is one of the best experiences of my life, I am passionately dedicated
to the subject! I believe breastfeeding is one of the worlds greatest
gifts given to a mother and child.
In this modern world, mothers are
sometimes taken down the wrong path when faced with the question on how
to nourish their babies. Formula is slammed at these mothers faces every
chance they get. All for profit! Even the Government spends millions of
dollars on formula through the WIC program. This is plain silly when
most women could be breastfeeding instead. From the start of their pregnancies from Ob's, society,
commercials. Formula manufacturers make it seem as though formula
actually mimics our milk, NOT SO! Formula should not even be a second
choice for women who cannot physically breastfeed. (which is a small
percentage). Breastfeeding is and always will be superior to any
man made concoction. If more mothers were given equal amounts of
information about the two from people that they trust I believe most
would chose to breastfeed. They may survive on formula but breastfeeding's
potential is limitless! Breastfeeding is much more than nourishment, it
provides skin to skin contact with mommy, crucial for babies emotional
I understand deeply that
breastfeeding may sometimes not be as simple as giving birth and
putting baby to breast. I had many boundaries to overcome in the first
weeks of my son's life. My son sucks his bottom lip in slightly (slight
overbite), he had problems latching on. Getting him to latch on properly
was almost impossible, he was not flaring his lips when feeding. Every
time we sat down to feed it was like staring over. I experienced
bleeding, cracked nipples, and a very good amount of pain. Did I feel a
bit discouraged, YES!! I would cry many times over the pain because I
knew that if I could just get over this initial hump things would be
much better. I may have given up if I hadn't researched breastfeeding so
much. I also had these incredible primal instincts telling me this was
the right thing to do. Something was definitely testing my convictions,
my convictions were very strong though. I was absolutely adamant about
succeeding and I believe that because I was adamant about this, because I
didn't give myself any other choices, I did succeed and it made the end
result that much more sweet!
Suffice it to say, weeks had past
and each day we were closer to experiencing a awesome breastfeeding
relationship. After 5-6 weeks my pain diminished and my son was
positioning himself wonderfully. Our experience has made me even more
appreciative of our breastfeeding relationship. I am so glad that I persevered
because the experience is wonderful, I can't even attempt to put it into
I believe support is absolutely
fundamental. This can make or break a breastfeeding relationship. Research
breastfeeding, stand by your convictions, make an effort greatly,
surround yourself with breastfeeding moms, support groups and the like.
If you do experience problems get help because you'll be thanking
yourself for this later. Rest assure also that most women will not have
pain while feeding and most will reap the wonderful benefits as soon as
I don't have
enough milk: Most women produce more than enough milk, baby may not be
getting all mommies milk. With the right info and direction this can be
babies need extra water: Mommies milk contains all the water baby needs,
even in hot weather.
shows how much milk you have: Pumping shows how much you can pump, baby
is the most efficient pump ever.
with flat or inverted nipples cannot breastfeed: through you may require
special latch on techniques, breastfeeding is obtainable.
needs to stop when mom is sick: with very few exceptions, mom should
continue to breastfeed, this is the best protection for baby in the
event that baby contracts the infection.
who become pregnant cannot continue to breastfeed: Although your supply
may diminish this isn't a problem if baby is taking other foods. Some
women go on to tandem nurse (both baby and child).
need to learn to take a bottle: Unless mom wants to introduce a bottle,
there are no reasons for this.
in a bottle feeding
vs. Breast ingredients
every parent should know (article)
Greiner's Breastfeeding Site
1.5 million babies die each year
because they are not breastfed.
Your milk destroys germs, crucial
in the first weeks of life.
Your milk is specially formulated
for your baby, providing the best possible nutrients which are NOT found
Your milk is alive with cells
living cells and antibodies, formula is dead.
Your milk is easy for tiny tummies
to digest, as nature intended.
Women who breastfeed have lower
instances of developing breast cancer, the longer you breastfeed you
lower your risks further.
Breastfed babies have fewer
infections, diarrhea, and allergic reactions.
Breastfed babies have higher
Your helping the environment by
Lack of breastfeeding has been
linked to developing some diseases later in life, including crohn's
disease, cancer, Hodgkin's disease.
Read more about the many benefits
of breastfeeding, both for mom and baby! (below)
Reasons to Breastfeed!!