I have been breast feeding Elle on demand for 16 months. I chose to breast feed because of all the amazing benefits and whoa nelly, there is a long list of them. Breast feeding protects your baby from illnesses, from developing allergies, it can enhance your baby’s intelligence, protects your baby from obesity, lowers your baby’s risk against SIDS, it can also reduce the mom’s stress level and risk of postpartum, and it may even reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. An easily overlooked benefit of breast feeding is it helps form an incredibly close bond between mother and child. Breast feeding is one of my proudest accomplishments as a mother. Yet, with all of the joy nursing has brought us, let me tell you, it was not easy in the beginning.
you need the following: perseverance and a strong pain threshold.
Educate yourself, seek help before you give birth: go to a Mother’s
Circle, La Leche meeting, read books and online forums/stories; anything
so that you have resources at your fingertips in case you need it. Get
the mother of all nursing pillows: My Brest Friend. Definitely purchase a
breast pump. Nurse as frequently as your baby wants.
parents, we are inundated with information, sometimes too much. There
are so many things people tell you as a new mom, but trust yourself and
your intuition. Though I fully believe in all of the benefits of breast
feeding and am very pro nursing, I also know it is a very personal
decision. Sometimes women have a very strong desire to nurse but are not
physically able. If you cannot nurse, grieve the loss and move
on. Whatever you decide, be confident in your decision. Above all, be
kind to one another and offer support and encouragement; that’s what we
really need more of.
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