What we hear often enough, we start to believe. Those beliefs shape the decisions we make. This is often the case when we are making decisions about parenting and especially breastfeeding. What we have heard from our friends or family or online, we start to believe and before we know it, we start to say things to ourselves like:
"I won’t be able to breastfeed my baby because my breasts are too small. "
"I can never breastfeed my baby because my breasts are much too large."
If these are things that you have heard, wondered about, or believe they could stop you from breastfeeding your baby.
These beliefs have stopped a lot of moms from even trying to breastfeed their babies.
Moms who may be struggling to get started with breastfeeding may find themselves blaming the size of their breasts for their difficulty.
But, here is the truth:
The size of your breasts does not have anything to do with whether you can breastfeed your...
This week is World Breastfeeding Week - a week dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide. The theme this year is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.
To me, that means that it takes some effort and support to continue the breastfeeding relationship past those first few weeks of life. Because, about 80% of new moms start out breastfeeding. But, the percentages drop over time. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that babies receive breastmilk exclusively until they are 6 months of age - that means no other form of nutrition such as water, baby foods or artificial baby milk. Then after 6 months, foods should be introduced and breast milk continued until one year of age or longer.
The numbers of mother's who provide breastmilk to their babies are rising in the US. At last report, almost 50% of mothers were still breastfeeding at 6 months. And that number drops to...
This is a question I am asked often: I am expecting my first baby and I want to breastfeed but how will I know if he is getting enough milk? How do I know if he is even getting ANY milk at all for that matter?
How many of you have asked that question before? I know I have been asked that question even as milk has been running out of the cheeks of a very contented breastfeeding baby.
Its just hard to know when it’s not something we can easily measure, right?
And even though breastfeeding is a normal and natural process, it is not necessarily easy. And it doesn’t FEEL easy or natural in the beginning for anyone.
If you heard my own breastfeeding story, you know I can relate.
So, let me help you out with 7 Signs you can look for to know that your baby is getting enough breastmilk.
1: You put the baby to the breast as soon after delivery as possible and are keeping the baby with you 24 hours a day.
Ideally the baby should attempt to...