Friday, September 18, 2009


I have now been breastfeeding my daughter for 6 months. I feel this is a great accomplishment, especially considering it has not always been easy. I have had a few friends lately who have struggled with nursing their newborns. While the first few weeks are the hardest, there are several problems that can arise during the following months. I encourage all new mothers to breastfeed because the benefits to your child are great:

  • Protects against infections/illness/allergies-your milk can transfer immunities to your baby
  • Lower chance of SIDS
  • According to studies enhances intelligence and development
  • Better health later in life, including better dental health and a lower chance of cancer and diabetes

Most of us would do anything for our babies and this (in my opinion) is one of the best things you can do. In addition, the best result for you as the mom is getting back into your old clothes. Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories a day! You can take these steps to ensure you get the best experience:

  • Read, read, read-I prepared myself by reading every piece of advice I could find. This way I knew what to expect from the beginning.
  • Seek out help. There are several organizations such as La Leche League that provide support for breastfeeding moms. Most hospitals also offer a support group. Don't be afraid to attend one of these events. It is always nice to know their are moms just like you!

  • Be prepared with all the necessary equipment. Buy a good breast pump. Buy a few good nursing bras. Buy some nursing blouses if you choose.

  • Meet with a lactation specialist in the hospital. If your hospital doesn't offer one, meet with one right after you leave the hospital. It was strange to have someone messing with my boobs, but it really did help.

  • Find friends that are breastfeeding. Talk about your problems and concerns with them.

Here are some great sites that provide more information:

Feel free to post any comments about what challenges you have had or other tips you would like to share!

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