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Breastfeeding Support

Additional Breastfeeding Information:
Breastfeeding Basics
Breastfeeding FAQs

A Special Word to New Mothers

The breastfeeding information provided here is available to encourage mothers to nurse whenever possible. However, there are rare occasions in which a mother may not have the ability to breastfeed her baby. It is because of these circumstances that pumping milk, donated milk from other healthy lactating mothers, or manufactured formula may be necessary to provide nutrition to one's baby.

If the above describes your situation- take heart! Do not allow yourself to be discouraged. You can still provide the love and closeness that your baby needs. You may even choose to allow your baby to suckle at your breasts to assist in bonding. You have not failed your baby, you have made a conscience decision to provide your baby with the very best that you can. Blessings to you and your little one.

If you have questions or feel you are in need of encouragement, please feel free to Contact Me anytime. I would be more than happy to assist you in any way I can.

About Breastfeeding

First, let it be said that although the breastfeeding relationship can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding relationships for both mother and baby, many times it comes with challenges that require a lot of devotion to overcome. Breastfeeding is natural… true enough, but learning to breastfeed is something altogether different.

Not everyone has difficulties breastfeeding. Sometimes mother and baby find a rhythm that is perfect for them and the whole relationship is smooth sailing. But many others feel the hurts and pains that can occur and find it easier to stop than correct the problem and press forward. It is my desire that you will press forward and give to your baby the very best of yourself for as long as the two of you desire. I want to present to you a basic understanding of the breastfeeding relationship and the differences between formula and breastmilk so that you can make a confident decision regarding your baby’s nutritional needs.

Understanding Your Baby's Need to Breastfeed

The need that your new baby has to be breastfed goes far beyond the excellent nutrition that you are able to provide for him or her. Your baby needs that time close to you, that touch, that skin to skin contact with you, knowing that you are there to protect. Your baby needs to hear your heartbeat, feel your warmth and bask in every close moment you give at your breast.

Emotional Benefits of the Breastfeeding Relationship

Breastfed babies bond with their mothers and their mothers bond with them. This bond is started at the very first feed and continues all throughout the breastfeeding relationship and well beyond those first years of life. Breastfeeding is a time to sit and relax, take a break from the world around you and just enjoy the smell, touch and feel of your baby.

As you take the time to love on your baby in this way, he returns that love and affection. He looks at you with wide eyes of wonder, he pierces your heart with his looks and smiles, he touches you softly with his hands and feet and your heart just melts for him. He falls asleep in your arms knowing that he is safe and secure right where he should be. It's true, you can feel these things while giving a bottle to a baby, but there is something unique to the breastfeeding relationship that cannot be expressed with mere words. Only you have what it takes to nourish him and fill him up both physically and emotionally. This relationship was all part of God's design and we should not take it for granted.

Bottle or Breast- What's the Big Deal?

You've heard it said over and over again, “Breast is Best!” but what does that really mean? It is true that breastmilk provides complete nutrition for your baby and offers many long lasting benefits to both mother and baby. Benefits such as bonding, immunization, and protection against infections and many childhood diseases, as well as a decrease in developing breast cancer are just a few on the list, but the truth of the matter is simply this…Breastmilk is normal. Our breasts were designed by God for a specific purpose, to feed, protect, and nourish our young. Therefore, breastmilk should be the standard by which we compare all other substitutes.

Ok…Let's Compare!

For a more detailed look at manufactured formula, click here.

On the Other Hand...

Breastfed babies and mothers enjoy these and many other benefits of their breastfeeding relationship.

Benefits for baby include:

  • Breastmilk helps pass meconium in the first days of life.
  • Breastmilk is easily digestible.
  • Breastmilk is always the right temperature.
  • Preterm breastmilk is designed specifically for preterm babies.
  • Breastmilk contains important immunities for your baby.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect against diabetes, allergies, asthma, ear infections, bacterial meningitis, respiratory infections, eczema, multiple sclerosis, and many, many more health concerns.

Benefits to mom include:

  • Suckling at the breast helps the uterus to shrink.
  • Breastfeeding helps to prevent postpartum hemorrhages
  • Breastfeeding helps mom lose weight.
  • Breastfeeding helps diabetic mothers by decreasing their insulin need.
  • Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding mothers have an increased protection against iron deficiency.
  • Breastfeeding mothers enjoy a delayed return of menstruation.
  • Breastmilk is a natural antibiotic and helps to heal wounds.
  • Breastmilk comes in a nicer package than formula!

Source: www.notmilk.com

Additional Breastfeeding Assistance

It's easy to see the benefits for both mother and baby that choose to breastfeed. Understanding the basics of breastfeeding can help you get started now to prepare for your breastfeeding experience. Use the link below to learn more. There are also a number of concerns that some mothers face regarding breastfeeding. I have put together a list in an effort to help every new mother find confidence and alleviate those concerns.

Breastfeeding Basics
Breastfeeding FAQs

I want to do all I can to assist you in your breastfeeding success. Please feel free to Contact Me at any time for a phone or one-on-one counseling session.