Today kicks off World Breastfeeding Week which runs from August 1st until August 7th. The theme for this year is "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers." Women are more likely to breastfeed in the first place or keep breastfeeding if they have adequate support in order to do so, and that includes advice from breastfeeding peers.
We all know that nursing a baby can be difficult. Perfecting the latch and figuring out how to hold the baby and making sure you're eating and drinking enough and on and on and on. I think once the technical "stuff" of breastfeeding gets figured out, there's a sort of zen period. And then... at least for me, I started to wonder, "So, when do I get some time to myself again?" That touched out feeling would wash over me, and I'd start to feel grumpy about nursing sessions. I thought it was just me. Maybe not!
My love for breastfeedingwas far from there 14 years ago when the oldest made her debut. A 2 day less then a half heartened attempt was made before the white flag was waved. Same continued with the 2 older boys. It was something that amazed me but just seemed so foreign. Fast forward to about 8 yrs later, pulling my big girl panties on; I gave it a try. I actually stuck with breastfeeding Sy till he was 11 months old....more
A few days after we arrived home from Ethiopia as a family of four, I was sitting on the couch with one of my daughters when she stuck her hand down my shirt. I thought she was being playful at first, but it soon became clear she was reaching for my breast, wanting to nurse. I didn’t know what to do. My initial reaction was to gently pull her hand away and redirect her; after all, there was no milk there, and my four-year-old daughter is obviously not a baby. But I stopped myself, and here’s why…...more
I can't emphasize enough that when you have a new baby, you need support. Going it alone is unnatural and stressful. They say it takes a village, and while you may not have an entire village to help you, I hope you at least have your partner and a few trusted friends and relatives who are there for you.When it comes to breastfeeding support, you need to make sure that (a) you have some, and (b) you have the right kind....more