Breastfeeding isn't just good for babies; it boasts many health advantages for moms, too. One benefit, especially noteworthy during October for Breastfeeding Awareness Month, is the reduced risk of breast cancer in breastfeeding moms.
New research out today confirms that buying breast milk on the Internet via milk-sharing sites may not be safe. Not surprising, I suppose. And although breast milk purchased from online sites may be free or as cheap as $1 an ounce, it may carry significant risk for babies.
Given that we don't have the equipment to breastfeed, we considered our options and saw donated milk as the best path. Having turned out just fine we had no strong aversion to formula -- it seemed though, that if possible to feed our little human babies human milk, that made more sense than processed milk from a cow.
Everyone has an opinion on your parenting methods. The advice comes at us from medical professionals, friends, family and even strangers on the street. We are exposed more than ever before to more information, but also more evaluation and more judgment
They are a natural part of your body, no big deal, something to hide, something to be ashamed of, bought in a doctor's office, something to flaunt, a prize, part of a show for entertainment, something to change, something that produces milk, an industry. They are an enigma.
Breastfeeding can be challenging enough as it is for many moms, so when you introduce the return to work and the need to pump milk, it can be daunting.
Back then I could barely whisper my breastfeeding concerns. In those first months I was often isolated. Frustrated. Lost. I'm sure plenty of other mothers struggled as well but I wasn't comfortable or confident enough to talk about it.
The only thing I regret is not having given more thought to the surgeon's warning that as a result of the surgery, I may lose my ability to breastfeed. I was 18. Childrearing seemed decades away. They'll be able to fix that by then, I thought.
The children of this country are our responsibility. How can we encourage other parents to feed their children with love if they don't have anything to feed them?
If you cover because it makes YOU feel better, then by all means keep covering up. I support you. But if you cover to make OTHER PEOPLE feel better, well then sister, come sit by me and we'll nurse in public together.
I cannot brush my hair today/There is no time, there is no way./I have a toddler and new twins too /If I'm not wiping poop I'm giving boob.
Coordinating schedules, planning meal times, scheduling drop-offs and pick-ups is a handful, so when you factor in the sometimes demanding breastfeeding lifestyle, it can seem daunting. Thankfully there are some steps a new mom can take to make this transition a bit more seamless.
I'll do what I can, but if I must resort to formula, I know it won't be the end of the world -- there is so much more to mothering. And if other mothers at the playground want to judge me for feeding my baby formula, go ahead -- I won't judge anyone for breastfeeding in public.
As much as I am an advocate of breastfeeding, I also think it's important to be truthful about the difficulties to help mothers be prepared. Let's both encourage moms to breastfeed and give them the tools to assist them to stop when they move through that sensitive time.
I will likely always mourn the loss of my baby on my boob, having the most natural of bonds, the feeling of milk inside of me, being able to provide what no one else can. But I know that in the big picture, this is just a tiny piece of the post-partum puzzle.
When breastfeeding is in decline and before a resurgence it sends a message at odds with what new mothers within the developing world should be hearing, and that is this: beyond any other preventive measures, breastfeeding infants under 2-years-old has the greatest impact on a child's health and survival.