This week Social Good Moms’ members will share their best breastfeeding advice. Today’s advice is from Chris. Follow her at chrisgharmon.
Relax. Breastfeeding isn’t always easy at first (or maybe not even ever). Don’t let anyone else dictate it for you. Find a rhythm that works for you and your baby. And don’t let pressure from others (from any viewpoint) make you feel that you’re doing it wrong.
This post was originally published today on the World Vision USA’s blog.
When I visit low- and middle-income countries like Ethiopia, Zambia, the Philippines, and Tanzania, I am always heartened by the number of mothers I see breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding for so many of these mothers is the best and most affordable way for them to nourish their babies. While every mother does not breastfeed to be sure, the sheer number of mothers I see breastfeeding at local clinics, while walking with their baby strapped to them or taking a break on a city bench, gives me hope.
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This week Social Good Moms’ members will share their best breastfeeding advice. Today’s advice is from Alicia Vanatta. Follow her at @blogger4fun2011.
Don’t give up just because people may not want you to breastfeed. I formula fed my first 2 children, and am 11 weeks in nursing my son. It’s a tough first month but once you make it past 2 – 3 weeks of nursing, you’ll feel like a pro! Whether you pump or just nurse with no bottles, keep it up! You are doing what is truly best for your baby’s health. It’s a bond like no other and you will have more one on one time with baby as a mother.
Today marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week, but we still have more breastfeeding stories to share after today. We believe that moms help fellow moms through personal stories. That’s why we will continue to share the breastfeeding experiences of new and experienced moms alike. No one wants to feel alone at 2 AM in the morning when you’re feeding your baby and hoping you’re doing everything right.
You can read all of the stories we have shared so far on our Storify page.
We love Ebony’s breastfeeding story, Moms Gets Boob Job Less Than 24 Hours After Giving Birth , because it’s full of practical, uplifting advice for moms who are just starting the breastfeeding journey.
My advice to you is to breastfeed your child as long as he or she allows, or your body for that matter. Do not be discouraged by the initial slow production of milk (trust me, it’s just what your little one needs) or that you were able to do it for a short period. Know that some breast milk is better than none at all. Do your best!
One of the biggest concerns of breastfeeding mothers is whether or not they are producing enough breast milk for their babies. It’s a valid concern. Having a low milk supply can become an overwhelming frustration for mothers. Some turn to formula and others like Hope turn to pumping.
When Hope didn’t think she was producing enough breast milk she decided to pump instead so she could see exactly how much breast milk she was feeding her son. Now, she has no doubt she’s giving him everything he needs.
In the beginning, I was pumping every two to three hours. But I soon got sick of that and decided to only pump three times a day. Now, I’m down to twice a day.
Read Hope’s post: How I Starved My Baby Without Realizing It.