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Hug A Breastfeeding Mom!

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[info_box]Today’s guest post comes from Judy Banfield, the “Mountain Mama” behind the Mountain Baby blog and store. After reading this post on Parenting With Confidence I asked her to share some wisdom with us. Enjoy! [/info_box]

Petri Dish Tested, Mother Nature Approved

The first week of October is World Breastfeeding Week in Canada. All across the country people will be celebrating all that breastfeeeding offers to babies, mothers, families, communities, and our planet. What Mother Nature has always known – that breast is best – we now know from the enormous amount of research that is being conducted world wide. As we learn more about breast milk and breastfeeding we continue to be astounded about this amazing food that nature has designed for our babies.

Breast milk is the perfect food for babies, providing every nutrient they need for the first six months of life. Breast milk also provides living immunities to babies thereby preventing a wide range of illnesses and health problems.

Most moms want to provide their babies with the very best nutrition, but sometimes breastfeeding can be challenging. Although it is “natural” it is not instinctive. Both mothers and babies need to learn to breastfeed.

A Quick History

Up until the middle of the 20th century everyone breastfed, and girls learned all about it long before they became mothers. If they had breastfeeding challenges there were always lots of women who knew what to do. With the aggressive marketing of formula starting in the 40’s, we became, very quickly, a bottle feeding culture, and the breastfeeding wisdom of timeless generations was lost. Since then, mothers learn to breast feed in relative isolation, and, depending on where they live, when they have problems there may be few resources to turn to.

The reality is that mothers need support when they are breastfeeding. Sometimes they just need some solid information and good technical know-how to help them solve their difficulties. Most moms, whether they are having specific problems or not, just need a good dose of encouragement, appreciation, love and acknowledgement (plus a few meals in the freezer!).

Which Brings Us To . . .

The research is very clear that the biggest determining factor in moms’ breastfeeding experience is the whole hearted support of their partners, their families,  and their friends. YOU can be a breast feeding mom’s biggest booster by providing encouragement, praise, love and acknowledgment for all she is doing for her baby. If she is having problems, encourage her to get help, support her in any success she has, whether she is feeding full time at the breast, or pumping, or needing to supplement.

We are all committed to providing the very best nutrition we can for babies. If we “nourish” breastfeeding moms, they will in turn nourish their babies.

So think of yourself as an advocate for healthy, well nourished babies. Smile at moms when you see them nursing their babies and give a hug to every breastfeeding mom you know!. And if you are a breastfeeding mom,  give yourself a big hug, and a nice, relaxing, hot bath!

Happy Breastfeeding Week!

Some breastfeeding resources:

La Leche League Canada  http://www.lllc.ca/

La Leche League International: http://www.llli.org/

Kellymom: http://www.kellymom.com/

Dr. Jack Newman’s website: http://www.drjacknewman.com/

There are many breastfeeding websites, many of which offer confusing and inaccurate, poorly researched information. The above websites are trustworthy. Be sure to utilize the personal help of your local La Leche League, Lactation Consultants, Public Health Nurses, Breastfeeding clinics,  midwives and breastfeeding supportive physicians.

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15 Responses to Hug A Breastfeeding Mom!

  1. Sorry for the bad punctuation . . . there’s supposed to be a question mark in there somewhere!

  2. ?? Here’s a couple extra, just so you’ve got them for next time.

  3. @Morgan – My pelvic floor thanks you for yet another reminder to get fit :)

  4. Heather says:

    When Katie bonks her little brother she always apologizes. But when he does it? Not so much. Okay, so he’s one and totally doesn’t get it, but I know that makes it hard for my daughter to have closure and move on. Sometimes – when hair has been pulled a little too hard or eyes have been gouged – I crouch down and pretend to be an older version of Micah. I ask Katie’s forgiveness and thank her for the ways she loves and cares for me.

    It may sound corny, but I think it really helps. Breastfeeding is like that, too. Kids don’t know how or don’t think to thank us for the sacrifices we make, but we still need to hear it! Thanks for the reminder that we can do this for each other :)

    • Sunny Espanet

      says:

      I was wondering if this comment was posted in the wrong place until I saw the second paragraph. :) Now I get it!

      Just wanted to add that you can teach Micah “I’m sorry” in sign language, then gently “help” him “say” it to her. It is just a fist (which is the letter s in sign language) placed against the chest (his own chest). I totally do everything I can to make sure siblings are best friends, and asking/granting forgiveness is a huge part of that. :)

  5. Amanda says:

    I definitely would not have been able to breastfeed my first without the great support of my family. He did not even latch until he was 4 weeks.

  6. Mamabird

    says:

    I’m wondering if any of your followers have experience with relactation. (Or at least starting to build a supply back up after a long break.) and… any thoughts on if it is possible to teach a 3 month old to breastfeed? I’m willing to EP if needed, but I would love to get him back to the breast…

  7. Jamie says:

    I totally agree about the support system!

    My mom (who breastfed me until I was 6 years old)
    was there when my son was born two months premature.
    She was a huge support for me. The NICU staff was (for the most part) not very pro-breastfeeding of preemies. And he was the only baby one nurse had seen born at his gestational age leaving the NICU (13 days later) exclusively breastfed.

    If I didn’t have her support I might have given in to the pushy nurses that just wanted me to make it easier and give him a soy bottle (ew!)

  8. Sarah G says:

    Great post. I had such a tough time with breastfeeding for the first five months or so; quite nightmareish!! And although I had a ‘supportive’ health visitor I didn’t feel she was that knowledgeable with some of the issues I was having, and thus nothing really changed for quite some time. I kept pushing for help and slowly things got better, and I managed to feed for a year (quite proud of myself!). I would have liked to feed longer but my little one was just done at that time. HHmmm, Maybe I should write a post about my experiences in case anyone else is having the same thing….? Maybe there should be somewhere for women to share breastfeeding stories (just like is often done for birth stories etc)? or maybe there is and I just haven’t found it :-) sorry for long ramblings!

  9. Celestine

    says:

    I had such a tough time with breastfeeding for the first five months or so; quite nightmareish!! just so you’ve got them for next time.

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