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February 24, 2020
Are you a new mom who is trying to breastfeed?
We’ve learned so much in the past few decades about the importance of breastfeeding; but, let me tell you from my own experience—the pressure can be a bit overwhelming for a new mom! The day my daughter was born, she was on my chest in a matter of minutes and the nurse stood over us to watch her latch, ready to make that checkmark on the chart! I felt great for about half a day, until someone else came in and said “You’re not doing it right!”. After that, my daughter wasn’t gaining weight and had jaundice. So, homecare visits were ordered and finally in came someone with some compassion to the situation, advising that perhaps I wasn’t producing enough milk. Breast pumps were recommended to help with the production, a review of a proper latch and away we went. The breast pumps helped get the production of milk going and we were finally off to the races.
I say all of this lightly, but I’ll never forget that feeling of wanting to cry every time someone imposed their advice on me and acted as though I was about to give up!
Challenges that Cause Impact
Several factors can affect successful breastfeeding (none of which I knew when I had my baby):
Further research explained that some women may stop breastfeeding before six months, due to additional challenges, such as:
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for children—including lowering the risk of Type II diabetes, obesity, and better intelligence scores. Breastfeeding helps protect infants from childhood illnesses; breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant requires until 6 months old (then complementary feedings can start with continued breastfeeding up to and beyond two years). Breast milk has antibodies and helps protect against childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
Breastfeeding is great for mothers—it helps lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as Type II diabetes, and postpartum depression. Also, breastfeeding can promote infant bonding, as well as greater postpartum weight loss.
Breastfeeding has also shown to reduce acute otitis media (inner ear inflammation), gastroenteritis, respiratory tract infections, atopic dermatitis, asthma (in young children), childhood leukemia, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and necrotizing enterocolitis (where bacteria invade and damage the wall of the bowel) [iv] [v]
Tidbits and Key Takeaways
Some people may talk about nipple confusion and advise against a pacifier; however, a systematic review of two randomized trials after successful latching showed no significant difference in breastfeeding rates between those that used a pacifier and those that did not. [vi] Also, including fathers in breastfeeding education may help improve breastfeeding rates. [vii]
Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
In our book, Recipes for Growing Me ~6-months, we’ve highlighted the continued importance of breast milk at this developmental stage:Did you Know?
When I’m 6 months oldThere are so many things to tryBut it’s mostly for exploringAnd here is whyI need most of my nutrientsFrom formula or mother’s milkIt is so good for meLike a natural silkDon’t be afraid to tell me noI’m just curious to ask you so
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Have a bloomin’ day!Sarah & Karen
[i] Journal Pediatric 2014 Jun;164(6):1339
[ii] International Breastfeeding Journal 2015;10:19
[iii] Journal Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition 2015 Nov;61(5):577
[v] DynaMed, Ipswich (MA): EBSCO Information Services. 1995. Record No.T115517, Breastfeeding; [updated 2018 Nov 30]. Available from https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115517
[vi] Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Aug 30: (8): CD007202
[vii] DynaMed, Ipswich (MA): EBSCO Information Services. 1995. Record No.T115517, Breastfeeding; [updated 2018 Nov 30]. Available from https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115517
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Hello—I’m Karen, the other face, and designer/illustrator of Watch Me Bloom! Join me this month as I share my experience and creative process in designing our book series—Recipes for Growing Me—and what it's like to develop a product collection. From the character development, to matching onesies, creating a ready to go baby shower gift, lunchbox cards to affirm young children, or a variety of digital wall art/prints, we've got a gift for every baby shower and new parent.
November 30, 2020
There’s no doubt, being a first-time parent can be stressful. With so many new things to consider; knowing if your baby is eating enough is just one of the many concerns you might have. You’ll often hear experts (including parents!) say that newborns will typically have feedings every 2-3 hours. But, how much per feeding? And how does this change as they get older? In this month’s blog, our goal is to simplify the guidelines on how much to feed your baby, starting from birth to 12-months-old.
They grow up so fast!
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