Breastfeeding Advocacy

  • How to Be Awesome at Preparing for a Baby on a Budget

    This was a guest post written by Stephanie Lynch. She’s a freelance writer who resides in Gilbert, Arizona. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her family, scrapbooking and enjoying the outdoors. You’ve probably heard it before: “A baby, by the time they turn 18, will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Sure, while this can be true to an extent, it doesn’t mean you have to blow through your budget to make baby happy. If you’re new to parenting or maybe it’s even your third, here are some simple steps you can take to budget like a pro:   Ask for free samples and coupons Many manufacturers supply hospitals with samples of diapers and...
  • Moms Matter: Why Breastfeeding is So Important for Your Baby

    This guest post is written by Hannah Whittenly. She is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake. The evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, indicates that breastfeeding is something you should do as a mother if you can. Of course, you would need to produce a sufficient amount of milk to feed your baby, and you would have to adapt feeding times to allow for the necessary time for your baby to feed. This may include using a pump to capture and store breast milk. Here are some reasons why breastfeeding is so important for your baby.   Pathogen Protection Your new baby's digestive tract gains protection from pathogenic invaders from the...
  • Relaxation and meditation tips for nursing moms

    This article is a guest post written by Cassie Brewer. She is a freelance journalist and writer. Breastfeeding is one of the greatest challenges many women will face after having a baby. While breastfeeding comes easily and naturally for some mothers and their infants, the struggle for the perfect (and painless) latch frustrates many mothers…sometimes to the point of tears.   According to the 2011 Breastfeeding Report Card issued by the Centers for Disease Control, 79 percent of mothers initially breastfeed their newborns but only 49 percent continued breastfeeding their infants after six months. Only 27 percent of infants were breastfed for one year.   The need to go back to work often interferes with breastfeeding, especially since not all...
  • 5 Of The Most Comfortable Places For Your To Breastfeed Your Baby

    This is a guest post written by Kara Masterson. She is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding is extremely beneficial to newborn babies. After all, breastmilk affords them the perfect formula of nutrients and antibodies. In a study noted by breastfeeding advocacy group La Leche League, babies who breastfed were less likely to develop allergies and asthma than those who didn't. As for emotional health, skin-to-skin contact helps develop the bond between mother and child. Many women are determined to breastfeed their babies because of these many benefits. Learning to breastfeed can be a challenge for some women, but finding a comfortable, supportive place to breastfeed can really...
  • Top 10 Breastfeeding Positions

    This is a guest post written by Suzy Richards. She is a lovely mother of 3 girls (3 years, 4 years and 5) and a simple woman who is ready to share her priceless experience with other mommies around the world. She is an Advanced Practice Provider who passed birth doula and postpartum doula courses at Childbirth International in 2013. Susy is passionate about providing holistic care and is involved in pregnancy research currently publishing her articles concerning pregnancy on site rocketparents.com   Many moms have decided to start breastfeeding again because it is healthier for the baby. However, many new moms are not aware of how to properly hold their newborn. While bottles for breastfed seems to be the norm, breastfeeding...
  • A Breastfeeding Journey in the 21st Century

    This is a guest post written by Denielle Kennett. She is a first-time mom to her daughter Lennon and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband and two rescue dogs. She is the founder of It Takes a Village, a community dedicated to helping parents survive the first 12 weeks with their newborn baby by providing them with items essential to those first 3 months of life together. For more info, please email her at hello@thefirst12-weeks.com or visit ITAVBox.com. STOP STARING AT MY TITS - A BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY IN THE 21ST CENTURY   "Why don't you take a picture, it'll last longer!" "Keep staring maybe I'll do a trick!" "What are you looking at?" These have all crossed my mind...
  • How Breastfeeding Can Help You Improve Your Mental Health

    This article is a guest post written by Andrea Bell. You can learn more about her at the end of the post.    Breastfeeding is the best gift a mother could give to herself and her baby. To me, breastfeeding is not a choice it’s a huge responsibility. The benefits of breastfeeding have been well documented and there is no denying breastfeeding is important for the health of both the child and the mother.  You will be surprised to know that the benefits of nursing include the promotion of optimal health throughout the mother’s and the child’s lifespan. Many of you might not know that human milk has numerous disease-fighting and health-promoting elements that provide both nutrition and protection. We all know how...
  • It's Ok to Cry over an Empty Deep Chest Freezer…

    This is a guest post written by Rachel Barry. You can read more about her at the end of this article.  It’s ok to cry over an empty deep chest freezer… I shed a tear today for myself, my daughter, and my empty chest freezer. Our chest freezer held one of the most important things... breast milk. I had a difficult time breastfeeding. My daughter didn't have a tongue or lip tie, but something was keeping her from latching and staying on. I saw lactation consultant's and had experienced breastfeeding mom's come see if they could help. I wore a canteen contraption, that held breast milk, around my neck that had tubes that ran from the canteen to my nipples so that my daughter would...
  • The Benefits of Using a Lactation Consultant

    This is a guest post by Milveen Eke-Allen is a freelance writer and blogs about motherhood at glitterandglowmom.ca. She’s a mother of one and enjoys discovering new tips and tricks that empower the journey through parenthood. Photo from http://glitterandglowmom.ca/ The Benefits of Using a Lactation Consultant Whether you’re mom to one child or more, the initial stages of breastfeeding can be difficult to master. While your baby might have enjoyed sucking on their thumbs while in the womb, learning to properly latch is completely new to them. The result of this can be a painful experience for moms and an overwhelming desire to call it quits and switch to formula. Don’t give up! The benefits far out weigh the initial discomfort and...
  • Bonding with a Breastfed Baby - How Fathers Do It

    Breastfeeding is one of the most bonding parts of motherhood.  We get all the perks of extra cuddles, being a sense of comfort and that special bond with our new (and older) babies.  One of the most discouraging myths for new parents is that basically partners of a breastfeeding mom are despised by newborns and will have to wait until the toddler years to really bond with their child.  With a little effort, father's can feel close and bonded with their little ones and the new mama. We recently asked our Facebook community how their partners bonded with their newborn baby.  We had a great response.  It is so wonderful to see the different ways men share in the bond during these precious early...

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