A lactavist’s rantings

There is so much misinformation about breastfeeding. Pediatricians are the worst offenders of giving out bad advice. You would think that something that is supposed to be normal and the best for your little one would be promoted more. You would think there would be more accurate information out there. You would think that pediatricians would actually care about the well-being of our children to educate themselves properly.

Sorry for the rant. I just hear and read so many stories. Not to mention the panic the pediatricians sent my husband and I into with our little guy. At least now I am educated on the subject and have great women to turn to for support.

This time around is going to be different. My husband and I went through so much with little man, we now know all of the difficulties that can arise in those first few months of breastfeeding.

There are so many wonderful  resources out there.  It would be nice if women could rely on their doctors and nurses for information, but unfortunately, most of the time, this isn’t the case. We have to question everything we are told.

It bothers me that so many people look at breastfeeding as this tabu thing. It is the most natural way to feed your baby. Our milk was made for us, cows milk for cows, etc. Every other mammal nourishes their young this way. Sure formula is sometimes a necessity. I am not denying that. I just don’t believe it should be the first choice. Formula is inferior to breastmilk. Breastmilk changes according to what your baby needs. Your body and your baby’s body communicate to each other through every feed. Your milk changes in consistency if your baby is more thirsty than hungry, if your baby is sick, if your baby is going through a growth spurt, if your baby just needs comfort. It also changes according to the time of day. At night, your milk actual has properties to help your baby sleep. Can formula do any of that? Your baby will consume about the same amount of breastmilk daily from one month old to six months old(around 30 – 35 oz), except when going through a growth spurt. With formula you have to keep feeding more and more, costing you more and more money. Breastfeeding is free!

Yes, breastfed babies wake up more, but that’s actually a good thing. They wake up because they need the nutrients to continue growing mentally and physically. Babies who wake up frequently throughout the night are at a lesser risk for SIDS than babies who sleep longer stretches. Formula, especially these new thicker formulas, just sit in the stomach. They take up room making the baby feel full, but they really need those more frequent feedings to get all of the calories they need for growth.

Here are some links to some great sites if you want the factual information behind my rant.

Breastfeeding benefits to you and babe  http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-breastfeeding-benefits-you-and-your-baby_8910.bc

Advantages to breastfeeding a toddler  https://www.llli.org/FAQ/advantagetoddler.html

AAP breastfeeding policy  http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;115/2/496%20

Everything you ever want/need to know about breastfeeding  www.kellymom.com

La Leche League  www.llli.org

Herbal and dietary lactation boosters  www.mobimotherhood.org

Breastfeeding videos  http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/

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