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Friday
Aug052011

Breastfeeding Essentials: Food for Thought

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week here is a link to some helpful videos compiled by Healthy Chilld, Healthy World.

 

by Janelle Sorensen, Chief Communications Officer, Healthy Child Healthy World

I did nothing to prepare for breastfeeding my first child. Zero. I figured, it’s such a natural act, there can’t be that much to it. Boy was I wrong.

I would have failed entirely in the very first few hours had it not been for an extremely supportive nurse (something many moms don’t have). And I only lasted four months because I became very ill and was on medication that made it unsafe for my daughter to breastfeed. I dried up. I was devastated.

Later, I learned that I should have pumped and dumped the milk to keep producing. I also learned that if I would have simply let my daughter start to suckle regularly, there would have been a good chance that my milk would have come back in. Sad.

I know many moms out there have their own breastfeeding stories and obstacles that perhaps they did or did not overcome. Let’s share them this week - in honor of World Breastfeeding WeekThe more we talk about our experiences, the more we can empower new moms and future moms.



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