Breastfeeding isn't just best for baby. There are significant medical, emotional and financial benefits for nursing moms. It is also one of the best ways to bond with your baby.
Just when you feel like you've got breastfeeding all figured out, your baby enters a new phase. Breastfeeding a growing and curious baby is a different experience than breastfeeding a newborn. Here are a few suggestions on dealing with some of the common challenges that come with breastfeeding older infants.Read more... »
Some babies are easily distracted while nursing, especially as they get older and start moving. You may have been able to watch the TV while breastfeeding before, but now the voices and music cause baby to pull off and turn away. And nursing in public becomes a game of hide-and-seek!Read more... »
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding through at least the first 12 months though standards of how long to breastfeed vary across cultures and personal beliefs. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends nursing to 2 years. It is important to know that the benefits of breastfeeding continue for you and your baby as long as you are nursing and last far beyond weaning. The benefits don't diminish or expire on baby's first birthday!Read more... »
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life and then to at least 12 months of age with complementary foods. With that said, every mother will determine how long she will nurse, when she will wean her...Read more... »
Breastfeeding twins is something that not many moms get to experience. It is a very special and unique experience that takes some time to master. If your twins have arrived early, you will most likely begin learning how to breastfeed with the help of a hospital team. Once you and your babies have gone through the steps to learn how to breastfeed individually, the nurses and lactation consultants will be able to help you simultaneously breastfeed your twins. When you head home from the hospital, don't be surprised if your babies don't stick to a schedule. Stick with it and you will find a rhythm at home that works for you.Read more... »