8.05.2013

Breastfeeding Resources, Preparation, Obstacles, Accessories and More


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Note: I am a huge breastfeeding advocate.  I encourage all mothers (first time or not) to give it a try.  I strongly feel that most women can breastfeed and overcome many obstacles that may be put in the way.  However, I also do not condemn women who choose not to breastfeed or stop breastfeeding for whatever reason.  I still love you, and you are still welcome here.  This post is simply meant to encourage those women who DO breastfeed (or have the desire to).
Photo by Red and Honey
As women, one of the most natural things our bodies were created to do is feed our babies.  Not only do we carry and nurture the baby in the womb, but we are then able to care for and feed the baby when she arrives.  Our bodies are truly amazing and well designed. 

I've had the privilege of nursing 2 children so far.  My first weaned at 13 months (she's my super independent one) and my second nursed for 24 months (she's a little more needy..haha).  

I realize that although it's a natural thing, it doesn't always come naturally or easily.  I'd like to offer you some support and good reading on this subject from fellow bloggers (all with permission).  Hopefully this round-up post will help and encourage you or a friend!  :)  

Why Breastfeed?

Because it's About More than Nutrition by A Little Bit of All of It

Preparing for Breastfeeding Before the Birth

Preparing for Breastfeeding - Resources by A Little Bit of All of It
How to Prepare for Breastfeeding by The Humbled Homemaker
Preparing for Breastfeeding Tip #1 by Abiding Support Childbirth

The First Weeks

Coconut Oil and Breastfeeding by Hybrid Rasta Mama
Colostrum: Baby's First Superfood by The Humbled Homemaker
Photo by Intoxicated by Life

Overcoming Obstacles 

Excess Lipase by Simply Rebekah 
Healing Mastitis Naturally (How I did it) by Simple Foody
Mamma's Milk Tea Recipe by Natural Living Mamma
Photo by Red and Honey

Breastfeeding in Public and Extended Nursing

Uninhibited Breastfeeding in Public (a 4 part series) by Red and Honey

Nursing Accessories 

Breastfeeding is one of the most frugal things a family can choose to do.  However, there are a few things that can be purchased to help a nursing family out.  You do not NEED any of the following things, however they do make things a little easier.  Most of these links are my Amazon affiliate link which means that if you purchase through the link I will earn a small percentage (at no extra cost to you - and often cheaper for you).   

Additional Support

La Leche League by Growing Slower
Breastfeeding Tips: Index of Articles by Intoxicated on Life

Are you a nursing family?  What other resources do you use for breastfeeding support?  Leave us a link in the comments so we can all learn together!  

The views in the above posts are not my own.  Though I do not agree 100% with everything written in each post, I feel that it is still worth sharing and can still help a struggling mother.
  

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