It happened for the first time two weeks ago. My 10-month-old baby got sick.
Up until then, she has had no sniffles. No runny noses. No fevers. No ear infections or aches. No doctor’s visits. Not-a-one.
At ten months, she’s eating a wonderfully colorful diet of fruits, vegetables, organic meats, and dairy products; she also still nurses. Though I am grateful every day for the many merits of breastfeeding, never have I been more grateful than when she recently caught that small stomach bug. As I breastfed her, it struck me again how powerful breastfeeding is for the prevention of illnesses – here in the USA and around the world. Read more of Stephanie’s story at Saving Babies’ Lives - one boob at a time - Metropolitan Mama.
Stephanie Sheaffer is a writer, reader, entrepreneur, and the mother of three little girls. She is the founder of Metropolitan Mama and editor-in-chief of TucsonTopia. Find her on Twitter @stephsday and on Pinterest @stephanielikes.
I grew up seeing moms breastfeeding their babies and, thanks God, hardly hearing sad histories about that. When I was 7 years old my youngest sister, Tiffany, was born and I remember how beautiful my Mother looked breastfeeding her until she was a big baby, even after start eating some food. I believe that example – and also the stories about my Grandmother Matsuno, who breastfeed all of 8 children and the youngest son (born when she was 42 years old!) until 2 years old! – made me almost ready to do the same for my children.
Example is important, but also is information. When my fist son was born, besides I was prepared to breastfeed, I knew anything about First Hour and my baby came to me almost 3 hours after my emergency all c-section. For the second child I tried to reduce this time between birth and breastfeed, but it was still 2 hours. Now that I’m pregnant with our third baby, I decided to breastfeed right after she was born and I already communicate the hospital and team who will be with me there. Read more at Breasfeeding and advocating for the first hour | A Vida Como A Vida Quer (@avidaquer)
When I lost my breast milk supply after attending my first blogging conference last summer, I learned how fragile that part of my identity was. I love every aspect of providing nutrition for my children, but breastfeeding doesn’t come without its challenges.
Breastfeeding mothers everywhere should have access to information that allows them to make an informed choice and the support they need to breastfeed. Even in developed countries, where we needn’t worry about the quality of our water or question the integrity of formula makers, we still have a long way to go to support breastfeeding moms.
Read Vanessa’s story at Nature’s Most Splendid Superfood: Breast Milk - De Su Mama.
Writer and legacy builder at De Su Mama (www.desumama.com), Vanessa is building a legacy for her biracial children through memoir writing, explorations of personal identity and the documentation of parenting values, traditions, travel and food culture. She is a bicultural Latina in an interracial marriage who believes in creating a purposed legacy and is driven to help other parents do the same.
It has been quite awhile since I breastfed my little ones but even so it is one of those subjects that I am still deeply passionate and opinionated about. From the time my youngest was born I knew I would breastfeed and mostly that was because my own mother had. I recall her breastfeeding my younger brother well into his toddler years and she talked about the joy of breastfeeding so enthusiastically that I knew I had do the same when I became a mother. This made me the odd one out among my friends and peers but I also found that I truly enjoyed the whole breastfeeding experience and I fed my oldest child this way until I had to return to work, about four months after his birth.
Read more of Tiffany Washko’s story at Breastmilk is Superfood for Babies | Nature Moms Blog.
Tiffany is a green, paleo, crossfit mom of three. She is concerned about health, wellness, and sustainability issues.
At both hospitals, I was asked immediately after delivering my sons (and maybe even before), what my feeding plans would be. With my first son, it was challenging to get the hang of the process, struggling not only from the pain of a c-section but also the pain of the new sensation. However, with the help of the lactation consultants, we were able to get him feeding. They even followed up with me once I was sent home. (via Breastfeeding Saves Babies Lives: The First Hour Superfood)
Tawanna Browne Smith is a travel writer for 10 Best.com, freelance writer/blogger, and family travel strategist. She has a Masters in Public Policy - International Economic Development but has chosen to stay home to care for her critically ill son. She’s happily married to her Navy husband and two energetic boys. To learn more about Tawanna, you can find her at www.momsguidetotravel.com.
My children were very different when it came to nursing. My first weighed in at a healthy 8.5 pounds, then promptly lost over a pound when she refused to learn how to nurse. She was a struggle for a couple months (she finally regained birth weight at two months of age). I am very glad I had a supportive pediatrician who was willing to continue to support breastfeeding instead of supplementing; my milk supply was not the problem, and my daughter was not in any immediate developmental danger. My second child weight in at 9.5 pounds, and actually gained weight in the hospital because she took to nursing so well right off the bat.
Bekah blogs at Motherhood Moment about parenting tips, including saving time and money, meal and activity ideas, and more. She also posts about mindful parenting and eco-friendly living at Motherhood Moment.
When my children were born, more than 30 years ago, breastfeeding was not as popular as it is now. My daughter in law Laura, who is the mom of 2 with another on the way is a very pro breastfeeding activist. Cody is 6 years old and was breast fed right from the beginning. Earl, just turned 1 this month and Ella is due in early June. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her thoughts on breastfeeding.
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Laura is a mom to 2 and one on the way. She is a teacher and is able to come home on lunch to feed the baby. Cody is 7 years old, Earl just turned 1 this month and Baby Ella is due at the beginning of June. She totally supports breastfeeding where ever and whenever the need arises.
As I have talked about before with 3 children I have been on both sides of the “feeding your baby” spectrum. With my older 2 they were formula fed and my youngest was breastfed for 18 months. I know the challenges that come from formula feeding on a tight budget (my oldest) and wanting to breastfeed but with a baby that didn’t want to and asking for help and not getting it because it would have been cheaper on the budget (my son) and then having all the help and support I needed to be successful at breastfeeding (my youngest).
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When both of my daughters were born they took to my breasts immediately. I was incredibly amazed by that and still am to this day. How did two tiny newborns instinctively know how to breastfeed straight from the womb? After reading many breastfeeding stories and talking to countless moms over the years I know I was one of the fortunate ones who had little problems with breastfeeding. I never had a problem nursing my daughters except for the occasional soreness at the beginning. That’s not the case with every mom, however. Only 6.7% of births take place in baby-friendly hospitals in the United States where moms can get critical breastfeeding support if they need it, according to Save the Children, causing many moms to give up if they don’t get necessary breastfeeding support and education.