A reader writes, “I wanted to breastfeed my baby for at least six months, but I’m ready to give up after only two.”
Well, any mom will tell you breastfeeding takes diligence and discipline, and it’s not always easy. In fact, women are often nursing a big list of concerns when it comes to their baby’s health or their own.
Most doctors recommend breastfeeding for at least the first year of a baby’s life, but less than twenty percent of new moms make it half way, before giving up or adding formula.
However, help is available. Many hospitals have lactation specialists, plus you can always talk to your baby’s doctor. And often, the best source of advice is all around you—other moms. Talk to your friends, and consider joining a moms group in your community or church.
Make sure you’re fed too—with guidance and encouragement.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Breastfeeding Baby’s Brain
- CDC reports more mothers breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding impacts long-term weight gain in mothers
- Pacifiers may actually encourage breastfeeding in newborns
- Pediatric group says women should breastfeed at least one year
- Exclusive breast-feeding best for baby: Experts
- The list of long- and short-term benefits of breastfeeding continues to grow
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