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    Inspiring Breastfeeding Quotes

    Breastfeeding my two children over six years was one of the most rewarding parts of my mothering adventure. I’ll always be glad I went for it, was successful, and stuck with it. Whether you’re thinking of breastfeeding, or have breastfed for a few days, weeks, months, or years, you know that nourishing your baby at your breast is natural, healthy, and offers benefits for both baby AND mom. It’s not always easy to get started, or keep going, but the advantages are great. If you’re having trouble and need a little encouragement, or just a pat-on-the-back-reminder of why you’re doing what you’re doing, I’ve compiled are a few joyful breastfeeding quotes to keep you going.


    Here’s to you meeting your own breastfeeding goals - whatever they may be. Go, mama!  You can do it! 


    The natural power of breastfeeding is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It is about real love. It is about caring and celebrating the wondrous joy of nurturing a new life. It is about enjoying being a woman.

    ~ Anwar Fazal

    Breastfeeding is a mother's gift to herself, her baby and the earth. 

    ~ Pamela K. Wiggins



    Breastmilk satisfies.

    ~Ohio Department of Health

    She doesn’t need to count how often she feeds the baby any more than she counts how often she kisses the baby.

    ~ Babette Francis (Journal of Tropical Pediatrics & Environmental Child Health)



    The newborn baby has only three demands. They are: warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.

    ~ Dr. Grantly Dick-Read



    Breastfeeding a baby – what could be more natural?

    ~ LLL; The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding


    Breastfeeding confers significant short and long-term health benefits for both the mother and her infant, which go beyond the period of breastfeeding itself.

    ~ National Health Service of Great Britain



    Nursing does not diminish the beauty of a woman's breasts; it enhances their charm by making them look lived in and happy. 

    ~ Robert A. Heinlein



    Breastfeeding is more than just a method of feeding. It is a lifestyle choice.

    ~ Dr. William Sears



    While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby. 

    ~ Amy Spangler



    Mother's milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature's perfect food. 

    ~ Robert S. Mendelsohn



    When she first felt her son's groping mouth attach itself to her breast, a wave of sweet vibration thrilled deep inside and radiated to all parts of her body; it was similar to love, but it went beyond a lover's caress, it brought a great calm happiness, a great happy calm. 

    ~ Milan Kundera



    My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard. 

    ~ David Allen



    Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren't sure at first that they could do it.  It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form. 

    ~ Christine Northrup



    The one thing that has evolved with humans, to nourish humans, is breast milk. It is the ideal evolutionary model for what nourishment should be. It is a remarkable fluid.

    ~ J. Bruce German, a food science professor at the University of California, Davis



    Imagine that the world had created a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it.

    ~ Frank Oski



    Babies were born to be breastfed!

    ~ U.S. Department of Health & Human Services



    Breastfeeding is an unsentimental metaphor for how love works, in a way.  You don’t decide how much and how deeply to love – you respond to the beloved, and give with joy exactly as much as they want. 

    ~ Marni Jackson



    With his small head pillowed against your breast and your milk warming his insides, your baby knows a special closeness to you. He is gaining a firm foundation in an important area of life – he is learning about love.

    ~ La Leche League pamphlet  c.1956



    In breastfeeding, the infant is cradled in the mother’s arms. Pleasure in sucking, the satisfaction of hunger, intimacy with the mother’s body, are united with his recognition of her face.

    ~ Selma Fraiberg


    Posted: Oct 26 2011, 18:38 by kelly | Comments (4) RSS comment feed |
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    Why Should You Breastfeed Your Baby?

    If you are pregnant, you may be considering breastfeeding your baby once she arrives. Breastfeeding is natural, normal, and healthy – for your baby and for you! You may not know yet if it’s the choice you want to make, but, please consider these reasons why breastfeeding – even if you aren’t sure it’s the right choice for you – is likely the right choice for your baby:


    Breastmilk helps fight infection!
    When you breastfeed, your antibodies are passed from your body to your baby. What this means is that your baby will get sick less often [50% reduced risk of ear infections, 64% reduced risk of GI infections, 72% reduced risk of hospitalization from pneumonia | Source: http://www.breastfeedingtaskforla.org/resources/ABMRisks.htm
    ] and when she does get sick, it will likely be less severe, and the duration will be shorter. The antibacterial properties of breastmilk don’t stop IN your baby. You can use breastmilk topically too – to clear & moisturize tiny noses, treat pink eye, and soothe rashes, small scrapes, and other infections.

    [Source: WomensHealth.org]

    Breastfeeding your baby reduces the risk of SIDS!
    SIDS risk is diminished by about 50% in breastfed babies according to a study done in Germany
    . But WHY does breastfeeding help keep your little one safer? There are several reasons! [Eight of which are discussed in detail on Dr. Sears’ website]. The infection-reducing properties of human milk keep baby healthier while sleeping – reducing the risk of RSV which can lead to SIDS. Breastmilk contains vital nutrients and fats to help baby’s brain and nervous system develop more completely. Breast milk is natural – so if aspirated, is less likely than formula to cause irritation or lead to apnea. Breastmilk reduces the severity of GER in infants. Breastfeeding calms and organizes baby so she does not fall into unnaturally deep and potentially dangerous sleep. Breastfeeding helps mom connect more deeply with her baby – and become more sensitive to baby, even while asleep (I have felt this distinctly myself). Finally, breastfeeding is more of a challenge for baby than bottle feeding, so baby develops better sucking, breathing, and swallowing coordination and facial muscle tone – all of which help baby breathe better while sleeping.


    Breastfeeding is natural and normal; formula is not!

    Human milk is perfect for human babies! What comes from your body is designed specifically for your baby. If you can’t breastfeed, another human’s breastmilk is still far closer to what your baby needs than formula made from another species' breastmilk or from a plant. Breastmilk is living: it changes with your baby, according to her needs, and is always just the right temperature. Formula is made in a factory, and is mixed with water and served in a bottle. As such, it can be subject to contamination. The ingredients (water and bottle included) can be tainted with pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, cleaning chemicals, dangerous bacteria like salmonella, foreign material, high levels of metals like aluminum (particularly in soy-based formulas), and the list of potentially toxic or dangerous possibilities goes on. While breastmilk isn’t always contaminant-free, you can control most of what is in your breastmilk through your diet. And, even if what you eat or drink isn’t perfect, breastfeeding is still the healthiest choice for your baby. If you’re concerned that what you eat might not be compatible with breastfeeding, check this page out first – you might be surprised! There is very little that a mother can't ingest that would negatively affect baby. 


    “…research tells us that the quality of a mother’s diet has little influence on her milk. Nature is very forgiving – mother’s milk is designed to provide for and protect baby even in times of hardship and famine. A poor diet is more likely to affect the mother than her breastfed baby…” [Source: How does a mother’s diet affect her milk?]


    The truth is, our bodies do an excellent job of filtering out what isn’t good for baby, and giving baby exactly what she needs, even if we don’t do the best job of eating ourselves. Trust your body to do right by your baby!

    [Source: WomensHealth.gov] 

    Breastfeeding is free!

    This may seem like a simple concept, and as such, it is often overlooked – particularly if you’ve been given tons of free samples in the hospital (and from friends, or in the mail). But the fact is, when the free samples run out, you have to buy formula – and it is expensive; particularly if your baby needs a special formulation due to formula intolerance, or you choose premixed liquid, instead of powder. And as baby gets older, he’ll need MORE formula, as it is always the same and doesn’t change in composition like breastmilk. Going rates are anywhere from $100 - $300/mo. or more just in formula costs – and that doesn’t include bottles, bottle brush, drying rack, etc! Now, if you add in to the equation that breastfed babies are typically sick less often (thus reducing doctor and presccription bills), breastfeeding really is the most economical choice. For an interesting comparison of the cost of formula with the typical costs of breastfeeding, check out this calculator.


    With all these benefits in mind, why not give breastfeeding a try? Even if you only nurse your baby for a few days you will have given your baby the natural gift of your milk. I really believe the choice to breastfeed your baby is a choice you won’t regret. I know I never have; it's one of my most amazing parenting experiences so far!

    Breastfeeding and Plugged Ducts

    A plugged or blocked duct is a milk duct that has obstructed milk flow.  The obstruction could be at the nipple, or back further in your milk duct. It can be caused by something pressing on your duct (like an underwire bra or your diaper bag or even your arm when you sleep), dried/thicker milk blocking the pore/opening on your nipple (you can see this blockage on the nipple as a white spot), engorgement (from oversupply, incorrect latch, not emptying the breast completely at each feeding), infrequent feedings (from a sleepy baby, or one who is being put on a strict feeding schedule – DON’T DO THIS IT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOU OR BABY), yeast infection, or stress and not enough sleep (hello, new mommyhood!). 


    You can tell you have a plugged duct when you have tenderness (usually) only in one breast – in one area. In my experience, I was able to recognize a plugged duct when I’d feel a generally uncomfortable area of the breast, or an overfull/engorged feeling, that didn’t go completely away after a full nursing.  The tender area becomes more swollen, firmer – like a wedge shape – warm, and painful to the touch as time progresses, and is not fully relieved after nursing.  You may have a low fever and feel generally tired.  If you experience a high fever, or suddenly feel very ill (flu-like symptoms), it is important to call a doctor, as you may have an infection - mastitis, which can be treated with antibiotics.


    The good news is that plugged ducts are normal, they don’t require that you stop or even pause breastfeeding – in fact, you should nurse MORE and more often – and they can be fairly easy to clear up. Over my nearly 6 years of breastfeeding experience (my youngest son is still occasionally nursing), I’ve had several plugged ducts, and one case of mild mastitis.  I believe mine were mostly caused by oversupply (I was tandem nursing), preterm baby who didn’t like to linger at the breast, combined with adjusting to mothering two children, and returning to work. Time, taking better care of myself, and early detection and mitigation helped me through my recurrent plugged ducts.  Over time, I’ve tried pretty much everything.




    If you determine that you have a plugged duct (ouch!), here are my suggestions for what to do:  


    1) Breastfeed.  Breastfeed.  Breastfeed some more.  It is so important not to stop nursing when you have a plugged duct, even though it is uncomfortable.  Baby is the best tool to relieve the plugged duct.  Make sure baby is well-latched, is draining the breast effectively, and nursing frequently.  If baby is falling asleep while nursing, or isn’t interested in nursing as often as you need to in this time, you can pump, or hand express.


    2) Breastfeed in different positions. Try to point baby’s chin towards the swollen area – this may mean some creative positioning, but baby’s suction is extremely effective at loosening/dislodging the clog.  You can also try lying baby on the bed, and dangling your breast down for nursing – use the benefits of gravity to help dislodge the clog.


    3) Use Heat. I had a microwavable rice bag that I’d warm (not super hot – you don’t want to burn yourself, it hurts enough already!), and place directly on the swollen area while nursing. A hot shower with water directed on the area (though this can be painful as well) can help to soothe and loosen up the clog.


    4) Rest.  You must rest, and take care of yourself. Nap with baby while nursing in side-lying position, or, play the “sleeping game” with toddler on the floor. Ask someone to help you with the housework for a few days.  Whatever you can to take it as easy as possible to allow your body to heal, do it.


    5) Pump.  When baby doesn’t want to nurse, you can pump to keep the milk moving.  I found as long as my breast felt as “empty” as possible, the plugged duct was less painful.  Pumping in the shower was helpful to me as the heat was relaxing, and pain relieving. 


    6) Nurse a Toddler. You may not have this option, but I was lucky enough to have my toddler available and willing to nurse when baby was sleeping. A toddler may be willing (& actually think its funny) to nurse in strange positions in order to dislodge the clog.


    7) Pressure massage.  I found this method to be extremely painful, yet super effective. You use the heel of your hand to apply strong pressure to the swollen area to move the plug out and down. Dr. Sears very clearly illustrates just how to do this, and I’ve followed it to the letter with success, so I’m copying directly from his website:

    To do pressure massage, start at the edge of the lumpy area closest to your chest wall. Apply pressure to that area with the heel of your hand to the point just before it becomes too painful. Hold the pressure at that level until the pain eases off. Then increase the pressure again, (without moving your hand) and hold it until the pain eases. Continue to gradually increase pressure at that same site until you are pressing as hard as you can. Then pick your hand up, move it down toward your nipple about a half inch, and repeat the pressure massage in this area. Continue moving your hand a half inch and repeating the massage until you get all the way down to the nipple.

    Source: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/t022100.asp

    8) Use a Needle. If you actually see a white “blister” on the nipple, it can be dried milk plugging the opening on your nipple, which can block milk flow and cause a swollen duct.  Sterilize the needle, then gently insert into the blister to pop it. Follow with a pressure massage and breastfeeding and/or pumping.


    9) Take Soy Lecithin. Once I started taking daily lecithin, my plugged ducts stopped recurring.  The recommended dosage is 3,600 – 4,800mg/day. Soy lecithin is a fatty acid which acts as an emulsifier. There are no known contraindications to use while breastfeeding.


    10) Vitamins.  Up your infection-fighting vitamins & herbs, like: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Echinacea, Garlic, Elderberry, and Probiotics.


    11) Pain Relief. Take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever like ibuprofen which will help with swelling and pain.


    11) Read up on plugged ducts:

    KellyMom.com – Plugged Ducts & Mastitis: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/mastitis.html

    Dr. Sears - Plugged Milk Ducts: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/t022100.asp

    Dr. Jack Newman – Blocked Ducts & Mastitis: http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/22pdf.pdf


    Posted: Aug 24 2010, 10:25 by kelly | Comments (6) RSS comment feed |
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