Buying gifts for babies and young children can sometimes be a complicated experience. Family and friends might love to buy toys for your children, and grandparents especially often love to “spoil” their grand kids, but parents often find their choices can be a hindrance.
There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers. Breastmilk contains a wide array of immunity boosters that help babies avoid infections. Breastfeeding can help mothers bond with their babies and burn calories to lose that “baby weight” after pregnancy. But one of the most impressive and underappreciated breastfeeding facts is that breastmilk contains all of the necessary micronutrients to provide a strong foundation for the baby’s health and wellness.
What are micronutrients? Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals required in small amounts that are essential to our health, development, and growth. Even though they come in small “micro” portions, these nutrients are hugely important in human nutrition, especially for preventing and healing from various illnesses and medical conditions.
A lot of new moms are interested in doing everything they can to enhance their breastfeeding experience and make sure they’re doing everything “correctly” in order to avoid any major problems. They are often met with confusing advice, and find themselves hearing a lot of well-intentioned but incorrect breastfeeding myths from friends and family. That’s why it’s so important for new moms to talk with their healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, lactation consultants) about their concerns and questions.
Breastfeeding may be one of the most natural things in the world, but that doesn’t always mean it’s effortless. So why not benefit from a little help along the way? For example, taking advantage of the latest breastfeeding essentials can make your nursing experience much more comfortable, convenient and fun.
It’s a good idea to start thinking about which breastfeeding essentials you may need before your baby is born. After all, once your little one arrives, things are going to get a bit hectic! The good news is that, with a little planning, you’ll be ready for almost any situation.
Getting ready for having a baby – especially if this is your first child – gives you so many things to think about. There are several people to include in planning for the day of the birth: yourself, your husband or partner, and of course, the baby on the way – and more if you have other children. One of the most important things to do as you prepare for the birth of your child – whether it’s your first baby or whether you’ve done this before – is to create an official “Birth Plan.”
Most mothers want to breastfeed their baby. They are committed to giving their child the best start in life and sharing the many nutritional, developmental, immunological and cognitive benefits of drinking human milk. However, sometimes in life, things don’t always work out the way that we plan. For some mothers, there are situations that arise after the baby is born that may prevent her from being able to breastfeed directly from the breast. This might include a mother or baby medical condition or having a baby who cannot or will not latch properly, or several other reasons.
One of the unique aspects of raising a new baby is involving your parents and parents-in-law in the life of their new grandchild. Most grandparents want to get involved – it means a lot to them to see this little child coming into the world.
I know you are in the middle of a wonderful dream, enjoying a sunny vacation with daddy on an exotic island and yes, that seems to be me in your dream, perfectly silent, wearing some totally spotless designer outfit. I am swinging quietly in a white baby hammock floating gently over a beautiful lush tropical garden. It is so quiet mommy – where is everyone? Oh wait, the dream has just changed to you are shoe shopping in a place with rows and rows of rainbow coloured sandals and friendly shoe men that all look like George Clooney. How odd, for some reason I am nowhere to be seen in this dream.
In a previous article, we discussed “7 Ridiculous Breastfeeding Myths You Need to Know”. Our goal was to address some of the misinformation and misunderstandings that are commonly spread about breastfeeding. Since breastfeeding myths are so widespread, we decided to do a second article to debunk some more of them! Here are a few more common breastfeeding myths – and the truth about each.
Being a new mom takes you on an adventure that is full of surprises and challenges. If you have chosen to breastfeed your baby, you’re probably looking forward to a positive experience, filled with special moments between you and your little one. At the same time, while breastfeeding is an overwhelmingly positive experience for most moms, many women find themselves unprepared for the challenges that they may face along the way.