Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world for a woman to do. In theory that is true. In practice however, it can be a different situation. A new mom can read all the best books in the world, talk to a lactation consultant or their medical practitioner and watch the entire ‘how to’ series of breastfeeding videos on YouTube. In her mind, she may feel confident and ready to jump right into her new maternal role.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural acts in the world, but it still takes some practice and getting used to. One of the learning experiences for moms and babies is discovering the best breastfeeding positions that work for them both.
If you are like most working moms, you’re probably feeling a little anxious about returning to work after the birth of your baby. Becoming a mother is a life changing experience and in your heart, you might really want to stay home and enjoy every precious moment with your little one. However, sometimes circumstances require that you return to work –
Breastfeeding is often the subject of conversation and, occasionally, controversy. To offer some perspective, we wanted to take a look at the changing norms surrounding breastfeeding, in Canada, and around the world. Our hope is that, by looking at how breastfeeding has been viewed around the world, it will give the mothers in our community a new appreciation for breastfeeding in Canada.
Many mothers put too much pressure on themselves. Others lack confidence about their breastfeeding decisions. But, take heart moms – according to many experts, there is no true single definition of “normal breastfeeding.” In fact, when it comes to breastfeeding, everything is relative and evolving. This is shown in recent research, which has given us new insights into how babies breastfeed and how there is a wide spectrum of “normal” breastfeeding behaviour.
Some babies have don’t like to go back to the breast once they fed from traditional bottles. Therefore many mum’s feel like they have to avoid ever giving their baby a traditional bottle or a pacifier, for fear that the baby won’t be able to properly latch on to the breast if they are breastfeeding. While this doesn’t happen with every baby, it can be a risk that may complicate breastfeeding.
Let’s explore a few frequently asked questions about this behaviour – how to prevent it, how to deal with it, and how to keep breastfeeding your baby through any challenges.
Are you planning a vacation with your new baby? Or, maybe you’re getting ready to take a long-distance trip to introduce your child to her grandparents? If so, you may be concerned about how to manage the trip if you are still breastfeeding. Have no fear! One of the advantages of breastfeeding is that it’s much easier to travel with a breastfed baby than a formula-fed one. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, breastfeeding provides a portable, nutritionally balanced food supply for your baby. In addition, you don’t need to worry about packing bottles or sterilizing feeding supplies.
You spend nine months planning, reading, preparing and imagining what life will be like with a new baby. Then when the birth is in the rear view mirror (and you did great!) you have this new little being in your arms and life suddenly gets a little bit more hectic, intense, joyous, and at times even a bit overwhelming!
Typically, a baby grows in the womb for 40 weeks before being born. Babies born at 40 weeks are called full-term. If a baby is born earlier than 37 weeks, that baby is called premature, or “preterm” or a “preemie.” In the US, 12–13% of infants are born premature. What happens in the first year?
Some mothers do not breastfeed, but still want to feed nutritious breast milk to their baby. This is called exclusive breast pumping or “breastfeeding without nursing.” Whether you feed your baby from the breast or give them expressed breast milk exclusively via a breast pump, there is only one important thing.