World Breastfeeding Week 2013

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Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week. The focus of this years campaign is peer counseling and supporting Breastfeeding women.

A lot of times instead of being met with support and acceptance, BFing moms are discouraged about their choice.

The objectives for this year’s campaign are as follows:
1. To draw attention to the importance of Peer Support in helping mothers to establish and sustain breastfeeding.
2. To inform people of the highly effective benefits of Peer Counselling, and unite efforts to expand peer counselling programmes.
3. To encourage breastfeeding supporters, regardless of thei r educat ional background, to step forward and be trained to support mothers and babies.
4. To identify local community support contacts for breastfeeding mothers, that women can go to for help and support after giving birth.
5. To call on governments and maternity facilities globally to actively implement the Ten Steps, in particular Step 10, to improve duration and rates of exclusive breastfeeding.

This week I will have various Breastfeeding related posts as well as a few giveaways. We’ll cover why breastfeeding is so invaluable, Common Breastfeeding Complications, Proper Latching and Holds, The whole nursing in public debacle, We’ll have an interview with a Lactation Consultant and we’ll even have a Beautiful Breastfed Baby photo contest.

I am super excited about our sponsored giveaway from Unravel Me. She will give one lucky Momma a Booby Beanie!!! I will also have other items up for grabs as well.

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This week will be slightly different as I won’t be doing all of my regular daily themes. So stay tuned, perhaps learn something new and participate in all the fun!

-Lauren

Ah-mazing Milk!

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Breastfeeding and breastmilk are an extraordinary resource for both Moms and babies that I think is often times over looked.

Before you baby is born your body begins to produce Colostrum. Colostrum is the thick, yellow first milk you will have just after giving birth. Your breasts only produce a small amount of this milk but it is the exact right amount that your newborns little tummy can hold.

The other amazing thing about your breastmilk is that it changes with your babies needs. About three to five days in your milk matures and has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that your little one requires.

Breastmilk is also easier for your baby’s tummy to digest and can help his or her system fight many diseases.

Moms benefit from Breastfeeding as well! Not only does it allow you to bond with your baby, it gives new mom’s that chance they need to get some peaceful, quiet time. Other benefits for moms include:

  • It saves money, as your not buying as many bottles and/or formula.
  • The skin to skin boosts oxytocin.
  • Linked to lower risks of Type 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Post Partum Depression.

Now Breastfeeding is not always going to be sunshine and rainbows, many times there are complications. Tomorrow we’ll cover common complications, proper latching and different holds.

-Lauren