Ladyveg's Earthmother Nursing Corner
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Grab a Rocking Chair, Cuddle Your Baby, and Come In.

I believe that breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do to feed, love, and nurture your child.

Why breastfeed? Well, breastmilk is made just for human babies--it's the superior infant food. It is the only food they need for the first six months of life up to a year. Babies on breast milk are healthy, happy, smell good, feel secure. Mommies who breastfeed lose the weight faster, get a steady supply of mothering hormones, don't have to spend a huge amount of money on Synthetic Infant Milk, and get more rest!

What about problems? The best way to avoid problems is to arm yourself beforehand. Go to a La Leche League meeting when you are still pregnant. I'm sure glad I did! I also read every book I could find in the library on breastfeeding. If you are already nursing and are experiencing problems, get help. Ask a lactation consultant, a county health nurse, a nursing mom, or you guessed it, your local La Leche League!

What about weaning? Well, I believe in child-led weaning. Meaning, I plan on letting my son nurse until he decides to quit on his own. I hope to nurse him at least two years, as this is the amount of time recommended by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, former surgeon general Jocelyn Elders, UNICEF, and others. Note that they say "at least" two years...But nursing your baby any amount of time will give him or her so many benefits. Even if you nurse only 30 days, your baby will receive many immunities and you will benefit as well. You might decide to nurse just a little longer!

Ladyveg's "Breast IS Best" Links

Lactation, Breastfeeding, Infant Nutrition
Articles, useful products, online birth center, Midwifery Today.
ProMoM
Promotion of Mother's Milk, Inc. A wonderful site!
La Leche League International
THE premiere resource on breastfeeding. These people are the experts. They also include a FAQ and help on finding a group near you.
Bestfed
Breastfeeding and attachment parenting.
Dettwyler's Thoughts on Breastfeeding
Kathy Dettwyler is an anthropologist who has written lots of fascinating articles on breastfeeding. Many are here. I enjoyed her thoughts on Ezzo parenting especially.
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