Great Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby

December 8, 2009 by  
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There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. Studies show that breastmilk is much better for your baby than all other forms of infant feeding.

10 Great Reasons for You to Breast feed

  1. Breastfeeding helps you get your figure back quicker. Weight loss can be easier, and it helps your uterus return to its normal size more quickly.
  2. Your breast milk is always ready. No mixing, measuring, or heating formula. No sterilization and refrigeration. No clean up of bottles and nippes.
  3. Nighttime feedings are quick and easy.
  4. Breastfeeding saves money – there is nothing to buy.
  5. Going out is simpler. Breast fed babies are easy to take along.
  6. Breastfeeding is a warm and cozy time for you and your baby.
  7. It helps you feel close to your baby and feel confident about yourself as a mother.
  8. It makes you feel good about yourself – your family will be proud, too.
  9. You can read to an older child while you breast feed your baby. It???s a great time for everyone to cuddle.
  10. Breastfeeding is a special gift only you can give your baby.

10 Great Reasons for Your Baby to be Breast fed

  1. Breast milk helps your baby grow strong and healthy.
  2. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. It???s just what your baby needs in just the right amounts.
  3. Breast milk changes to meet your growing baby???s needs. No formula can do that.
  4. Breast milk is gentle to your baby???s stomach and very easy to digest.
  5. Your baby will have less colic, constipation, and diarrhea.
  6. Your baby???s diapers have very little odor.
  7. Your early breast milk gives your baby protection against disease. Breast fed babies have fewer doctor visits and fewer trips to the hospital.
  8. Breast fed babies have fewer ear aches and colds.
  9. They also have less asthma, food allergies, and eczema.
  10. Breastfeeding is special to your baby.
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Breastfeeding at Work

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Here are some simple tips to help you manage your work efficiently while making sure your baby is taken care of.

Supplies

Buy or rent a good breast pump. There are many on the market, so choose the one that best suits your needs. Some things to consider are:

  • portability
  • ease of cleaning
  • a pump with intermittent pressure (as it is not as likely to injure your breast)

When testing a pump, practice with both hands so you know it???s easy to use. Have plenty of nursing pads and breast shields, as they help make you feel more confident. Bring disposable wipes and paper toweling for easier clean-up and tape or labels to mark the milk containers. If you don???t have a refrigerator, bring a small cooler with a plastic refreezable ice pack.

When to Breast Feed or Pump

Use your time at work as efficiently as you can and try to structure your schedule so you don???t have to rush.

  • Breast feed before you leave home.
  • Express you milk on a morning break if possible.
  • Reserve lunch for yourself, unless the morning expression was incomplete.
  • Express on an afternoon break.
  • Feed your baby right when you get home, and as often as he or she needs to at night (in fact, if you encourage night feedings, the baby will need less milk the next day).
  • If you miss a feeding, just provide formula for your caregiver.
  • See if you can go home to breast-feed during the day, or have your caregiver bring the baby to you.

What to Wear

  • Make your wardrobe work for you.
  • Wear shirts or blouses which button in the front, pull up easily, or have concealed zippers.
  • Wear a nursing bra to work – it???s easier to undo one side rather than take the whole thing off.
  • Avoid solid colors and whites – bright patterned blouses or dark colors mask leaking and hide breast pads.
  • Wear washables. They are easier to clean if your breasts do leak.
  • Keep a spare shirt or blouse at work for backup in case of an accident.

Remember to be open and talk with your co-workers about your breast-feeding. Try to gain their support and interest.

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