The lifecycle of motherhood offers a wonderful gift about a decade in: the longer you are a mom, the easier motherhood gets.
A photo of a mother breastfeeding her son sounds pretty tame - but what about when the mother is standing up, nursing her three-year-old son perched on a chair to reach her breast?
It's the latest cover of Time Magazine - and it's stirring up quite the controversy.
Breastfeeding your baby is ideal for reasons that are indisputable. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect your infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections. It may also help your health.
You will never believe what toymakers have come up with this time. Say hello to the doll that simulates breastfeeding using a “stylish” halter-top with flowers strategically placed where the nipples would be. The Bebé Glotón doll, manufactured in Spain by the company Berjuan, was introduced to the United States on July 31 at the ASD trade show in Las Vegas.
Did you know that breastfeeding rates are on the rise in the US?
According to the CDC, from 2001 to 2004, the number of women who nursed their newborns jumped from 71 to 74%. And celebrity moms are no exception!
Here are six stars who opened up about their decision to forgo the bottle:
“Coconut oil contains large amounts of lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of the fetus and newborn. Pregnant and nursing mothers should eat coconut oil to increase the quality of the womb environment and breast milk”
During pregnancy, there are several foods you should avoid, but the list becomes shorter once you give birth and begin breastfeeding. Most foods are fine for nursing mothers to eat. There are some exceptions that apply to all nursing moms. Other exceptions apply only to a handful of mothers based on their specific situations and babies.
Breast feeding is hard work for your body and, as such, you burn extra calories while doing it. Many women depend upon this extra calorie burn as a way to jump-start their baby weight loss.
To ensure that you can produce enough milk for your infant, you must also feed your body right to ensure that you have the extra calories to spare.
New moms face many challenges and decisions in the first few months. Breastfeeding is a decision many moms choose, but working and breastfeeding is often a challenge. Pumping in the supply closet, engorgement and leaking breasts are just a few trials a working mom might face. A commitment to breastfeeding and support from your partner increases your chances of nursing success as you reenter the work force.
The telltale drooling and tendency to munch on anything within reach often announces a baby's first tooth.
The thought of your baby chomping down while nursing is enough to make most women cringe. Before you consider weaning, there are ways to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable, even when your baby has a mouth full of teeth.