They said, "The joy you experience when the nurse puts your newborn in your arms will be instantaneous." That happened. Wow! In fact, practically the entire hospital stay (sans labor) was pretty magical.
Pregnancy And pushy Parents
If you are feeling pressure from the onslaught of advice since you announced your pregnancy, you are not alone. Mothers and mother-in-laws are notoriously nosey and bossy in these tremendous and trying times. It can be difficult to cope with all of the input flying at you from those close family members but here are three tips to help you navigate the next few months and years as you dodge the determination of your own parents and attempt to become a successful parent yourself.
You will need bottles, whether you choose to breastfeed or not. Which ones should you use? There are a lot of different types and styles. First, you have to think about what type of bottle is right for you.
- Pros: They are the original. They are chemical free and dishwasher safe. Formula and breast milk store well in them, both, in the refrigerator or the freezer.
- Cons: They can break or chip and are heavy.
Will the call, "It's time!" spread like wild-fire and a crowd descend on the hospital waiting room like none before? Only the beginning of a stream of visitors that continues for weeks after you get home! Or will just grandparents be pacing the waiting room floor? And, later, after having basked in the glow that exudes from that precious, little soul, they leave you to, quietly, marvel the miracle of life.
After announcing your pregnancy, people will ask if you plan to breastfeed. And they're opinionated on it.
So this is for you. Breast milk or a formula, this is everything you need to know.
An overview on breast milk.
You hear "breast is best" everywhere. There are definitely a million or so benefits you could find on the internet. Not all are going to be true, not even close. Yet breast-feeding does have many benefits, for you and your new baby. Breast milk passes on valuable antibodies to your child. It provides "nearly the perfect mix of vitamins, proteins and fat" according to WebMD. Breast milk is more digestible than infant formula. Breastfed infants tend to be healthier than formula-fed infants. Some studies say breastfeeding raises your child's IQ and creates a stronger bond.
Breastfeeding lowers your risk of osteoporosis and cancer. It also helps you heal faster after giving birth, and it burns calories - which is always a plus!
There is research that says many of these benefits are marginal. Some studies report no difference between breast milk and formula.
An overview on formula.
Many parents prefer formula for its convenience. Formula makes feeding easier when a mother returns to work. Formula means your partner can get up to feed your child in the middle of the night. In short feeding doesn't always have to be your responsibility.
It's important to debunk many myths against formula. A group of religious activists started the anti-formula movement. They claimed formula was against God's will. While Eve definitely breastfed, it's hardly a scientific argument.
There was also a case in Africa where children who were fed formula were more likely to die. This was true, but the problem had nothing to do with the formula. Mothers mixed the formula with contaminated water - the only water they had. They also rationed formula because it was so expensive. This meant the baby wasn't getting enough nutrients. Unfiltered water or underfeeding can still affect your baby, even in industrialized countries.
Formula does come with setbacks. Infant formula is not FDA approved or regulated. There are occasional, albeit somewhat rare, recalls. Most importantly, formula doesn't carry the beneficial bacteria and antibodies found in breast milk.
Conclusion: What should I do?
It's up to you. Whatever works best for you and your infant should be the road you choose. Remember, breastfeeding isn't all or nothing. If a mix of formula and breast milk works best for you, that's fine too!
Google "breastfeeding in public" and you'll come across recent news articles about another woman who was told to stop breastfeeding. She was asked to "move somewhere else" or "be discreet". But what gives? Why is that almost 20% of respondents in a 2010 survey disagreed with a woman's right to breastfeed in public?
That's not what breasts are for!
Happy New Year!!!
It's been told for centuries that drinking beer will increase milk supply when breastfeeding. Can this be true? The thought of sipping a beer and unwinding from the stress of the day could sound rather appealing and it would be good for your milk production? Hold on, though. Before you slam those glasses in the freezer so they'll be nice and frosty, let us fill you in on the truth of the matter.
If you have ever had a baby or paid a visit to a newborn in the hospital you're probably familiar with this scenario: you walk into the hospital room to meet the newest bundle of joy, arms outstretched, and before you know what's happened you've been redirected to the hand sanitizer. Whether you've been on the giving or receiving end of this interaction, the question remains: is hand sanitizer a necessity, a danger, or possibly neither?
Lets begin by saying that while many believe that breast-feeding is best, for some, breast-feeding is full of challenges. Two major challenges immediately come to mind: breast engorgement and lack of milk production. Both are no fun and often very uncomfortable. Below are a few tips to help getting mommy and baby back to their happy place.