|feeding time while dad golfs|
|your pouty face is even cute|
|little red riding hood|
I don’t really consider it a problem, but I thought it’d be worth mentioning and I wonder how many exclusively breastfeeding women had/have the same issue.
Here’s what I am wondering, for those of you who breastfed/breastfeed exclusively and had to send your babies to day care or leave them with family members/babysitter, are they completely fine being left with someone else Or is it just one of those things: “You do what you have to do”?
Before having you, i never gave breastfeeding much thought.
I figured i would do it for the first few weeks and be done. But 5 1/2 months later..... im still at it and going strong!
I know its not that easy for other moms since work, other kids, no time, not enought milk, and many more factors prevent them from breastfeeding.
I feel extremely blessed with being able to work from home and have my husband provide & take care of everthing else so i could be with you.
Also iv been lucky enough to be influenced by my parents and my in-laws on the importance of breastfeeding (which led me, to research it more).
After that, it was pretty clear to me what was right & i become a huge fan.
- DO NOT GIVE UP: it’s to easy to say “I’m done”, but please remember it’s for your baby and it WILL get better
- IT WILL GET BETTER: most babies improve their sucking at 6-8 week and believe me it was like clockwork. 6 weeks came and it started getting MUCH better. If you can ONLY get through that time, I promise it’ll be SOOO MUCH BETTER.
- SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE: Peer pressure is real, especially for some people. Do not listen to “well wishers” who tell you that you need to quit, or that you’re making it harder than it has to be. Any good friend will support you regardless of the choice they personally made, breastfeeding or formula. Find breastfeeding role-models!
- EDUCATE YOURSELF: maybe it’s me, but reading breastfeeding books and online resources helped me so much. Helped me realize my baby’s behavior was normal, helped me get rid of my fears. And because the fears and doubts are ongoing, I literally had to re-read things multiple times over the span of months so to convince myself everything was ok.
- USE GOOD PRODUCTS: My life was made a lot easier by using certain things that helped me get through the first 8 weeks (and some continue helping me).
- DON’T GIVE UP: I know I am repeating myself, but it’s THAT important! 60% of women breastfeed less than 3 months ( out of the recommended 6 months) and I can TOTALLY see why. Until I went through it, I didn’t understand why women would take the “easy” way out. But breastfeeding is THAT HARD and THAT FINICKY and sometimes they don’t have a choice, which brings me to the next advice…
- DO NOT SUPPLEMENT UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO : Not because formula is bad, but because by supplementing you’re sabotaging your supply (main reason most women give up breastfeeding). It’s so easy to get your supply out of wack and then you’ll truly not have enough milk for your baby.
- REMEMBER: DIAPER COUNT AND WEIGHT: Those are the only 2 indications of milk supply and whether your baby is getting enough.
- NOT TO MENTION: It burns about 500-600 calories a day!!!! soo anyone needing to lose some baby weight (breastfeeding is key!) Im still losing weight and i actually had to start drinking protein drinks in between meals so i could keep up! ( it was great losing my baby weight so quickly, but now im trying to put little bit back on, since i weight less now then pre baby, .... looking to skinny and boy like is not attractive either!! ) yep us women are never satisfied!
~ source links at the end of the blog
|NUTRIENT FACTOR||BREAST MILK CONTAINS||FORMULA CONTAINS||COMMENT|
|Fats|| || |
-Doesn't adjust to infant's needs
-Not completely absorbed
|Fat is the most important nutrient in breastmilk; the absence of cholesterol and DHA, vital nutrients for growing brains and bodies, may predispose a child to adult heart and central nervous system diseases. Leftover, unabsorbed fat accounts for unpleasant smelling stools in formula-fed babies.|
-Soft, easily-digestible whey
-More completely absorbed; higher in the milk of mothers who deliver preterm
-Lactoferrin for intestinal health
-Lysozyme, an antimicrobial
-Rich in brain-and-body- building protein components
-Rich in growth factors
-Contains sleep-inducing proteins
-Harder-to-digest casein curds
-Not completely absorbed, more waste, harder on kidneys
-No lactoferrin, or only a trace
-Deficient or low in some brain-and body-building proteins
-Deficient in growth factors
-Does not contain as many sleep-inducing proteins.
|Infants aren't allergic to human milk protein.|
-Rich in lactose
-Rich in oligosaccharides, which promote intestinal health
-No lactose in some formulas
-Deficient in oligosaccharides
|Lactose is considered an important carbohydrate for brain development. Studies show the level of lactose in the milk of a species correlates with the size of the brain of that species.|
|Immune Boosters|| |
-Rich in living white blood cells, millions per feeding
-Rich in immunoglobulins
-No live white blood cells-or any other cells. Dead food has less immunological benefit.
-Few immunoglobulins and most are the wrong kind
|When mother is exposed to a germ, she makes antibodies to that germ and gives these antibodies to her infant via her milk.|
|Vitamins and Minerals|| |
-Better absorbed, especially iron, zinc, and calcium
-Iron is 50 to 75 percent absorbed.
-Contains more selenium (an antioxidant)
-Not absorbed as well
-Iron is 5 to 10 percent absorbed
-Contains less selenium (an antioxidant)
|Vitamins and minerals in breast milk enjoy a higher bioavailability-that is, a greater percentage is absorbed. To compensate, more is added to formula, which makes it harder to digest.|
|Enzymes and Hormones|| |
-Rich in digestive enzymes, such as lipase and amylase
-Rich in many hormones: thyroid, prolactin, oxytocin, and more than fifteen others
-Varies with mother's diet
-Processing kills digestive enzymes
-Processing kills hormones, which are not human to begin with
-Always tastes the same
|Digestive enzymes promote intestinal health. Hormones contribute to the overall biochemical balance and well- being of baby. |
By taking on the flavor of mother's diet, breastmilk shapes the tastes of the child to family foods.
-Around $600 a year in extra food for mother
-Around $1,200 a year
-Up to $2,500 a year for hypoallergenic formulas
-Cost for bottles and other supplies
-Lost income when baby is ill
|first time in a swing|
|after 6am feeding we both past out,as your dad woke us up taking this pic|
|hush hush mamma u tell me|
|sitting up already|
|morning pics i sent to ur dad, while hes at work|
|maybe this was us in our past lives ( since im pretty sure i was a feline at some point)|
Here are some great sources iv found to help me: