Life as a mom who has her hands full
I am a mother of three breastfed children. My youngest child is almost 6 months and I am constantly amazed at how many mothers breastfeed their children for 2 months only to give up and switch to formula. Now I am by no means a breastfeeding nazi. It is your decision how long you want to breastfeed, but many mothers give up because it is difficult. What many of them don’t know is that the first 2 months are BY FAR the worst time. After the second month, things get soooo much easier. A lot of babies by the time they are 4-6 months old are only really nursing 4-6x a day and many are even sleeping through the night. Breastfeeding no longer hurts past the 2nd month because your nipples toughen up and are no longer sore. Babies also get much more efficient at breastfeeding as the months progress. I can nurse my little one in 7 minutes total..LESS time than it takes me to make and warm a bottle! Most mothers know that breastfeeding is best and that the Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding through the first year of life. What most parents don’t know is that it gets easier with time. Many moms give up when light is just around the corner. If you are interested in continuing breastfeeding you should contact your local La Leche League for support or try these links and articles. Hang in there!!
1. Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions: Hang in There
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