101 Reasons to Breastfeed

A great resource to support mamas on their breastfeeding journey.

Some of my favorite reasons (of the 101 listed) are …

  1. Breast milk is more digestible than formula
  2. Breast milk contains immunities to disease and aids in the development of baby’s immune system
  3. Nursing helps moms lose weight after baby is born … GREAT REASON :)
  4. Breast milk is free
What are your thoughts on breastfeeding?
Was it a good experience for you?
What are your recommendations for a hopeful, soon-to-be breastfeeding mama?
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  1. says

    – at first you are both learning a brand new skill – give yourselves both a break and know that there will be a learning curve-relax and breath – take deep breaths and stay calm-get your husband to help – my husband helped me so much early on… pillow shoving, baby holding, water fetching, even putting his ice cold hands on the baby to keep her awake. His encouragement was amazing.-call the lactation consultant for help as soon as the thought even enters your mind – I waited a day or two and the help they gave made a huge difference-ignore those people who are not being supportive – you and your baby know best and will do what works for you.-there are these gel inserts that are medical grade the hospital gave me (the were developed for wound care) THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING!! I never used any of the over the counter – but these you could rotat 2 pairs – on in the fridge and one in the bra – rinse and rotate (that was another hubby job that he did so well!)-ask other moms who have breast fed – feel free to email me anytime

  2. says

    i LOVe breastfeeding. In fact im somewhat obsessed. i was lucky tho adn its been fairly easy for me and my babe. I def. think the key is to give it time i think some people give up way to fast. there is a serious learning curve. Getting frustrated never helps cause then the baby gets all antsy and it just makes things harder so be patient. At first breast feeding was a bit difficult but now (my babes 9 months) it makes my life so easy. i never have to warm up bottles at night and i have food w me where ever i go.adriana http://www.justbyliving.com

  3. says

    I agree with both of the previous comments. The first month is the hardest, by the 3rd month it's a cake-walk, and by the time baby is 9 months old you'll be glad that you did it. It is hard work, both physically and emotionally sometimes, but it's great for bonding and for the baby, and it's worth the pain and sacrifice. My greatest advice would be not to let the BFing slow you down. The first time I was hesitant to do it in public, so I felt "chained" to the house, the 2nd time, I couldn't stay in the house, I had a 3 year old and swim class, and things to do. So, I got used to doing it in public sometimes with a cover and sometimes not, although always discretely and it really helped me not feel so restricted by BFing.

  4. says

    I have always known that I really wanted to breastfeed. It was never even a question. That being said, there was still a few times in the first month or so that I was thinking, "oh my gosh I don't know if I can do this." It's definitely tough getting the hang of it & making sure everyone knows what they're doing. Plus it's hard being the only one who can feed the baby at first. But still, it gets so much easier & I wouldn't give it up for anything right now! I want to breastfeed for at least 12 months. Also – my daughter is almost 8 months old & hasn't been sick once!! Plus she's huge. 20 lbs!! So it's working out wonderfully for us! I hope your experience is wonderful as well!!