Are You A Busy Mom You Can Still Breastfeed

Many moms today worry about being able to continue to breastfeed after those initial first few weeks if they have a busy life (and who doesn’t these days?) and so she ponders whether or not to continue breastfeeding especially if she is busy because she is returning to work. If you are a busy mom, you can still breastfeed no matter why it is that you are busy. To help you make that decision to continue breastfeeding despite your busy life, here are a few simple things that you can do so that you and your baby can continue to reap the many benefits of breastfeeding.

The most important aspect of being able to continue to breastfeed especially for a new mom is to not give up on the practice of breastfeeding when the uncertainties creep in on you. Continue to breastfeed as you explore the options open to you. It is especially tempting to give up breastfeeding in the first few days or first few weeks of breastfeeding when the pressures of a new baby can be overwhelming or you may be getting advice from others to stop. Breastfeeding gives both you and your baby many benefits including the fact that the time the two of you spend together can be very relaxing and stress reducing for both of you. The nursing mom releases a hormone called, prolactin that relaxes the mom as she nurses. Breastfeeding can therefore actually help you to cope with the early stresses of adjusting to being a mom, and caring for a newborn.

To avoid some of the difficulties of breastfeeding make a commitment right from the start to breastfeed exclusively for the first 2 to 4 weeks of the baby’s life unless there is a medical reason for supplementation. This exclusive breastfeeding will avoid nipple confusion, allow your milk supply to build in response to the baby’s sucking and his/her need and will give the mom many physical benefits such as returning the uterus to pre-pregnancy size and shape faster and to lose those extra pounds that may have been gained during pregnancy. Your baby is receiving many important protective and nutritional benefits in these first early days and weeks of breastfeeding that you do not want the baby or yourself to miss out on.

Don’t listen to those who may criticize breastfeeding by saying it can spoil the baby, or that your baby is not getting enough milk. You cannot spoil a baby by caring and loving the baby. You can always tell if a baby is getting enough breast milk if the baby is having approximately 2 mushy poop diapers a day and 6 to 8 wet diapers a day and is gaining appropriate weight according to your baby’s doctor.

Busy moms appreciate the fact that while breastfeeding the baby there is no need to take the time to wash bottles, prepare bottles, prepare formula, shop for formula or warm the formula filled bottle up. It takes far less time to just pop the breast into the waiting rose-bud mouth and lay back and relax while the baby receives breast milk that is already at the perfect temperature, clean, perfectly prepared and already includes all the nutrition the baby needs.

Busy moms can pump or manually express breast milk so that baby will continue to drink her breast milk even when she is away from baby. Keeping up your breast supply of milk is not all that difficult once you learn the techniques and have the proper equipment. Your lactation consultant, La Leche International group leader or healthcare provider can instruct you on how to provide for your breastfeeding baby while you are busy doing what keeps you busy whether that is because you work, have an active social life or have other commitments that keep you busy.

When leaving your baby with others make sure you breastfeed just before you leave and as soon as you return. Your baby will recognize that she or he receives the breast from you and supplemental bottles or a cup from others. You can still breastfeed successfully and you can your baby can continue to reap the many benefits of breastfeeding.

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