Getting comfortable with breastfeeding is the first step to success between mothers and babies.
When your little one is born, you think breastfeeding should just come naturally. But, as with most things, practice makes perfect. And the best advice is to do what makes you comfortable.
There are various positions to hold the baby. Also, for some, breastfeeding in front of others is very uncomfortable. There are many cover-ups that make nursing time more private. If you find the cover-ups cumbersome, feeding your baby without one is perfectly fine, as well. Health providers agree that whatever makes the process successful for you is what’s most important.
Breastfeeding offers babies antibodies to protect against illnesses and is easier to digest. It also has benefits for mothers. It saves time and money, burns calories and is credited with protecting mothers against some disease processes, as well.
While breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t come easily to all mothers and babies. But help is available.
WIC clinic locations in Maricopa County that offer breastfeeding peer counseling include:
- · 1645 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
- · 8828 N. Central Ave. No. 100 Phoenix
- · 19401 N. Cave Creek Rd., Ste. 8, Phoenix
- · 3003 W Thomas Rd No. 9, Phoenix
The vision of the Maricopa County Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program is that “Mothers in Maricopa County choose to exclusively breastfeed to 6 months of age and continue with complimentary foods to one year and beyond.”
This recommendation is agreed upon by most American medical professional organizations. The American Academy of Pediatrics,American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, AmericanAcademy of Family Physicians, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine,World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, andmany other health organizations recommend exclusive breastfeedingfor the first 6 months of life. Exclusive breastfeedingis defined as an infant’s consumption of human milk with nosupplementation of any type (no water, no juice, no nonhumanmilk, and no foods) except for vitamins, minerals, and medications.
World Breastfeeding Week runs Aug. 1-7 to promote the importance of breastfeeding.
“To encourage a comfortable and successful breastfeeding experience, get an early start in the hospital. Request the help of a lactation consultant or nurse to get you started with proper positioning and breast care,” the National Institutes of Health recommends.
The Web site http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/ is a thorough resource for breastfeeding information and support.