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I was lucky enough to breastfeed all four children after they were born. All of them went straight to the breast after birth, except for my second born, who was born via c-section and kept apart for a few hours. Although my older two were switched to formula not long after we came home (due to lack of education and support), I still am proud that I was able to feed them breast milk for the first few days of their lives.
Read more of Stacie’s story at Breastfeeding: Super Food, Lifesaver #FirstHour
According to a new report by Save the Children, women who choose to breastfeed their baby in the first hour after giving birth can literally be saving their baby’s life. This report, called Superfood for Babies, says that 830,000 babies could be saved EVERY YEAR by breastfeeding in the first hour, even more if mothers are able to breastfeed for 6 months or more.
While I had a very positive experience breastfeeding our son after giving birth unfortunately this experience doesn’t happen for all women around the globe. Breastfeeding is critical to preventing malnutrition and saving children’s lives in the developing world.
Read more of Sojourner’s story at Sojourner Marable Grimmett: Breastfeed Babies: How Breastfeeding Saves Children’s Lives #Firsthour
Sojourner Marable Grimmett is one of Georgia’s top Mom Bloggers. Grimmett engages, educates, and empowers thousands of readers monthly through her blog, Married with Two Boys. A social media consultant, community organizer, and global advocate, Grimmett is founder of SOJOURNER, a social media consulting firm, and co-founder of Table for Two, a national campaign to establish lactation rooms in public places. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, and their two young sons.
As I sat in the nursery trying to breastfeed for the first time, a nurse stood over me. My daughter had trouble latching on, in turn, causing me frustration and tension between the nurse and I. Breastfeeding was a lot more difficult than I expected. Things didn’t get better. Talia, my daughter, was Jaundice. We were told that we needed to supplement by bottle-feeding. Although it helped my daughter recover from Jaundice, it severely impeded my hopes of breast-feeding regularly, and I eventually had to stop. The guilt I felt was overwhelming but I didn’t think I had any other choice.
Read more of Shivani’s story at Help Save A Newborn BabyTrending Mom.
Shivani Cotter was born in India, migrated to the US when she was 7, and currently resides in Massachusetts. She and her husband have two daughters, two dogs and a lot of fun! Shivani’s website, Trending Mom, is about leaving a lovely legacy, and teaching others how easy it is to live in a selfless manner and leave a positive mark in the world.