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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.
Now that I’m pregnant with our third baby, I think back and recall all those early days of breastfeeding — the struggles, the doubts, the joys, the pains, the benefits to me and my babies — and I smile. I know that by choosing to breastfeed my children — both of them beyond two years, until I became pregnant — was one of the best decisions I ever made.
When I had my first son a little over 4 years ago, I knew nothing about babies. I’m pretty sure that he was the first baby I had ever even held. When my doctor asked me whether I planned on breastfeeding or bottle feeding, I just assumed I would breastfeed. My mom had breastfed me and her mom had breastfed her. That was pretty much as far as the conversation went, I never really looked into it or educated myself about breastfeeding. After he was born, I had trouble getting him to latch on. The lactation consultant at the hospital wasn’t all that helpful and the nurses made me feel like I was going to starve him to death if I didn’t feed him. So we gave him a bottle. I tried to breastfeed a few more times to no avail. I felt a little defeated, but I wasn’t devastated. I didn’t really know any of the benefits of breastfeeding.
Read the rest of Sarah’s story at Adventures With My Boys: Save the Children’s–“Superfood for Babies” Report #FirstHour
Sarah is a blogger, learning the ropes of healthy living and living a balanced life. She is a strong believer in teaching by example and tries to set a good example for her family. Sarah lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two young sons.
As a mom to a two year old who just stopped breastfeeding less than a year ago (March 2012), this hits close to home. I was not aware of the wonders of breast milk until I was in nursing school. I was amazed at the incredible ability of the body to make something that provides all the nutrients this tiny human needs. When I read about it in books, it seems so simple: put baby to breast, they eat. Fast forward 5 years, and I realized it wasn’t that simple. Yes a baby will find it’s way to the mother’s breast immediately after birth but that little minute-old baby might not know the best way to latch. Mothers need education and support when it comes to breastfeeding. They need heath workers who can show them the proper way for the baby to latch to the breast.
Read more of Samantha’s story at Carrying The World On My Hip: How to Save 830,000 Children #firsthour
Wife, Mom, Nurse, CPR Instructor, Advocate, Soon-to-be Childbirth Educator, who believes that we can all make the world a better place.