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Breastfeeding Basics

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August 1 officially kicked off National Breastfeeding Month and yesterday the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card—and there’s loads of good news to share:

Breastfeeding Guide For The Whole First Year

The first days and weeks of breastfeeding often boil down to sheer survival: getting your baby to latch onto (and stay on!) your breast; functioning on what often feels like mere minutes of sleep; and willing yourself to keep going if you’re having problems.

Yet at some point down the road, when you and your baby have made it through the getting-to-know-each-other period, you’re likely to have different questions and concerns.

Breastfeeding In The News

Once again, we’re all in a bunch about breastfeeding.  It’s all over magazine covers, news stations, Facebook and beyond.  I’ve been trying to keep my big mouth shut because seriously, haven’t we already covered this?

The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Sore Nipples

Anyone who’s suffered from sore nipples can attest: It hurts. A lot. So much so, in fact, that despite your best intentions (not to mention a healthy dose of biting the proverbial bullet), you’re ready to give up. Don’t do it!

Undress For Success

In case you haven’t heard, breastfeeding is a pretty rockin’ way to feed your baby. It’s cheap (no need to buy formula); it’s easy (no mixing or warming necessary); it’s “green” (no formula containers in the landfill); and it’s good for his body and mind (a lower incidence of short- and long-term health threats like diarrhea and leukemia, plus an IQ boost). It’s even good for you, conferring a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Nursing In Public

The right clothes can definitely make the prospect of nursing in public a bit less stressful, as they’re designed for easy, discreet access to your breasts. Still, it can take some practice—and time—before you feel ready to try it.

Choose The Right Nursing Bra For You

 

Shop early—but not too early Nadine Harding, a certified bra fitter and director of sales and marketing at Bravado Designs, recommends buying in the third trimester. “We want your breasts to be closer to the size you’ll be when you’re actually breastfeeding,” she says.

Five Simple Steps To Breastfeeding Success

You can give your baby one of the greatest gifts possible by making the decision to breastfeed. Relatively minor ailments, such as ear infections and gastrointestinal problems, are less common among breastfed children, but so are long-term, potentially dangerous conditions, such as obesity and some childhood cancers.

Surprising Breastfeeding Benefits

You've likely heard that breastfeeding can confer some pretty impressive benefits to your baby—reduced ear infections and asthma, maybe even a bump in IQ among them. Turns out there are even more perks for your little one, not to mention for you, society and even Mother Earth.

A Smart Start

Breastfeeding is a good—no, great—thing. But as the saying goes, good things don't always come easily. Marathon feeding sessions, engorged breasts and sore nipples are some of the challenges you might face, especially in the first weeks, when you and your baby learn the ropes and your milk supply is established.

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