Disclosure: The following guest post and infographic have been used with permission.
*NOTE: Before sharing this great guest post with you I want to make a note that we, here at Cinnamon Hollow, are advocates of breastfeeding. With that said, Clay and I both understand that sometimes, breastfeeding your child just isn’t possible. Be it health or just personal reasons, some women choose to or have to give formula and we support everyone’s decision to choose what is best for them and their family. I breastfed all 4 of our children but there were times I also had to supplement with formula. (surgeries, travel, etc.) So I get it. This post is in no way meant to leave out formula feeding moms or to make you feel inferior, ’cause you’re not! You rock! We all rock!
The title of the blog posts says “Supermoms” but I want to clarify that here on my blog, that simply means that being able to offer the goodness of what’s in our own milk is a super hero moment. Because breastmilk is awesome! It has superpowers. But in my, personal, opinion all mom’s (and dads) are superheroes! I just wanted to clarify that.
And if you are thinking about breastfeeding but are unsure, the infographic below may help you too!
Ok, read on!
Supermoms, Help is Available
Whether you call it “liquid gold,” “nursing,” or just plain breastfeeding, studies show it helps both mom and baby stay healthier, not just while breastfeeding, but over the baby’s entire life!
The fact is, breast milk is like a daily vaccination for your baby. Many of the benefits of breast milk—like the protection your baby receives from acute and chronic diseases—cannot be duplicated by any formula.
Breastfeeding is tremendously beneficial for moms, too—it lowers our risk of Type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, heart disease and postpartum depression.
However, one in five new moms never tries breastfeeding. Among those who do, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 50 percent are still breastfeeding at six months.
While we all know that breastfeeding has overwhelming benefits for moms and babies, breastfeeding can still be challenging. But take heart, support is available in the form of lactation professionals called International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLCs).
These trained and certified professionals support moms through breastfeeding challenges both big and small. You can now talk to a professional lactation consultant who can cut through the clichéd—and oftentimes incorrect—information to give you and your baby personalized, professional support for both the emotional and physical challenges of breastfeeding.
Whether you’re dealing with milk supply issues, feeding a preterm baby, experiencing nipple pain or other concerns, IBCLCs can help due to their vast experience and know-how. In fact, there are more than 14,000 IBCLCs in the U.S. who have provided lactation support to hundreds of thousands of mothers over the last 30 years.
You can meet an IBCLC almost anywhere—including hospitals, clinics, obstetrician and pediatrician offices, and even via scheduled home visits. Many moms meet with a lactation professional before they give birth.
So as you prepare to—or continue to—breastfeed your baby, remember you can seek out the professional expertise of IBCLCs by just asking for all 5, “I-B-C-L-C.”
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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