Busy Moms Breastfeed!
Kathy Abbott, IBCLC
Certified Lactation Consultant
Breastfeeding Strategies for Busy Women
Did You Know?
Feeding your baby more frequently during the first week after birth can help increase your milk supply two months later!
Massachusetts now has three "Baby Friendly" birth facilities!
80% of the immune system is located in the digestive tract. Breast milk coats the lining of your baby’s digestive tract protecting it from harmful microbes. Human milk also has special growth factors that will help your baby’s immune system mature.
Businesses in the US with over 50 employees are now federally required to offer mothers reasonable time and space to express their milk.
Crying is a late sign of hunger. By the time your baby cries you may have missed as many as 5 feeding cues letting you know that your baby is hungry.
Many early breastfeeding difficulties can be avoided. These include sore nipples, engorgement, mastitis, thrush, jaundice, and slow infant weight gain.
Most first time mothers spend more time educating themselves about childbirth (a one day event) than they do about breastfeeding, even if they plan to breastfeed for a year.
When fathers aren't educated about breastfeeding, mothers wean earlier.
“Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life-” American Academy of Pediatrics. The World Health Organization recommends that babies be breastfed for two years. Both organizations suggest that breastfeeding should then continue as long as mutually desired by mother and her child.
72% of women who planned to breastfeed for at least 6 months wean before their babies are 6 weeks old.
A recent study in Boston showed that of mothers who intended to breastfeed for at least 6 months only 50% were still breastfeeding at the the end of one week.
Breastfeeding can save a family between $1000 and $2300 per year.
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Too busy to make it to a breastfeeding class? Want to learn how to make breastfeeding work for your situation? Prenatal education can make the difference between avoiding difficulties in the first place and having to overcome breastfeeding challenges later on.
Know someone who's pregnant? Give her the gift of either a private breastfeeding class or an in home visit. Makes a great baby shower gift!
Baby NapCaps® safely eliminates lights and distractions, especially useful for hospitalized infants. For the more active older baby NapCaps® can help baby settle down and concentrate on the business of breastfeeding. (May also be used a sun visor!) To learn more…
Kathy Abbott, IBCLC, RLC
132 Water St.
Beverly MA 01915