Breast is the best choice, most women know that but with huge marketing departments and budgets, formula companies would love for women to NOT know that. In many countries, they are able to legally tell moms otherwise too!But, the fact is:
Among women who prenatally intended to exclusively breastfeed, more than 85% intended to do so for 3 months or more; however, only 32.4% of mothers achieved their intended exclusive breastfeeding duration.
This is mom’s own goals, not some goal by the government or medical association or “crazy” extended breastfeeders like myself.
6 month of only breastfeeding is recommended by major medical societies. One year minimum of any breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and two years is recommended by the World Health Organization. No upper limit is listed by any medical society or La Leche League.
Nursing moms: The best thing YOU can do is breastfeed and help pregnant moms and new moms while they are struggling early on. It isn’t easy, and with freebies coming left and right, more moms are bombarded and easily discouraged. While 1-2 percent of women have medical reasons for it not working, most women are not in that category and instead need support and a smile
Pregnant women: Get support! Find breastfeeding friendly doctors and pediatricians. Find a Baby Friendly hospital. Know it will likely be tough for the first few weeks! Find a breastfeeding support group like La Leche League. Know your life will change Know that a baby’s stomach is the size of a marble at birth… so your colostrum is enough!
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