Breastfeeding can be an amazing, you-just-can’t-bottle-this experience, and a tremendous boost to your baby’s and your lifelong health! Yet, most new moms struggle to make it past the first few weeks and many stop breastfeeding long before they even reach their personal goals. How is that possible when the majority of breastfeeding problems are easily prevented and fully resolvable with the right help? The unfortunate reality is that new moms are being “booby trapped™” by the social, cultural and institutional barriers that have developed over the past 70+ years, which result in common breastfeeding problems. Most expecting moms are not aware of these barriers, and even worse, many of the doctors and hospitals (and even magazines, friends and family members) they turn to, do not possess the most accurate “how-to” information and/or engage in practices that actively undermine breastfeeding. Best for Babes™ to the rescue!
In this section, you will find up-to-date information on the most common breastfeeding issues. Our goal is to empower you with the latest, evidence-based, user-friendly information so you can avoid breastfeeding problems and quickly resolve any difficulties that arise. And, where possible, we’ve provided printable versions complete with scientific references that you can give to your pediatrician, hospital, or loving but misinformed relative as proof!
Whether you are a first-time mom looking forward, or a next-time mom looking back, we want you to be inspired, prepared and empowered for this breastfeeding experience so you can give the best to your babe, feel fabulous about it, and enjoy breastfeeding from the get-go! This section is a work in progress so please check back with us and see the rest of the site and our Resources page for more help.
Help! I don’t want to breastfeed! Not sure if breastfeeding is right for you? Don’t worry! This guide will walk you through the decision-making process, and let you know about valuable resources if you can’t or decide not to breastfeed.
Best for Babes Ultimate Breastfeeding Preparation Checklist -A month-by-month guide to getting prepared for breastfeeding. Or, the “mini” version for those of us who need it streamlined further: Just Three Things Every Expecting Mom Should Do to help beat the Booby Traps!
Get Your Best Breastfeeding Game On, Girlfriend! -A must-read (and short) game plan for getting breastfeeding off to the best start!
The Learning Curve of Breastfeeding -What to expect when breastfeeding, and how to get through the first 4-6 weeks.
Beat the Breastfeeding Booby Traps: How to recognize and avoid common pitfalls and barriers
Assemble Your A-Team -How to find a great Ob/Gyn or Birth Provider, Hospital or Maternity Center, and Pediatrician
Resources: Know where to get help BEFORE you give birth. Your guide to best websites & blogs, local support groups, and lactation specialists.
Want to continue nursing when you go back to work? Find out how to ensure your employer accommodations are in place, how pumping at work helps you, your baby and your boss, and what the latest policy changes are. Our Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work covers all the basics and lets you know where to get more help, in an easy, clear overview.
Amazing (and Lesser-Known) Facts About You, Your Baby and Your Mom-Made Wonder Food You’re a super power, Babe! Not only can you make the magic elixir that provides complete and constantly changing nutrition for your little babe, but your also the best heater, visual aid, and breathing regulator — among many other incredible feats. Get inspired by your bad self!
Your New Family’s Magical Hour -whether you go on to breastfeed or not, you and your baby will reap lasting emotional and physical benefits by savoring uninterrupted skin-to-skin time for an hour (or two) immediately following birth. This is a not-to-be-missed transitional experience that provides your baby with a blueprint of security, warmth, comfort and nourishment, boosts mom’s (and any onlooker’s!) confidence about her ability to nourish, and begins a deep bond between mother and child that studies show creates more confident moms at one year, and babies who are better able to self-regulate.
Common Breastfeeding Issues
For other questions and issues not yet covered here, you will find links to extensive accurate and helpful information on our Resources Page.
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