Figuring Out the Intricacies of Baby Feeding

Even if you have every intention of breastfeeding your baby, you may have problems and find this 'natural' process harder than you thought. Unfortunately, the advice about breastfeeding you receive can be conflicting — and sometimes bad.

If you have a strong wish to breastfeed your baby, don't give up, and remember that some breast milk is better than no breast milk — your baby will benefit even if he's partially breastfed and topped up with formula. I talk more about establishing breastfeeding in Chapter 19. You can also try these resources if you're having problems:

1 Day-stay programs to facilitate breastfeeding (ask your maternal and child health nurse for a referral)

1 Private lactation consultants (check your local Yellow Pages under 'lactation consultants')

1 The Australian Breastfeeding Association (visit www.breastfeeding. asn.au)

1 Your maternal and child health nurse

If you really want to breastfeed your baby and try very hard but it just doesn't work, don't beat yourself up over it: Babies who're given formula thrive too, and both you and baby may feel better if feeding isn't a constant battle.

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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