In our tech-focused world, we sometimes forget that nature has given us all we need to nurture ourselves, our baby and even the ability to breastfeed. Above all, confidence and commitment that you can do it will help tremendously. It is important to trust the process and your body post delivery and to take the time to learn how your new body is working so you can nurture your own new needs and those of your baby.
One of the many decisions you may make, is to breastfeed. The long-term benefits of breastfeeding are amazing as it offers babies a multitude of real health and nurture-related benefits and it is a bonus that it offers mom long-term benefits as well by helping her body function overall and may even aid weight loss.
In addition to offering moms protection and a reduced risk of illness while breastfeeding, we are flooded with the “love hormone” oxytocin which gives us the warm and fuzzies when we are nurturing ourselves and our nursling. It is nature’s way of ensuring we take time to slow down, take a break and bond with our babies and our own bodies. Given there can be some challenges along the road, there are items that can be helpful to have on hand to make the process a little easier. Wearing a quality nursing bra will provide you with the support you need for your larger than usual breasts and give your baby easy access. Disposable nursing pads help to avoid embarrassing leaks and cushion tender nipples. And, while breastfeeding should not hurt, some moms experience sensitivity or soreness and it is helpful to have a supply of HPA® Lanolin or Lansinoh Soothies® Gel Pads while the underlying causes are addressed. Do it for your baby; do it for yourself. It is nature’s way to nurture both you and your nursling! We commend and support you!
Gina Ciagne, CLC Director, Breastfeeding and Consumer Relations Lansinoh Laboratories www.bymomsformoms.net