So I’ve got a new gig… I’m a blogger for the new site Giggle Gab, brought to you by the store Giggle. I’m writing the Nursing Know How pieces. If you haven’t been to one of Giggle’s 14 stores around the country, or visited its website, take a few minutes to check it out. They have everything from breast pumps to high chairs. As for the Giggle Gab blog, they’ve got writers covering pregnancy, parenting, city living, baby style and fashion and having healthy home.
So my first post is about deciding whether or not to breastfeed. Here’s an excerpt:
You’ve been fixated on food for months. One minute you’re ravenous. The next, you’re repulsed. Mostly, you can’t get enough of those bite-sized brownies, right? Pregnancy does that to you. Well guess, what– now it’s time to think about what someone else is going to eat.From the very first hour your baby is born, you’re going to be focused on feeding her. You’ll get to know that “feed-me-right-this-instant” wail oh, so well. But there’s a key decision you need to make: breast milk or formula? So how do you decide? There’s a lot to consider.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that moms exclusively breastfeed for the first six months. That means no juice, water, milk or solid foods. After six months the AAP recommends continuing to breastfeed, in addition to solids, for at least 12 months, or longer. The World Health Organization even recommends breastfeeding for 2 years.
But, there is no “right” choice here. Some moms exclusively breastfeed. Some only use formula. Some do a combination of the two. And there are even those who pump breast milk so that another caretaker can give the baby a bottle. Ultimately, you’re the parent and it’s up to you what works best for you and your baby.
Here are some pros and cons of breastfeeding. A little “food” for thought:
Now… click here for those pros and cons.