If you know us, you know that our mission is to support parents in any decision they make, especially when it comes to infant feeding, however, as World Breastfeeding Week has just come to a close we wanted to extend the celebrations and continue the conversation around breastfeeding and all that comes with it; the good, the bad and the ugly.
Why? Because each year the hashtag #worldbreastfeedingweek sets out to normalize breastfeeding, to showcase beautiful images and educational articles, to make the journey to successful breastfeeding easier for those who come after us. It is a wonderful thing! And speaking of those who come after us, breastfeeding has been identified by our world’s leaders as a key to achieving Sustainable Development which is why this year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (#WBW2016) is on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs).
Each and every day we get emails from new parents (or soon-to-be parents) asking questions about breastfeeding and we love having articles/references from the best in the industry ready to use as reference in our replay. Below are the articles we reference the most, as well as some more popular posts from this year’s #worldbreastfeedingweek.
1. A baby drinking ‘really good’!
This video is titled ‘really good drinking’ on the BreastFeeding Inc because it is just that, a newborn eating really well (proper latch and all). This website is a must have resource for any new parent or parent educator. We share this video a lot with new parents as they often ask ‘how do I know my baby is actually drinking?’ and this video shows you exactly what to look for.
2. Solving Problems
For many new mothers breastfeeding does not come easy, we don’t see babies breastfeed on a daily basis (although that is changing) and it doesn’t always come as naturally as we would hope. There are many issues that can arise during a breastfeeding career and it is nice to have some information on how to face these challenges all in one place, which is exactly what this Today’s Parent ’15 Breastfeeding Problems and How to Solve Them’ blog post does. Plus if you look closely in the videos you can see bebo mia’s CEO, Bianca helping new mothers with a proper latch!
3. All About that Poop!
Speaking of ‘how do I know if my baby is actually drinking?’ using poop/pee output is a common way to monitor baby intake. Knowing how much your baby takes in can be as easy as seeing how much comes out, this chart is an amazing guide we give to all of our clients. There will be other output questions that arise as baby grows – it is amazing how exciting poop can become! You can find all the answers right here in this post by mama natural, plus it’s super cute!
4. Laid-Back Breastfeeding!
Laid-back breastfeeding really made its debut over the last few years. It is simply the idea that the mother lay in a comfortable, reclined position and the baby’s natural instincts guide the way. You can find out more about this in the post ‘6 Easy Steps to Laid-Back Breastfeeding’.
5. Schedule VS Baby Led Breastfeeding.
Posted last week in honour of World Breastfeeding week and the support, promotion, and protection of breastfeeding, UNICEF and Emma Pickett wrote an extremely important blog post titled ‘The Dangerous Obsession with the Infant Feeding Interval’. This post is important because there are so many mixed messages when it comes to when and how often to feed a new baby. We will likely be sharing this post quite a bit!
6. Cookies for Milk Supply?
This post on lactation cookies is mostly for fun but also really delicious and effective. We have had so many clients and clients of our graduates use this recipe and love it. We also recommend a big batch of these as a ‘drop-at-the-door’ post baby gift. The great thing about this blog post is that it has several links to more resources for increasing milk supply, should that be an issue!
7. Images of Partners Supporting Breastfeeding.
We just had to share these amazing public breastfeeding images because… normalizing breastfeeding! Published by the Huffington Post, this article showcases images of fathers supporting their breastfeeding partners, all captured by Megan Soto of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project. The photos were too beautiful to not end up in our top 10, and like we said… normalizing breastfeeding!
8. Pregnancy & Tandem Nursing.
When baby #2 comes around we are often asked if nursing during pregnancy is possible, and what about nursing two babies? Both are possible and this amazing article by Kelly Mom sets out to dispel the myths of pregnancy & tandem breastfeeding. Side note, Kelly Mom is one of our go-to resources for all things breastfeeding education & support, we could have easily filled our top 10 with her posts!
9. On Breastfeeding & Medication.
Ok, one more from Kelly Mom because her site is so helpful and because this topic is huge for breastfeeding mothers. If you need to know what medications are safe/not safe and what the risks are associated with breastfeeding, this post has all the resources you will need. You’re welcome!
10. Amazing Breastmilk.
‘The More I learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I am’ – No truer words have been spoken. We love this post because it is such a jaw dropping read, our bodies really are amazing and beautiful, definitely deserving of a whole week to celebrate! #worldbreastfeedingweek #WBW2016
There you have it, our top 10. Let us know, did we miss someone?! Share your favourite breastfeeding blog or post to celebrate with us and highlight your favourite moments from #WBW2016!
We’ll even share one that got us excited, to get the ball rolling!
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted out a photo of his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (SGT as some like to call her), and son, Hadrien, in support of World Breastfeeding Week #WBW2016 #SDGs.
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