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We have decided to write a blog about our smart kid, and document and highlight things about him that are of interest or that come to mind.  It's not often as parents that we get to document everything that our children do, or tell our kids about them.  We're always being told as well that we have a smart child on our hands, so we decided to make this blog to document not only for us to remember down the line, but for our child to reflect back on and see his own progression, and why we, and many others call him a smart kid.  You're welcome to join us as we write about our son, and should another child come into our lives, as we add on another smart kid to the blog as well!  Enjoy!



I Decided on Breastfeeding My Baby


posted by Nchim on Sunday, March 11, 2012at 23:07 || under Medical

I Decided on Breastfeeding My Baby

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the things I researched was breastfeeding. I have several friends who told me they opted not to do it because of what they feared it would do to their breasts. But I had also heard that there were plenty of benefits to the baby as well as to the mother AND the father.


Benefits to Baby

Through all my research, the thing that stood out the most was the fact that breastfed babies are much healthier that bottle-fed babies. They are less prone to ear-infections and require less sick-visits to the doctor’s office. Once I learned this, I was sold, and decided on breastfeeding my baby! I mean… why wouldn’t I want to do everything I can to ensure a more healthy and happy baby. I also learned that breastfed babies are more likely to become healthier adults.  And funny enough, to this day, our son (thank God), hasn't had an ear infection at all... even though my husband said he was a bit prone to them as a baby.  Oh yeah, almost forgot, breastfeeding your child also helps improve brain development and makes for a smarter child as well.  Another bonus for baby!


Benefits to Mom

Ok…. So knowing that breastfeeding my baby would be a great thing for my baby was great, but was thing I kept hearing about benefits to the mother? Well, I learned that breastfeeding could reduce my chances for breast cancer and it could actually help me lose weight! What woman does not want a little help to lose that extra baby weight?!


Benefits to Dad

Well, the benefits to the father are actually benefits to the entire family, but I just wanted to make fathers feel special!  Breastfeeding saves money. First of all, we save money on doctor’s visits…. And unlike baby formula, breastfeeding is absolutely free! I remember when I first told German that I was considering breastfeeding and since he did not know too much about it, he was kind of against the idea.  I breastfed Isaiah for 9 months before German had to start buying formula. When he started buying formula and he saw how much it cost, he really thanked me!  I would definitely recommend it!

 

Difficult At First But It Gets Better

I would love to sit here and tell you that breastfeeding was easy, but it really wasn’t.  It was especially difficult in the beginning.  My milk took a while to come in and this was extremely frustrating.  And Isaiah was not latching on easily, so this made it even more difficult.  Eventually my breasts were getting full and my nipples were getting sore and cracked.  Not a good look!  I started to re-think this whole plan. But I decided to be strong a stick to it.


What really helped me were my lactation nurse and the pump that I started using at the hospital. In fact, I ended up renting a pump so that I could pump at home. At home I sometimes breastfed Isaiah directly so that I could bond with him. In addition, I pumped often. This gave German and other family members the opportunity to bond with Isaiah while feeding him. Pumping eventually got a lot easier and I got the hang of it.  It's not impossible at all, and again, breastfeeding is very helpful to everyone as I've mentioned.  But a great lactation nurse and pump will definitely help... and some helpful breastfeeding tips as well which can go a long way too!


Going Back to Work

When Isaiah was 2 months old, I had to go back to work. This really sucked! It was not easy to figure out a schedule for pumping. Fortunately, my boss gave me the opportunity to work half days for roughly 2 months. I was able to pump right before work and again as soon as I got home. I really did not want to take the pump and all the extra stuff with me at work, so this worked out for me. I decided to stop breastfeeding when Isaiah turned 9 months old.This was due to fact that I was pumping less and in turn lactating less. Eventually, the milk factory was closed and German had to start buying formula.  I told him it was his duty to provide food for his son since I had been the only one doing it so far. Lol!


Looking Back / Final Comments

If I could change anything, I would probably have tried harder to breastfeed/pump longer. At least until Isaiah was 18 months old.  Over all, I am happy I at least did it for as long as I did and that I did not give up. I was able to reap all of the benefits… the most important one being… a very healthy baby boy!

I wanted to leave my advice to my friends and to anyone else who really wants to breastfeed and who may struggle in the beginning like I did. Hope it helps..

  • Know that you are not alone and that it will get better soon.
  • Make 1 or 2 appointments with a good lactation nurse.  Your sessions should include pumping and actually nursing the baby. You should go over positions to hold the baby and how to actually get the baby to latch on and off (getting the baby off can be hard sometimes. Lol!)
  • Get a pump. I recommend renting the more powerful one from the hospital. Trust me… My sister decided not to take my advice and to buy an "El Cheapo" one instead. She ended up getting very frustrated and in turn did not lactate for very long.
  • Get some "Milk Plus” pills. These help… I actually still have an almost full bottle because I only needed to take these pills a few times to give my lactation a boost.
  • Drink prenty of water and try to eat healthy foods.  This helps a lot as well.
I would definitely recommend it to you as a strong choice.  It helps save money, it lets you bond closer with your child, and more importantly, it makes baby healthier!  I'm glad I decided on breastfeeding my baby and will be making the same choice with our next one as well.

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