Mama’s Milk: Real Food for Babies
Breastfeeding. Nursing. Baboo. Nursie. Num Num. Mamas. — Just a few of the names I have encountered.
This blog wouldn’t capture the real me without lots of breastfeeding talk. Helping moms and babies with breastfeeding is one of my passions. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to turn that passion into a profession for a few years and had the privilege of working with many mama/baby pairs at the wonderful birth center where I worked and also as a volunteer for a breastfeeding support organization.
One of my favorite things about mothering is nursing. I’ve been blessed to have been able to nurse all 4 of my children, some through very difficult circumstances, for what is considered in modern Western culture as an “extended” amount of time, although is actually the biological norm.
There are so many wonderful reasons to breastfeed and I could fill pages with all the benefits to mom and baby. But the simple reason for me is that women’s bodies were created to make milk to feed their babies. It simply the natural order of life. Mama’s Milk is Real Food for babies. Breast milk is a living food, full of antibodies, enzymes and beneficial bacteria as well as the proper nutrient balance that a baby requires.
The vast majority of women have the ability to nurse their baby. Yes, there are some medical conditions which can make nursing more challenging. I know, I have one of them and struggled to make enough milk to nourish my youngest 2 children. But the main problem with breastfeeding is not a mother’s inability to breastfeed, but rather it is lack of information (and blatant misinformation) and/or lack of support. In a culture where breastfeeding has not been the “norm” for several generations, new mothers in the US find themselves facing obstacles that mothers in earlier times did not face. See this excellent article by Best for Babes that sums up perfectly how women in our day and age come into breastfeeding in a system that has set them up to fail.
Mama’s Milk is Real Food for babies. They deserve the best. If you’re a new mom struggling, a soon-to-be mom gathering information, or a future mom just curious at this point…welcome. I intend to bring helpful information and resources to my readers to equip and inform. Are you a mom wondering what went wrong with your last breastfeeding experience and want to know if it can be different with your next baby? I hope this will be a helpful place for you…not a place of judgement, but a place of loving support. I hope you feel my genuine, heartfelt desire to help you reach your goals with breastfeeding, whatever those goals may be.
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