Choosing to breastfeed your child is a very personal decision. Today, there is a lot of pressure on new moms to breastfeed because of the health benefits for both mother and child. On their website, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding your child for the first six months of life (at which time most children are ready to start solid foods) and to continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of life, or as long as both mother and child wish to continue. While it is up to you to decide how long you breastfeed your child (or whether or not you will exclusively breastfeed), there are several items that can help to help make your nursing relationship easier. These items will help you to feel more comfortable while nursing and can help ensure you can have some time away from your child while still providing them with breast milk. If you are having difficulties with breast feeding, know you are not alone in your struggle. In addition to your child's pediatrician, there are many breastfeeding resources available such as the La Leche League (illl.org), and your local International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, which often work in local area hospitals. You can search for an IBCLC in your area by visiting the International Lactation Consultant Association search page on their website.
What items do you find most helpful with breastfeeding your baby? What items would you suggest to other mothers who want to breast feed?
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