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Breastfeeding is Best December 24, 2008

Filed under: attachment parenting — The Other Side of Darkness @ 12:48 am

bfingBreastfeeding has numerous advantages and is definitely the best choice for your beautiful newborn baby. Your breast milk will provide the perfect nutrients that are made just for your baby.

Breast milk has even been shown to help protect babies from illness. There have been several studies that have shown that breastfed infants have lower rates of ear infections, rashes, diarrhea, allergies, hospital admissions and other medical problems than infants that have been given formula.

As you may know, infant formula is made from cow’s milk, but you may not realize that formula does not contain the type of protein that is made in human milk, nor does it contain all of the nutrients that your baby needs. Formula lacks fatty acids for brain development, amino acids for central nervous system development, and the correct proportions of calcium and iron. Not to mention that many babies have trouble digesting the protein found in formula. And these are only a few of the many missing ingredients that aren’t found in formula, but are found in your breast milk.

One of the ways breastfeeding helps your child is that your antibodies are transferred from mother to baby. These antibodies help to protect your infant from diseases such as asthma & allergy, diabetes, childhood cancer, ear infections, urinary infections, sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory disease, and more. Almost 80% of the cells found in human milk protect against viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Breastfeeding also helps to promote a sense of security and a close bond with the mother. Unlike bottle feeding, a nursing mother is required to spend a great deal of time cuddling and holding her baby over the course of the day. Breastfeeding creates an attachment between mother and child that begins at birth.

Not to mention that breastfeeding can save you thousands of dollars on formula. When your baby is crying and needs to be fed, you will never have to worry about making a bottle, or even running to the store if your out. Breast milk is always ready and at your disposal. And every time you breast feed you are using up calories making it easier to lose weight postpartum.

When you make the decision to nurse your baby, there are a few things you should be aware of. Even though breastfeeding is indeed the most natural choice, it doesn’t always come naturally. You may experience some difficulties in the beginning, such as sore or cracked nipples, engorement, low milk supply or poor latch from your baby. Please don’t be discouraged. There are many wonderful resources out there, such as La Leche League, where you can find help with all these problems and more. And remember, with patience and practice, things will get better and you will have a deep connection with your breastfed baby.

After you give birth, it is best to place your newborn to your breast as soon as possible. Although you won’t be producing milk yet, you will be producing a wonderful substitute called colostrum. Colustrum otherwise know as “mother’s gold”, is high in protein, carbohydrates, and antibodies and is perfect for the first few days of your infants life. A newborn babe should be fed every 1 – 2 hours for the first few months, or you may even want to feed them “on demand” until they settle into more of a schedule on their own.

Whether you are a new parent, or an experienced parent, you will want to give your baby the very best. Breastmilk is one of the best ways  you can give to your new child the very best. It is made just for your baby and will make give her a head start on a healthy and happy life.

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Benefits of Baby Wearing December 21, 2008

Your baby spends nine months in your womb; the closest two people can be to each other. He feels the warmth of your body, hears your heart beating rhythmically, and is filled with the familiar smells of mommy. So it is only natural to mimic that closeness by using a baby carrier or sling with your sweet newborn baby. Baby wearing is not only good for newborns though. Its also good for older babies and toddlers, as well as for moms.

As A Lifestyle

With the many variety of baby carriers out these days, it is possible to find one that can suite your life and the stages of your child. When you are out at the store and your baby is crying to be held, when you are in desperate need of something to eat but your baby doesn’t want to be put down, when you are amongst strangers and your little one needs a little extra security – these are all perfect opportunities for  .

The closeness of having your baby snuggled into you, held securely with a sling or carrier, can help keep you in tune with her needs. Babies who are constantly kept close do not need to cry out as often to get attention – mommy is already right there. You will be more in tune when you baby is hungry or needs a diaper change and able to tend to those needs before your baby becomes upset.

It’s important for babies to have a trust and sense of security in the world. Being carried and held close often can bring that feeling to your baby. That trust will bring happiness and contentment to your little one. As your baby grows older, he will have an innate sense of security and love, which will help him become self-reliant and secure.

Baby wearing can be great for fathers too. There are many styles and prints that are geared towards dads to help get them into the baby wearing vibe. Many dads love to use baby carriers as a way to develop that same closeness that usually only mothers get. Your baby will become used to his voice, movements and heartbeat, forging a new kind of bond for the two of them.

Convenience is another reason many mothers choose to wear their baby. If you have an older child who needs your hands on attention, babywearing can keep you free to tend to them. Or if you need to move about the house to cook a meal or do a chore, wearing your baby will keep her safe and content while you go about your daily routines. The gentle rocking motion of your movements will keep her sleeping peacefully much longer than if you were to leave her alone.

As you baby becomes a toddler you do not need to put away your baby carrier. There are many carriers that are made to hold the weight of toddlers while giving your back a break. Your toddler will love to have the advantage of being held, giving him an adults eye view of the world and a secure place to retreat to when things become more than he can handle.

With the many different types of baby carriers out, you may find yourself with more than one. You may choose to have a sling for around the house and a backpack for outtings. You may want a wrap for your newborn and a structured carrier for your toddler. And with so many prints to choose from, you may want more just because you love the look. Babywearing can compliment your life and bring you closer to your child as well.

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Sweet Baby Kisses December 7, 2008

Some of the sweetest moments between my baby and I happen in our family bed. I get more kisses and laughs from him than any other time. The new thing he does that I think is just adorable is when he is nursing and then stops so he can give me a kiss. He does this often when I am putting him down for the night. And there is nothing better than waking up to a sweet baby kiss in the morning. It’s hard not to fall in love with him all over again. I think about how I would miss out on the moments if we weren’t sharing a family bed.

More than I love my sweet baby kisses, I love weekend mornings. My husband is home on those mornings, and the three of us sleep in. When my baby wakes up and sees his Daddy there, he immediatly rolls over to give him a kiss. It reminds me of the sweet relationship the two of them share. As much as he loves and needs  his Mommy, he also loves and needs his Daddy. That is a really special thing. I am so glad that we can share these special moments together.

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Night Time Snuggles November 20, 2008

Filed under: attachment parenting — The Other Side of Darkness @ 7:27 am
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I love to sleep with my little one. He is sweet, warm and cuddly. He snuggles up to me all night and when he isn’t in bed with me I miss him. He also hogs up most of the bed, kicks me, gets on top of me and sometimes does marathon nursing all night. That’s OK. This time is precious and will not last long. I want to treasure it and enjoy these time while I can.

I co-slept with my other two sons also. When my first son was 1 1/2 and I was pregnant with my second, I found myself in the middle of a divorce and living with my parents. Co-sleeping took on a new meaning as I shared my bed with my 2 year old and my newborn. It was definatly interesting being squeezed in between the two of them, but sweet. It was just the three of us for years as we had to live in my old bedroom in my parents house. Sometimes a trying situation, but I look back at those nights fondly. I would read little story books to them at bedtime, then lay with them until they drifted off into slumber land. It wasn’t until my oldest son was four that I was able to move into our own place and they had their own room. It was actually really easy for them to make the transition from sleeping with me to sleeping in another room on their new bunk beds. Of course we still had to have ‘sleep overs’ every once in awhile.

As the years went on, story time was still an important part of our lives. We would all crawl onto one of their beds and read together. Sometimes in the mornings my youngest son would sneak into my bed and snuggle in bed with me for a couple of hours. It was very sweet to hear him softly breathing next to me, just like old times.

Now my newest son who is 14 months old, often will sleep in his crib all night. Sometimes I won’t put him in because I just want to be with him. It’s just a reminder that he’s growing up and becoming so big. I think my time co-sleeping with my sons has been wonderful and has only made us closer. I wonder if they will co-sleep with their children too.