Happy World Breastfeeding Week! {With a Giveaway!}

Did you know that in a third world country, breastfeeding can make the difference between life or death for an infant? Most third world countries lack clean drinking water and when companies like Nestle come in offering formula as a comparable alternative to breastmilk, and a desperate, malnourished mother decides to trust their claims, it is likely her infant will die. When you take a can of formula, dilute it to the max, and mix it with unclean water, you are essentially feeding your baby disease-riddled water.

Now, I know the Nestle debacle is a whole different issue, so I’m not going to go there today. I do, however, want to bring to light how incredibly fortunate most of us are to live in the developed world. We have access to a plethora of support and resources as well as clean water. You may have stopped breastfeeding because your nipples were too sore, you imagined you had supply issues (I don’t mean to offend with that statement, but the reality of actually having supply issues are rather rare. Most women are simply not educated enough to trust their body’s ability to feed their baby exactly what he/she needs), or because it was just plain exhausting. But what if you didn’t have the luxury of that decision? Or that decision ended in the death of your sweet baby?

So in light of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 – August 7, 2012), we wanted to share a few statistics, a little bit of encouragement, some sweet photos, and a couple of resources.

*In most third world countries, exclusive breastfeeding through ageย six months is on the rise. This is such good news!

*Hungary has the highest rates in developed countires of exclusively breastfed infants at three, four, andย six months of age.

*The UK has the lowest breastfeeding rates of any developed country, with exclusive breastfeeding atย six months of age almost unheard of.

*Breastfeeding has the potential to prevent up to 1.4 million infant deaths in thirld world countries each year!

*Breastfeeding reduces risk for respiratory infections and diarrhea, two major causes of infant death.

So as you can see, breastfeeding really is life or death for some babies around the world. If that makes you feel like you should be thankful to breastfeed your baby, I’m glad. That’s how I feel when I read these kind of statistics. If your baby has a poor latch, pursue the help of an IBCLC, or your local LLLI group. If you don’t feel like you get the help you need, find a different IBCLC or LLLI group. Don’t give up! Breastfeeding is HARD WORK. Especially in the beginning. But for most, it will get easier, and it will pay off. I have never heard from a mom who regrets that she breastfed her baby too long, but there are plenty of us out there who wish we’d tried a little harder or worked on it a little longer.

If you are looking for support, email us! Leave a comment on this post, we would LOVE to assist you in any way possible. If you need a site full of information, check out:

KellyMom

or

La Leche League International

And my very favorite resource is The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. If you don’t have a copy, don’t fret! We are going to give you a chance to win one of your own at the end of this post!

We have all had our struggles, ups and downs, and triumphs where breastfeeding is concerned. I have breastfed all four of my babies for a total of 42 months and counting, and I can say it is one of the most rewarding, enjoyable aspects of mothering. It is more than worth the early struggles.

Now for the giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 Comments

  1. Geneva -  August 1, 2012 - 8:57 pm

    I have breastfed my son for almost 9 months now! And I’m totally entering. Just to make sure the rafflecopter works. ๐Ÿ™‚
    But if nobody else enters, that book is MINE!

  2. Amber -  August 1, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    *hangs head in shame*
    I had bfed my daughter for 9 months when I encountered “supply issues” and I feel terrible for giving up!!!! We are 4 days in and I want milk back!

    • Xza Louise -  August 2, 2012 - 8:53 am

      Amber, If you want to breastfeed… you stlill can! Relactation is a tough thing to do, but it’s not impossible. I would love to help you if you would like.

  3. Mercedes -  August 2, 2012 - 9:17 am

    My son is 5 weeks old and I intend to BF him until at least a year

  4. Melanie Echternach -  August 2, 2012 - 10:14 am

    My daughter is 4 months and we are breast feeding still, I am hoping to be able to make it to year and then see from there! It’s such a rewarding thing and so thankful that we have been able to!

  5. kimberly -  August 2, 2012 - 11:01 am

    we just hit the one year mark of breast feeding ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so proud of myself for sticking to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Larisha Campbell -  August 2, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    I am currently prego w/my first so I will just be starting!! Looking for all the info I can get!

  7. Laura -  August 2, 2012 - 6:07 pm

    I breastfed my daughter for 9 months, then watched my supply drop by cutting out a pump break at work. They are working better now though, going strong with my 7 month old son. The book would be great for my pregnant friend who I am still not sure if she will give breastfeeding a solid effort, and we all know it can be a challenge at first & easy to throw in the towel. Hope I can help her.

  8. Kathi -  August 2, 2012 - 7:17 pm

    Hanna-no, Kaeleigh-no, Elijah- 2.5 weeks, Micah- he is fixing to turn 6 months and still breastfeeding! Don’t know why I didn’t even try with the first 2!?

  9. Bao -  August 2, 2012 - 8:36 pm

    I breastfed my daughter for 15 months. Now nursing my one month old son…right NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Chasity Boatman -  August 2, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    I have yet to breastfeed, but I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait to experience the special bond so many women talk about. Plus, it’s the absolute best for my baby Ben. I want to breastfeed for at least a year and a half, if not two years.

  11. Amy -  August 3, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    We are at 6 mths and going strong – nursing as I type haha!

  12. Amanda Paige -  August 3, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    8 months strong!!! people keep asking me when i’m going to stop, pshhhhh….

    • Laura -  August 4, 2012 - 9:47 pm

      I hate that. Mind your own business, it’s my baby &
      I’ll do what I think is best!

  13. Johanna I. -  August 4, 2012 - 12:29 am

    1 year with my son (he self-weaned then) and I’m at 12 weeks with my daughter and going strong.

  14. Anna Glenn -  August 4, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    I breastfed my daughter until she was almost 19 months and I am currently nursing my 9 month old (and will til he decides to stop)

  15. Charlee -  August 4, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    6 almost 7 mOnths ๐Ÿ™‚ going strong

  16. Yami -  August 4, 2012 - 10:14 pm

    I’ve been nursing my baby for almost ten months now. I hope to continue breast feeding for as long as he still wants to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Amy -  August 4, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    Nursing my 8 month old as I type & going strong! I get told “oh you’ll stop once he gets teeth.” 4 teeth & no problem!

  18. Yvonne -  August 5, 2012 - 1:09 am

    We’re 11 months and I’d love to say going string but curently on a nursing strike I think.
    Nursed my 1st for 3 weeks and pumped for 7-8 weeks until I just gave up. I was completely uneducated, unaware and just stupid really, (didn’t even know about or maybe didn’t have the money for an electric pump!) when he failed to maintain and gain weight his ped suggested bottle feeding because he “probably wasnt latching or I wasn’t doing it right” and I believed it. Years later I found out it was a tongue tie that could have been a simple fix ๐Ÿ™ I failed at my birthing dream and breastfeeding, I still cry over it sometimes when I think about it.

    Recently a close relative of mine was putting down breast feeding, as I had just finished nursing my son, and the insult that was the most upsetting was “I mean if you don’t have money for formula, than I guess it’s ok to breastfeed since you can’t afford anything better, but if you can then come on”

    • Laura -  August 7, 2012 - 10:14 am

      Afford anything better? My son’s ped once told me breast milk is priceless, you cant buy it in a store and every drop is more precious than gold. Ignore the ignorant, keep doing what you feel is right for your son.

  19. rosa -  August 5, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    I’ve been breastfeeding for 10 weeks now and hope to make it to at least 6months.

  20. tania -  August 8, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    Help! Ok. Little back story I’m 3 weeks pp and as of now my son has only gained back just his birthweight! So he’s only 6lbs 8 ounces. His Dr is concerned and is having me supplement with.formula because I might have supply issues. I being a ftm and not doing my research did this for 2 days… Now after doing my research I’m not sure what to do. Kelli can you offer any advice or help or anyone really I’m desperate not to give up breastfeeding! Anyone that can help please feel free to email me at tswieder@gmail.com. thank you in advance!

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