Parenting 101: Breastfeeding

Whether you are a new Mum-to-be trying to decide whether to breastfeed your baby or one who has already decided you’re going to breastfeed, these articles can help you along the journey of being a first-time mother.

Why Breastfeeding?

It’s good for baby and it’s good for you. If you want to know exactly why, here are all the details…

Tips for Breastfeeding

Although breastfeeding is the most natural mothering experience in the world, sad to say, it’s not exactly an instinctive thing. You don’t automatically know what to do and how to do it. No amount of information will be the same as having an experienced mother show you the ropes, but these articles will give you some tips that will help you along the way…

Extended Breastfeeding

The general guidelines for breastfeeding is to breastfeed exclusively (i.e. feeding breastmilk only) for your baby’s first 6 months, and to continue breastfeeding in combination with food supplements (solids and other liquids) up to the age of 1 year. There are recommendations to continue breastfeeding up to 2 years or more – this is extended breastfeeding. While there are many benefits to extended breastfeeding, it is unfortunate that many people are still squeamish about it.

Breastfeeding during pregnancy

If you’re pregnant with your second child, you may be wondering what to do about your older child who is still breastfeeding strongly. There is a misconception that you need to wean your older child, but really, you don’t. Here’s why…

Tandem Breastfeeding

What happens after your second baby is born? Unless you are mother to twins, breastfeeding two children at the same time may be a novel experience. How do you manage?

For more information on tandem nursing, Adventures in Tandem Nursing is a great book to read.

Further Resources:

  • KellyMom – this is one of the most informative sites I have found about breastfeeding.
  • LLL – La Leche League International is another breastfeeding site you should keep tabs on if you are planning to breastfeed your child. They published the book “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” which was one of my early parenting bibles.