Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Tips for Breastfeeding Six Months and Beyond

on July 21, 2014

The World Health Organization and the Canadian Pediatric Society both promote the goal of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding with the addition of solid foods for the first year or longer. Here are five tips that make reaching those breastfeeding goals easier.

1) Find support: Most Canadian mothers plan to breastfeed and start out breastfeeding but very few have much experience with seeing breastfeeding in action before their own baby arrives. It is helpful to have been around other mothers who are breastfeeding so that you have a visual picture of what should be happening and someone to talk to when you have questions. La Leche League Groups are a great place to find your supportive circle.

La Leche League group meeting

La Leche League group meeting

 

 

2) Learn to breastfeed in public: You might not want to breastfeed in public places in the early weeks while you and baby are getting the hang of it but eventually you will want to leave the house. Knowing that you can feed your baby anywhere anytime makes life easier. Lots of mothers have their first experience breastfeeding outside of their own family circle while attending a La Leche League meeting. What better place could there be to test your public breastfeeding wings?

3) Limit the use of bottles and pacifiers: Some babies can go back and forth and they have no problems however research has shown that getting sucking needs met somewhere other than the breast is a risk factor for early weaning.

4) Find ways to involve your partner or the other adults in your child’s life: One of the most common reasons new mothers give for pumping milk is so that someone else can feed the baby with a bottle. Frequent bottles however can lead to early weaning so finding other ways for the other important adults in baby’s life to connect with the baby is crucial. Other people can do everything with baby other than breastfeed. This doesn’t mean leaving them with dirty diaper duty only. Bath time, infant massage and carrying baby in an infant carrier are all things that involve skin-to-skin contact and special time together.

Dad Care

 

 

5)Breastfeed for comfort: Some mothers worry that offering the breast for comfort when baby is upset leads children towards being unable to self-soothe when they are older. Strong attachment to the primary parent is normal and turning to that parent for comfort is what human infants do. Children who turn to a toy or blanket for self-soothing tend to stop needing this object around four years old. Children who turn to their mother for comfort also tend to decrease this behaviour around the same time. This makes it clear that the need for a comfort object normally diminishes in the fourth year regardless of whether the comfort object is mother or a stuffed bunny.

by Fiona Audy, La Leche League Canada Leader

http://www.lllc.ca/thursday-tip-five-tips-breastfeeding-six-months-or-beyond-0

 

If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group or Internationally http://www.llli.org/

 

 

 

 

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