Under Attack: The Benefits of Breastfeeding

I appreciate the idea that we have to question our beliefs and challenge our assumptions. I, like many people wish that the best things for my children were also the easiest most attainable things. I longed for my sleep when breastfeeding, and I am still longing for it almost six months after weaning my 3rd and last child. I wish that the incredibly yummy frozen, microwaveable mac & cheese from Trader Joe’s was a well balanced meal. Then I wouldn’t have to feel guilty that in the absence of a school lunch program, this is what often finds its way into my kids lunch boxes.

Breastfeeding can be hard, but harder still is arguing that the benefits are overstated. But this is exactly what has been happening right now in the media. And I understand, it’s so easy to let one study that confirms our belief to become our guiding principle. But the benefits of breastfeeding have been shown in multiple studies. And, yes, sometimes that means doing the hardest thing is doing the best thing. But that doesn’t mean you should go it alone or suffer in silence.

Breastfeeding is good for babies and it can be hard on moms. Breastfeeding support is essential and comes in many forms. Peer groups like La Leche League, outpatient hospital clinics and lactation consultants can help moms who are struggling both emotionally and physically with breastfeeding. If you need help, reach out to the many available resources in our community. Help is here if you need it!

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