Breastfeeding: What's Your Plan?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Breastfeeding: What's Your Plan?
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 10:48am

Break out the nursing bras! More moms are saying yes to the breast.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of women breastfeeding their babies increased from 70.3 percent to 74.6 percent between 2000 and 2008, while rates for women who breast-fed for six months rose from 34.5 percent to 44.4 percent, and breastfeeding for 12 months grew from 16 percent to 23.4 percent.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends "exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant."

What is your plan?  Will you be breastfeeding baby?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 10:54am

I fully plan to breastfeed baby.  I am a bit worried as I've read about many of the challenges I might face. However, I am really committed to making it work.  Hopefully I'm able to nurse exclusively for the first year (that's the plan!). 

~ Ashley ~

~ Expecting Our First in SEPTEMBER! ~

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Registered: 07-13-2001
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 7:23pm

Ditto what Ashley said!!

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 12:53pm
I'm attempting to breastfeed for at least 6 months and I've been pumping lots to keep my supply up. So far so good. I will say that it's a lot of work and it isn't easy! It's challenging to make sure that my baby latches properly and I had issues with a flat nipple that she had difficulty latching on once I started to get engorged. They set me up with a nipple shield for the flat nipple and we're now doing great, but it's still more challenging than I had thought it would be.