As you prepare for the arrival of your new baby, it is important to address the needs and practices associated with infant feeding. For many women, the option to breast feed is still a bonding experience that is taken very seriously, despite the fact that many women opt for formula and bottle feeding.
When considering your options for infant feeding, if you choose to breast feed, early education in the health and practice of breastfeeding is important to the success of the feeding ritual. While breast feeding offers an excellent health and bonding experience between mother and baby, it can be an adverse and stressful time when proper technique and health are not maintained.
Your mother, or your mother-in-law, may play a vital role in your education and success with breastfeeding. Often, the experience and an attitude of success, your own personal maternal role mode may be the one person who is key in making your breast feeding experiences a success. Often, when struggling with the breastfeeding experience, you may find your mother, or mother-in-law, will provide more support than any healthcare professional could ever provide.
To support the efforts of breastfeeding, however, it is important to also remember that your mother, or mother-in-law, may not be current on the latest health issues associated with breastfeeding. Therefore, during your pregnancy, if you choose to breast feed your baby, it is important to not only seek the guidance from your maternal role models, but also provide education and support to them as well. By incorporating, or including, your maternal role model, you can engage in healthier practices of breastfeeding, relying upon your maternal role model for the right kind of support.
In families where grandmothers support the mother in the breastfeeding role, offering advice, guidance and education, there is a tendency for the mother to breastfeed longer than would have occurred without the grandmother’s support. In programs or community organizations, such as La Leche, many support groups incorporate both the pregnant mother-to-be as well as her maternal role model. If you are seeking such guidance, ask your local community breast feeding organization about this collaborative approach.
Breast feeding is a healthy bonding time between mom and baby. While many infant formulas provide excellent nutrition to an infant, and many women are opting to bottle feed, there are some who enjoy breast feeding. While breastfeeding can be a challenge for some infants, the proper support of not only a healthcare professional but also a maternal role model, can have profound impact on the success and health of this feeding plan for your baby. Planning for this experience during pregnancy is important to the final outcome.