Thursday, June 28, 2007

Breastfeeding? Maybe there is nothing coming out

Since the start of my breastfeeding career, I have heard too much of the words 'Maybe there is nothing coming out'. It is extremely frustrating and demoralising to hear these words but at the same time, understandable that other people may think that way. Babies should not be fed to a schedule and I have stuck to this rule from Day 1. So, when Aaron asks for a feed just 30 mins after he's had one, its only logical that people think he didn't get enough the first time.

What they don't realise is that breastfeeding is not only for a baby's nutritional needs. Its also very much for a baby's emotional needs. Thats why the act of breastfeeding is also called NURSING. A baby may feed for comfort, to calm him/herself, just to be close to mom, to deal with frustrating situations, to soothe teething gums, to go to sleep, to deal with developmental milestones etc etc etc

So you see, it really is a multi purpose tool that a mother can use to nurture her child. I'm deaf to all comments saying that I'm spoiling him by feeding on demand.

3 comments:

k8 said...

hi! thanks for your comment. twins are indeed lovely but one is ALOT easier! :)

LVGurl said...

Oh, I know just what you're saying! I have friends down the street who swear by Babywise (parent-driven scheduling), and it's such a terrible thing! As if we know better than our babies when it's time to feed!? When they should or should not sleep.

Breastfeeding is exhausting in those early weeks, especially if you have a super-snacker. But you are so right, feeding on demand does not create helpless, spoiled children... just the opposite. They know that they are loved and that their needs are met!

Damselfly said...

I agree. I read something that said if you ask adults how frequently they put something in their mouths, they say anywhere from every 30 minutes to every two hours. So babies may feel the same way....but I guess they left babies out of the poll. ;)