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Reasons to be proud!
« on: June 04, 2008, 20:25:44 pm »
I don't usually post on this board as my boys are all done and dusted with breastfeeding - far too soon for my liking :(. I've noticed a few other threads about having to stop BF, and people feeling sad about it, so I'm going to post what helped me when I had to stop. It's from an information leaflet from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), and it tells you the benefits of breastfeeding for both mum and baby - whether you just manage one feed, or carry on for 2 years+, you should be proud that you have given baby the best start in life  :)

Reasons To Be Proud

First Feed:
For baby - helps to stabilise baby’s blood sugars and protect baby’s gut.
For mother - a great opportunity for the first skin-to-skin cuddle.

1 Day:
For baby - the antibodies in mother’s colostrum provide natural immunity from infection. 
For mother - helps womb to contract to normal size.

2-3 Days:
For baby - sticky black meconium is cleared more readily from baby’s bowel. 
For mother - instant relief for hot, swollen breasts when milk comes in.

1 Week:
For baby - transition to world outside womb is eased. 
For mother - frequent feeds mean time to sit or lie down and for you to get to know each other.

2 weeks:
For baby - food & drink always ready at the right temperature, adapting to the baby’s needs. 
For mother - hormones help you to get back to sleep after night feeds.

4 weeks:
For premature babies - lower risk factors for heart disease in later life. 
For mother - saves time sterilising and making up bottles.

6 weeks:
For baby - half the risk of chest infections now and up to 7 years old.
For mother: Breastfeeding likely to be easier and you can go out and about without bottle feeding equipment.

2 months:
For baby - lower risk of food allergy at 3 years old if breastfed only.
For mother - reduced risk of ovarian cancer in later life.

3 months:
For baby - five times less likely to get diarrhoea now and a reduced risk for the whole year.
For mother - fewer visits to gp as baby is less often ill.

4 months:

For baby - Half the risk of ear infections.  Less risk of asthma now and protection continues for up to 6 years.
For mother - feeling of empowerment at having been solely responsible for growing your baby for 4 months.

5 months:
For baby - five times lower risk of urinary tract infections.
For mother - a lovely way to reconnect with the baby if you go to work.

6 months:
For baby - lower risk of eczema now and up to three years old.
For mother - less risk of osteoporosis in the long term.

1 year:

For baby - three times less risk of becoming obese by age six and a lower risk of heart disease as an adult.
For mother - no need to buy formula milk at all saving at least £450 this year.

2 years:
For baby - likely to have higher average scores in intelligence tests.
For mother - expect fewer visits to orthodontist when baby is a teenager.  Risk of breast cancer reduced by 8%.

 :) :)

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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008, 20:32:28 pm »
I was devastated when we had to stop at 6 months, so thank you :-*
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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008, 20:56:53 pm »
That made me cry!  ::)
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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008, 21:14:06 pm »
Thank you Sharon.  I used to think that I would be done at 6 mos but now I'm willing to continue as long as ds wants me (or them ;) ).


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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2008, 21:31:03 pm »
Thats really lovely, i was feeling a bit down this evening (other issues) and that made me smile. Im over 6mths and looking on to a year. :0

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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008, 21:45:26 pm »
Thanks for this, did make me feel proud

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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008, 22:57:43 pm »
What a lovely post - it's brought a tear to my eye (but then since becoming a mum I cry at anything!)

I was originally aiming to BF for 6 months - but after learning that you can't give cows' milk til 12 months I've made that my new goal - as long as DD is happy to carry on.

Have just returned from a visit to MIL and she made some comment about my DD being a Mummy's Girl (she's textbook / touchy) and she said that BF babies tend to be more clingy - I really had to bite my tongue.

I'm so proud of myself - sometimes I just wish others were proud of me too - iykwim.

Thanks for making my day

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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008, 23:05:08 pm »
What a great reminder to us mommy's/mummy's.  Even 1 day has benefits so no more beating ourselves up when things don't go the way we've planned...okay!  :)

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008, 23:10:22 pm »
Im proud of you Berni. :)

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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008, 23:16:21 pm »
Thanks Kate  :-*

(you've just made me 'fill up' again - but in a good way!)

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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2008, 23:29:53 pm »
Thank you SO MUCH Sharon!!  That is fab!!





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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2008, 20:47:34 pm »
Mods - could we make this a sticky? Please? :-*


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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2008, 20:51:03 pm »
this is wonderful stuff!  and yes i think it should be a sticky!! 

Thank you Sharon....its brought a tear to my eye  :'(  :-*
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2008, 12:37:24 pm »
Interesting reading. I was so sad when my DS#1 stopped bfing at 6 months but I feel so much with what I now know I gave him lower risks of inlater life. My DD Bfed until I stopped her (she bit to hard and draw blood and bit a skin tag off) at 18 months  and now I am 8 days off my yr goal with DS#2 and I am so happy to continue until he wants to stop unless her does like my DD did then I will stop it. Thank you so much for making me feel proud. I have a friend has been trying to get me to but my DS#2 on formula as she said it would easier with me having 2 other children and now she is trying to tell me that he is too old for BF's but I keep telling her until she knows the facts about bfing then she can not tell me anything about what I should be doing with my baby. I might have to get this leaflet and next time she starts read it to her and say read it and weep. I am giving my baby what he needs for as long as he is happy to take it. Yeah us for every one that feels proud we should do especially with all the bad publiy we have had in the past

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Re: Reasons to be proud!
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2008, 19:51:21 pm »
Thanks Sharon :)
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