They have to keep replacing the seats. Stadiums, opera houses and theaters all across America have found that patrons won't keep coming unless they make room for them - room in the seats, that is. In the United States, obesity is increasing at an epidemic rate.
Days and nights we stayed up in the bracken pile, curled around one another, while I gave suck and licked and settled squabbles. They fed and slept and fed and squabbled, and I watched their small, sleek bodies plumping up with milk. Their eyes were shut, their small heads pushed into my flank, muzzles butting, jaws working hard in the rhythm of life, which is, at first, no more than suck and swallow.
From Fire, Bed & Bone, Henrietta Branford, Candlewick Press, 1998
Human milk contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and trace elements. So does infant formula. But the bioavailability (the amount of a nutrient that the body can actually absorb) of the nutrients in each fluid differs markedly.
When my son was a six month-old, we had a big flood and lost power for two or three days. Trees were down so you couldn't get anywhere and none of the stores were open because they didn't have power.
Much rhetoric that exists stating that a newborn instinctively knows how to eat. That's bull! While you are learning to nurse your baby, he's learning the process of nursing. You both will have a learning curve that will be roughest the first initial days and nights of nursing- but you both are still learning.
Niesha, a young mother in Arizona, was nursing her three-week-old son in the baby department of a large discount store when the manager politely asked her to nurse in the bathroom because there were male customers who were their with their wives.
It's easy to think that if we are doing the best thing for our family, that gives us the right to know what's right for other families, as well. So when parents make different choices from our own, it can be hard to avoid thinking that those choices are somehow inferior...
If you're expecting a baby you've undoubtedly heard that "breast is best." Breastfed babies are healthier. They are less likely to have diarrhea, suffer from ear infections, develop allergies. They have better immune systems, better protection against SIDS, and are less likely to need braces, become obese, or develop certain childhood cancers.
Many factors likely influence your decision to nurse, how you go about establishing and maintaining your nursing relationship, and how long you keep going. Even if you assert that you are not influenced by others' opinions...
A growing body of research reveals profound connections between a woman's birth experience and her ability to get breastfeeding off to a good start. But if you think of putting your baby to your breast as the fourth stage of labor it can help you visualize this connection.