I’m entering my 40th month – yes, 40th! – of breastfeeding, between all 3 of my children. There are tons of things I’ve learned along the way about how to nurse a baby and have a great experience breastfeeding, so I wanted to share a few of the little nuggets I’ve learned + the best breastfeeding advice from real moms to help you out as well.
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When I delivered my first baby (Quinn) I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding, aside from the fact that I wanted to try it. I set a goal to nurse for 6 months and, in the beginning, it was really hard. But I stuck with it and we lasted 14 months. With my second (Cooper), we nursed for 12 months. I’m approaching month 13 with Emmy and I’m not sure when we’ll stop.
There are tons of things I’ve learned along the way, one of which is how important the first 6 months of baby’s life is for autoimmune and metabolic development. Probiotics are EVERYWHERE these days and it’s so cool that we’re starting to better understand how gut health affects overall health in both babies and adults.
Basically, when good bacteria is present in the gut, it creates a strong, protective wall to crowd out the bad bacteria. There’s been a rise in medical procedures like c-sections (I had one with Quinn and the downside is that good bacteria passed during vaginal delivery just doesn’t happen with a cesarean) and antibiotics used during labor (extremely important!) that have wiped out both bad bacteria and hurt the presence of good bacteria. In a study with University of California, babies given Evivo saw an 80% reduction in potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli, clostridia, Staph and Strep. That’s nuts. Bad bacteria in baby’s gut is linked to a higher risk of autoimmune and metabolic issues like colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity later in life – I would do anything to help my babe avoid struggling with any of those issues. You just mix in the Evivo with breastmilk and give it to baby daily – so easy! I’m (obviously) not a medical professional so please ask your pediatrician if you have any questions :).
And here are other little knowledge bombs you need to know if you’re a nursing mom (or mom-to-be!):
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