July 01, 2010 — TLC for Your Family #17 – Breastfeeding and New Web Pages

TLC for Your Family #17 – Breastfeeding and New Web Pages
July 01, 2010

Hi,

It wasn’t until that moment of first breastfeeding latch-on that I realized just important I was really going to be to my child. I simultaneously experienced a surge of intense excitement and sobering responsibility. I was everything to this fragile new life!

It was amazing to mean this much to another human being, yet I found breastfeeding excruciatingly painful and logistically challenging at first.

I had surprisingly sensitive nipples for the first six months, even with an otherwise workable latch. Not that I could get an otherwise workable latch, at least not until I got help. By the time I saw a lactation consultant for that help I was nearly delirious with despair.

The lack of sleep didn’t help. Within a week or two of my first son’s birth, we discovered he was “colicky.” He would start crying at about 2:00 pm and rarely stop until about 2:00 am, even with constant presence, care, and on-demand breastfeeding.

Fast forward through all that though, and I can honestly look back on my ten years of breastfeeding (so far) as the vital core of the beautiful nurturing relationships I have forged with each of my two precious sons. One nursed to four and a half, and the other is still breastfeeding (periodically) at six.

Breastfeeding at six? How can this be, you ask?

You would not be alone in asking that question. The only reassurance I personally needed was my instinctive reaction to my six year old’s continued desire to breastfeed, and a bit of supportive research I had done. My mother-in-law, however, needed more information to have confidence in our choice.

Once I heard about my mother-in-law’s concerns, I began researching in earnest. What I found left me profoundly grateful that I had trusted my instincts.

I was stunned by the benefits of extended breastfeeding and child-led weaning, and the dangers of weaning before a child decides he’s ready. You can read all about what I found at my new Extended Breastfeeding page.

The research that led me to draft that page soon led me to draft more and more of them, and ultimately the entire batch of breastfeeding pages I had long wanted to add to my website!

You can find links to all these new pages by visiting my Breastfeeding Questions and Answers page. The pages linked from that page are:

  • The Benefits of Breastfeeding: There are more benefits from breastfeeding than I ever imagined when I began my research, let alone when I began breastfeeding. And I’ve compiled them all here. Enjoy!
  • Extended Breastfeeding: Read all about the benefits of extended breastfeeding here. I originally began compiling this research to help a relative understand the benefits of my son still breastfeeding at age six. Expect to be amazed!
  • Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions: Your source for help with everything from sore nipples, to emotional support, from thrush, to nighttime breastfeeding, and from coping with criticism, to getting things done while breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding in Public: How to honor your child’s need to breastfeed, and your right to breastfeed on demand without shame. Legal, communication, and privacy tips for breastfeeding in public.
  • The Gift of Tandem Nursing: Get answers to your breastfeeding questions about tandem nursing. Learn about the benefits and logistics of continuing to breastfeed your current nursling, even as you start breastfeeding your new one. Also get help talking about tandem nursing with others.
  • When and How to Stop Breastfeeding: This is your page whether you believe you want to stop breastfeeding, you are just wondering if you "should" be weaning by now, or you think want to continue, but need help with problems you're having.
  • Breastfeeding Diet: Here’s the specific breastfeeding diet I’ve followed for about seven years as a breastfeeding mom. My kids are healthy, I feel great, and I lost fifty extra pounds too!
  • Breastfeeding Weight Loss: Did you know that breastfeeding can actually help you lose weight? And you can likely lose even more, in a healthy way, with this breastfeeding weight loss plan that helped me lose fifty pounds.
  • Breastfeeding During Pregnancy: Have breastfeeding questions about breastfeeding during pregnancy? Find reassurance about the safety and benefits of breastfeeding during pregnancy, as well as help with any specific challenges you might be having.
  • Handling Breastfeeding Criticism and Communicating About Breastfeeding: Whether you’re a breastfeeding mom, or someone who doesn’t understand why a mom is breastfeeding, this page can help you get clarity, and communicate about breastfeeding in a peaceful, empowered way.
  • Your Breastfeeding Toddler: If you have questions about your breastfeeding toddler, visit this page to get support and learn about the benefits, how to peacefully talk to others about it, and how to solve related challenges.
  • Breastfeeding Older Children: Whether you’re breastfeeding an older child, or know someone who is, this page is for you! Get information about breastfeeding older children, and help communicating about the topic.

I hope you enjoy these pages! In any event, until next time, I wish you and yours “Happy Family-ing.”

Warmly,
Tiffany L. Clark
Family Communication Instructor,
Family Lawyer-Mediator,
and Family-Life and Parenting Coach
www.family-life-possibilities.com
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