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7 Wonders of the Womb: Discover the Powers of the Amazing Uterus
By Kara Maria Ananda

"Every single human being that has ever been alive upon this planet, now and throughout all of history, has achieved this existence thanks to this very organ."

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We hope you enjoy the celebration of this amazing organ!  You will find the whole article HERE.
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Hugs, Not Judgment
By Jillian Gilchrest, Writer for CTWorkingMoms.com

It's so important for moms to create a network of support for one another. "Let's love more and judge less."

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Being a mom is all things exciting, overwhelming, joyful and exhausting. Amidst the many responsibilities, personalities and emotions, it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of it all and lose sight of just how amazing an experience it is. It also doesn't help when the way we mother is called into question and judged...You'll find the rest of this supportive article and the beautiful photos that go along with it HERE.
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That's right - the perfect holiday gift is here at Hypnobabies!
What could be better than an easier, more comfortable pregnancy and birth for Christmas or Chanukah?
Tell your friends, relatives and colleagues that Hypnobabies Gift Certificates are here!

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Expectant moms love Hypnobabies products and now they can get them from friends, relatives and co-workers. Hypnobabies Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any Hypnobabies products. Recipients can even redeem several Gift Certificates at one time, so family and friends can buy separate certificates to be applied to one large purchase.
 
 Let them choose their own gift with our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, to help enjoy an easier pregnancy with our Easy Pregnancy MP3 Set - 6 Hypnobabies audio tracks for $45.95!
 
Is her heart set on a natural birth? The perfect gift for her this year is our Hypnobabies Home Study Course, and we also have individual MP3 tracks for specific pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, successful breastfeeding, avoiding and early labor and getting labor started!
 
New moms also love our Comfort and Calm for the New Mother MP3 Set, which allows mothers to sleep better, breastfeed easier and feel more confident as they begin their new-baby journey!
 
Are you a birth professional or know one that would love to receive our Hypno-Doula Bundle? Our Hypnobabies Gift Certificatescan be purchased in any amount and redeemed for any products.
 
Tell everyone you know this holiday season about our Hypnobabies Gift Certificates, and make someone's Hypnobabies dreams come true!
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8 Secrets to a Happier and Healthier Pregnancy
By Rhoda Jordan

These are some great tips...we are sharing a few of our favorites and of course Hypnobabies would add to the list that Women who practice childbirth hypnosis are more comfortable and sleep better in the last trimester ~

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"As our bodies do the work of creating precious life, we may become uneasy or overwhelmed at times. So it's up to us to take care of ourselves, and do what makes us feel good."

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Make time to connect with your baby.


Make it a daily ritual to check in with the tiny miracle growing inside you. Sing to your baby. Talk about all the things you'll do together. Play music toward your belly. Breathe and connect to your baby through meditation. Whatever makes you feel happy and connected, do it! Creating that bond with the baby early on will not only pay off over the course of his or her lifetime, but will give your days a dose of joy and stability.

Nurture positive thoughts about your pregnancy, and your upcoming labor and delivery.

Focus, always, on delivering a happy and healthy baby! Worrying about what can go wrong is a waste of energy. So keep your eye on the ball. Cultivate visions of all going right. Keep your focus on that moment when you get to hold that beautiful baby in your arms for the first time. Keep that vision strong and alive, not only in your mind, but in your heart, as well.

To read all 8 tips please click HERE.



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Too Many C-Sections: Docs Rethink Induced Labor
By Tiffany O'Callaghan

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The rise in cesarean-section deliveries in recent years has been characterized by some as a key indication of the overmedicalization of childbirth. While the procedure undoubtedly saves lives and leads to better health outcomes for mothers and infants who face problems during pregnancy and labor, many experts say the procedure is being performed too often, and in many cases for nonmedical reasons, putting healthy women and babies at undue risk of complications of major surgery.

The use of labor induction in the U.S. has risen from less than 10% of deliveries to more than 22%, between 1990 and 2006, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and research suggests that induced labor results in C-sections more often than natural labor. A study published in the July issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that among more than 7,800 women giving birth for the first time, those whose labor was induced were twice as likely to have a C-section delivery as those who experienced spontaneous labor. You can read the entire article HERE.


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Fantastic Video Interview With Breastfeeding Expert Jack Newman

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From Progressive Parenting Network

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Two-time Hypnobabies Home-Study Mom Relates Both Her Babies’ Birth Stories!

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"If you could describe a birthing time as easy, I believe this would be it. It was perfect!"
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I have used Hypnobabies with both of my sons and I have LOVED the program. I did the Home study course for both births.
My first son was a successful [vaginal] Breech birth. I had a horrible experience during my pregnancy with a Doctor who was not supportive of my choice for a natural birth and who never volunteered information. He didn’t tell me my baby was breech until I asked what position he was in (at about 30 weeks) and when I asked him what I could do to get the baby turned, his response was “We’ll just wait and see what happens. If he doesn’t turn, we’ll do a C-Section”.
It was then that I realized I needed to take control of my pregnancy and, in my search to learn what I could do to get my baby to turn, I found the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program (at 32 weeks). I tried EVERYTHING in the book to get him to turn! I would feel him rotate a little and then go right back. On my due date I went in for an appointment and my Doctor made me schedule a C-Section around his vacation. That was the last straw. I fired him and found a new provider that would be supportive of the birth I wanted. It was then that I learned that my baby couldn’t turn because I had extremely low amniotic fluid. I also learned that my hematocrit was so low that if I had undergone surgery, I potentially would have died from blood loss.
My sweet little one made his appearance at 40 weeks 5 days. My “water broke” at hour 4 and he was born at hour 23 – both of us healthy and happy. My providers did not have much experience with the Hypnobabies program and they were all amazed at how relaxed and peaceful I was due to my childbirth hypnosis practice during the entire process. Because I wasn’t making a bunch of noise, they were worried I wasn’t progressing at all. But everytime they checked, I had progressed. It was 23 hours of hard work – mentally and physically – but it was completely worth it!
Second Hypno-Baby’s birth:
My second son was born 7 weeks ago in the comfort of our home. I began having mild pressure waves at 11pm. I would have been able to sleep through them for the most part, except that my 2 year old was sick so I was up with him a lot of the night. For the next 20 hours, I consistently had a pressure wave that would last for only 20 to 30 seconds and came every 15 to 30 minutes. By that standard, it was not considered “active labor.”
I had called my mom and midwife in the morning to let them know that I thought the baby would be coming that day, but I told them to hold off on coming until my pressure waves progressed. My husband and I went about our usual daily activities. At about 3pm, the timing of my waves had still not changed – although the pressure seamed to be greater – so we decided to go for a walk to try to get things moving along. I would just stop to relax and enter eyes-open childbirth hypnosis (while standing) every time a pressure wave would come.
When we got back I was extremely frustrated that nothing had changed, so I called my midwife and asked her what to do. I had a pressure wave while on the phone with her and it was so short that she said my waves sounded more like a Charlie Horse than pressure waves. She volunteered to come to my house and help me either get things progressing, or stop them. And she was really thinking that they would stop altogether when I got in the pool. However, when she got to my house – around 7pm – she checked me and I was 8 cm dilated, and 90% effaced!
So she got me in the pool and then things picked up right away. I spent the rest of the time in the pool – choosing for myself when and how to change positions. I did a lot of kneeling and squatting to utilize gravity. At 11:30pm my midwife asked if the pressure waves were intense (she couldn’t tell because I was so relaxed and deeply in hypnosis) and I said yes – that they were almost constant and I believed I was in transformation.
She asked if I wanted her to break my water. I felt like I could get him here fast if my waters would just break so I said yes. She did and I immediately had the urge to push. He was in my arms a short 14 minutes later – again, both of us perfectly healthy and happy. He was born in the pool, with my husband in the pool to catch him. It was wonderful.
So, my total birthing time was 25 hours, but only 4 hours of it felt like “active labor”. I am positive that I was able to progress so much throughout the day, despite the pressure waves being short and spread out, because of my hypnosis, relaxation and visualization. I tried to stay upright as much as possible, to let gravity to do the work, and with each wave a visualized my cervix opening and my baby moving down. That, and “mooing” were the things that were most helpful for me with this birth.
With my first baby, my most utilized Hypnobabies tool was creating anesthesia. So my focus for each birth changed based on what I felt I needed.
My midwives said that this second birth is one of the smoothest births they have ever seen. They were both extremely excited about how great it went and have both blogged about it. If you could describe a birthing time as easy, I believe this would be it. It was perfect! I recommend the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program to every expectant mother I know!
Hypnobabies thanks Laurie Brown for sharing her stories with us!
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Beautiful Video Shows What Home Birth Really Looks Like

Such a wonderful video capturing the incredible peacefulness of home birth! Home births can be filled with love, happiness and lots of excited children.

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Home Birth After Hospital Birth: Women’s Choices and Reflections – A Research Review by Jessica English
By Jessica English, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA)

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The number of US women choosing home birth is increasing. Little is known about women who choose home birth after having experienced hospital birth; therefore, the purpose of this research was to explore reasons why these women choose home birth and their perceptions regarding their birth experiences.
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Some Key Findings: Women’s Choices and Reflections

To summarize, five recurring themes were identified from the women’s reflections on both their hospital and home births: choices and empowerment; intervention and interruptions; disrespect and dismissal; birth space; and connection.

Choices and empowerment. The women in our groups reported that with their hospital births they felt they did not actually have much choice in the direction of their care. Although a few women in the study had generally positive hospital experiences, most reported feelings of disempowerment and limited choices associated with their hospital birth and more meaningful choices and feelings of empowerment with their home births. Read the rest of this article HERE.
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Bringing Birth Back The Rise of Cesareans And The Movement To Safely Prevent Them
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Thank you to Linda Harris for allowing us to share this informative infographic.

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New Studies Confirm Safety of Home Birth With Midwives in the U.S.
by Geradine Simkins, CNM, MSN, Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America

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Home Birth is a safe option for low-risk mothers.

"Of particular note is a cesarean rate of 5.2%, a remarkably low rate when compared to the U.S. national average of 31% for full-term pregnancies. When we consider the well-known health consequences of a cesarean -- not to mention the exponentially higher costs -- this study brings a fresh reminder of the benefits of midwife-led care outside of our overburdened hospital system."
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This study, which examines nearly 17,000 courses of midwife-led care, is the largest analysis of planned home birth in the U.S. ever published.

The results of this study, and those of its companion article about the development of the MANA Stats registry, confirm the safety and overwhelmingly positive health benefits for low-risk mothers and babies who choose to birth at home with a midwife.  Read the rest of this article HERE.
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How Attachment Parenting Produces Independent Kids
by Zoe Claire

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baby and mom 6-2"Children are in our care for a limited amount of time generally spanning two decades. During that time, their needs change drastically, yet gradually from year to year. I’ve always found it odd that the principles of attachment parenting are criticized as promoting dependence in children when, if you analyze the proper development of independence in childhood, the attachment style would be considered the ideal method for raising competent adults."

Find out more about the benefits of attachment parenting HERE.
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Successful Version at 39 Weeks

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See how this mom successfully uses her Hypnobabies techniques for something other than her birthing time.
123 Headphones Mom 8 Head BackI am very happy to report that after our baby being breech since they'd started checking at about 33 weeks, that we finally decided to try for the version at 39 weeks and it worked! We have ourselves a head down baby and are ready to await her arrival! So it CAN be done even this late in the game. Yesterday's ultrasound showed nothing was blocking her way, butt was not wedged in the pelvis, etc. She was really sort of transverse but because her butt was down on my left side they called her a true breech.

Normally they don't wait this long to try it (about 36 or 37 weeks is optimal), but we just kept thinking she'd turn on her own and so we didn't push the issue.

My OB was willing to try it even though different midwives had already mentioned a couple of times scheduling me for a c-section at 39 weeks, but we just politely held our ground and let anyone who mentioned this know that we were not interested. Our doctor was thankfully never pushy in the least! I have really gained a respect for her, especially after today.

She was extremely gentle and here comes the good part with Hypnobabies! The whole process from check-in, to celebrate baby head-down, took under two hours. They put me in a gown and put the hep lock in and chastised me gently for having eaten and drank that morning. I knew I was not supposed to but also knew it would be harder to relax if I was hungry and thirsty! They asked me 20 (more like 50) questions while I had my Deepening track on and husband tried to answer some but I ended up just using my Center switch so I could answer. It was easier. They took heart rate and blood pressure and hooked up the fetal monitor. My blood pressure was a little high and my heart rate was elevated although I assured them my heart rate is always fast. That's normal for me. But I was in fact having trouble relaxing to Deepening, which is weird because it always puts me out like a light when I'm at home. (This experience turned out to be excellent practice for my birthing time!)

So I listened to Deepening again while we waited for the doctor. In between the beeping and people coming in and out, it was still hard to relax. My wonderful Hypnobabies-doula arrived and it was so comforting to have her there with my husband as he held my hand, and they chatted and laughed quietly and that was really comforting. She is a licensed massage therapist! Boy that was a God-send. I decided to lie on my side and was instantly able to become more relaxed, and she worked wonders on my back and shoulders. Then my heart rate and blood pressure were back down for sure! I was definitely much deeper then, and went in Center as they had me flip back on my back to do the ultrasound.

When she was performing the version, I put on the Turn Your Breech Baby track and it was perfect, helping me remember to relax all the muscles around the baby. And I just kept talking to baby and telling her that she was a good girl and we could do this together! And my doula was encouraging me and telling me how great I was doing, and my husband was holding my hand, and it was all so comforting. And 2 minutes later they confirmed with ultrasound that she was head down! What an amazing feeling of relief! My doula had not yet seen a successful version before, but also said that she had not seen a mom this relaxed! I am so proud of us and Hypnobabies.

Just goes to show that it CAN work, even at 39 weeks! Here are some things about the situation that would make many people doubtful, and that Hypnobabies helped me overcome:

-I am a first-time mom (45% success rate when tried at 36-37 weeks for first-time moms. Not sure how far this drops when tried later. 65% for subsequent pregnancies)
-Told by negative midwife that "we don't recommend them for first-time moms because they don't work"
-Told by another negative midwife, just before the procedure this morning, that she's thought all along that the baby was "stuck" and she didn't think this would work, and told my husband later that she'd probably flip right back! Gee, thanks!

I hope this story encourages other moms who may be going through something similar. Mamas with breech babies do not have to rush to schedule a c-section!
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What Not To Say To Someone Who Wants A Natural Birth
by Gabrielle Volkmer
ICEA Birth Educator, Blogger and Community Organizer. See more of her writing on TheBirthingSite.com and her blog, BirthBeyondBias.com

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We here at Hypnobabies always wonder why it is that people feel the need to say negative things or share horrible birth stories with pregnant women.
iStock MomandDoulaSofa1-300x225"You won't be able to do it, so just save yourself the disappointment and stop trying to be a superhero."

"Yeah, tell me how that goes."

"All first time moms say that."

"What? Why? Are you stupid or something?"

"If you think having a natural birth makes you a better parent you need to get over yourself."

"Why would anyone want to do that when you could just have a C-section and be in and out?"


"So why do people think it's ok to criticize and viciously attack women who choose to pursue a natural birth? Why are women who choose natural birth seen as crazy, reckless, or "hippies"? This has to stop. Judgment needs to disappear from the birth world. Attacking others for their choices, natural or medical, will never change their minds. Rather, it will breed anger and resentment. It's high time people everywhere began to realize that. It's time women started supporting each other. It's time to open a dialogue about issues that people don't see eye to eye on." Read the rest of this article HERE.
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"I have no doubt that I have experienced the most miraculous and perfect thing that I ever will in my entire life! My twin's birth was amazing on so many levels and I want to share my story.  I chose to use the Hypnobabies method to be able to birth my twins naturally."
TwinsThrough my dear friend Rachel and some spiritual promptings, I stumbled upon a Hypnobabies class taught by Talya Matheson. Hypnobabies teaches self hypnosis to re-wire the way we view birthing to a very positive thing and it teaches deep relaxation and how to use hyono-anesthesia. It also teaches very detailed and accurate information on the birth process and what our bodies can do! I soaked up every ounce of information like a sponge...it was exactly what I wanted to hear and it felt good! By the end of the course, I was craving a natural birth and had so much confidence in myself and my body! Thank you Talya!
I finished the classes and had about a month to practice my techniques and get my birth team together. I hired Talya as my Doula and Jordan stayed by my side with all of my decisions. I was so excited to see what my birth story would be like! So without further ado..
Thursday started off as a normal day... Sleepy, uncomfortable, and excited that I was one day further. I was 35 weeks and a few days. I had a doctors appointment to go to that I went to with my mom. The doctor said that the babies looked really good! Both head down and cooperating completely. He even made the comment, "they could be born tomorrow and probably be just fine!" Heh heh... We went to lunch right after and while we were eating I noticed I felt a little crampy. I had had these feelings before and they didn't hurt at all and they didn't seem to be coming and going... Just kind of a general feeling. I usually felt that way when the babies were growing and my uterus was stretching so I just figured they were getting bigger.
That night I had a huge dinner packed with protein and carbs and I had the thought, "this would be a good meal to eat right before I went into my birthing time" heh heh... Please see the rest of this fantastic birth story HERE.
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Here we see Beth in "Transformation", very comfortable, her hubby reading hypnosis scripts. She shares what she was feeling and the reactions of the birth professionals around her as she gave birth easily in the hospital with Hypnobabies.

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Beth arrives at her hospital at 5 cm dilated, very comfortable, feeling "ridiculous" because it is so easy that she can't believe she's really in her birthing time: "This is too easy!" She shares that she had to fake not being able to talk when she arrived so the nurses would believe that she needed to be checked
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25 Things to Do With Baby 
By Jennifer L.W. Fink

Baby is here...Now what do I do? Here are some great ideas on playing with your itsy-bitsy!

mom baby reading2You know it’s important to play with your baby -- the right kind of play isn’t just fun, it’s also interesting, educational and a bonding experience. But figuring out how to interact with a scrunched-up newborn and how to happily occupy an unruly 14-month-old are their own unique challenges. That’s why we came up with this handy guide, covering activities for babies (and toddlers) from birth to age two.

Just one thing before you read: Babies develop at different rates. If your baby doesn’t seem ready for a certain activity, try it again in a month or two. Know that all babies are different. Your baby also could downright hate an activity we suggest. That’s normal! Feel free to improvise (and leave your suggestions in the comments!).

0 months: Swing time
Don't break out the baby swing just yet. (And definitely stay away from playground swings for now!) Until baby gets better head control, try folding a bedsheet in half (twin or queen-size sheets work best) and then lay it on the ground and place your baby in the middle. With an adult positioned at either end, pick up the ends of the bedsheet until baby is off the ground. Make sure baby is safely and securely resting inside and no parts of the sheet are covering her nose or mouth. “Swing the baby slowly to watch for her reaction,” says Kimberly Lyons, MEd, CMT, founder and owner of Tum e Time, a baby play center in San Francisco. “If your baby enjoys it, try singing a lullaby as she relaxes in the hammock.”

This activity can help your baby build strong bones and muscles -- and just may soothe a fussy baby to sleep! Just be careful to swing gently and safely!

1 month: Wear your baby
Babies love skin-to-skin contact, but you can’t just sit and cuddle all day. A baby carrier, such as a ring sling or a strap-on front carrier, lets your baby snuggle in close while freeing up your hands. Wearing your baby also provides him with a wealth of stimulation. “Wearing babies allows them to see what you see and begin to make sense of the world as you wear them while you work, clean and run errands,” says Bethany Gonzalez Moreno, founder of B. EcoChic, a company that helps parents find eco-friendly baby products.

Young babies should be worn facing inward, not outward, to avoid overstimulation and so their heads have proper support. Make sure baby has plenty of room to breathe while you're carrying him.  You can find the rest of these great ideas HERE.
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12 Tips To Help You Your Baby’s ‘Witching Hour’
by Belly Belly

Here are some helpful tips if your little one gets fussy!

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Crying Baby 2"Ah, newborn babies. As soon as you announce the pregnancy, people are tripping over themselves to talk to you about that lovely baby smell, those tiny bottoms, and how lovely it is when babies grip your finger. But no-one ever mentions the witching hour, do they?" 

As you desperately try to soothe your child to no avail, you may find your mamma confidence dwindling, try the following tips to help you cope with the witching hour...See all 12 of these useful tips HERE.

Witching Hour Tip #2: Remember This Isn’t Your Fault

One of the most important things you can do to survive the witching hour, is to keep your cool. The witching hour is normal, lots of babies find it difficult to settle in the evening, and there are thousands of other new mammas going through this exact thing this very moment. Remember, you haven’t done anything wrong, you’re not a terrible mother, and this is normal. Repeat as necessary.

 See all 12 of these helpful tips HERE.
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Blokes, Boobs & Breastfeeding – Dads, Your Support Is Crucial

By David Vernon
Editor, With Women (2007), Men at Birth (2006) and Having a Great Birth in Australia (2005)

Do you know the #1 reason for women giving up on breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding infantMen, here’s a quick quiz for you. What is the biggest cause of women giving up breastfeeding?

a) The pain of cracked nipples?
b) The constant demand for feeding from the baby?
c) Leaking breasts?
d) Difficulty in getting the baby to ‘latch on’ and obtain adequate milk?
e) None of the above?

Very few of the men who attend my parenting seminars get the correct answer. The answer is ‘e’.

While cracked nipples, feeding demands, leaking breasts and problems with ‘latching on’ can all take their toll and make feeding difficult in the early days, the vast majority of women can work through these problems and feed successfully and enjoyably within a few weeks.

Sadly, and often surprisingly for the men to whom I give the above question, the correct answer is that “Men [unsupportive of breastfeeding] are the biggest cause of women giving up breastfeeding.”

There is a significant amount of research indicating that where men are not supportive of breastfeeding, absolute breastfeeding rates are lower, and women who do breastfeed wean their babies earlier. So how could this be? Why are men the cause?
Men Want To Do Something… Anything!  You will find the rest of this great article HERE.
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