Friday, August 1, 2014
It's World Breastfeeding Week! http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org
During this week, there are many events promoting breastfeeding and celebrating the milestones we've accomplished on our breastfeeding journeys. Breastmilk has many benefits to both baby and mom. First of all, it's a living substance with white blood cells that fight infection and immunoglobulin that coats baby's digestive tract, keeping germs from penetrating that barrier, which also is helpful in preventing food allergies. Breastmilk has the perfect balance of vitamins and minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats and this is the reason why it's considered the optimum source of nutrition for baby. To see more about breastmilk composition, please visit www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/bmilk-composition/



Breastfeeding may not always be easy, and there may be complications that arise that prevent baby from directly feeding from the breast. I used to think that women who chose to exclusively pump were not very committed to breastfeeding. But I've come to learn that exclusive pumping IS breastfeeding. There are a multitude of factors that may cause latching to just not work. When my third baby refused to latch, I went through all the stages of grief, I felt heartbroken that I was unable to have this beautiful breastfeeding relationship that I desperately wanted. I thought at first it was me... but I didn't do anything wrong. I tried every trick, I did all I could do. I knew the best choice for my baby was for me to become an exclusive pumping mom. This road has been hard. Much, much harder than directly feeding from the breast in my opinion. Pumping is just a different way to get all that good stuff in. There should be more understanding that EPing is breastfeeding too.



This year for World Breastfeeding Week, let's recognize, support and give praise to ALL families who use breastmilk to feed their babes! I'm talking about Exclusive Pumping moms because we work so hard and are very dedicated. I'm lucky to be part of a wonderful group that's helped me become more efficient at pumping, the Exclusively Pumping Group on Facebook. I'm hoping this post will show everyone what it means to be an EPing mom. Thank you to all those who helped me on this little project! PUMPING MOMS ROCK!










Can you relate?  Please feel free to comment on what breastfeeding and/or pumping has meant to you! Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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