If you are pregnant, the chances are that you have thought about feeding your baby once he or she is born. Those who would like to breastfeed but are not sure that this is a realistic goal can relax. Around 99 percent of all new mothers can breastfeed their newborns without problems. If you are curious what breastfeeding is really like, I am happy to share my own experiences with you. I have been breastfeeding for four years now. My older daughter breastfeed for nearly two years, and my son, who is 20 months old, is still nursing.
The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding on demand for six months, and breastfeeding alongside solid foods for two years, and that is what I choose to do. For those who are a little tired of the "breast is best" campaign, because after all, we do know that human milk is the best food for human babies, I will approach breastfeeding from a mother's point of view. Breastfeeding means that you always have food for your baby, and never run out. It means that you can easily need your baby's most important need anywhere, and any time.
Breastfeeding means no cleaning bottles and sterilizing them, and no having to run to the store for formula. It also means not having to get up in the middle of the night to prepare bottles, and not having to lug formula-feeding supplies around with you wherever you go. Breastfeeding means getting more sleep during the night, because all you have to do is put your baby to your breast. And finally, breastfeeding also means that you do not have to worry about how much food your baby is getting, because supply and demand takes care of that question all by itself. If you do encounter problems with breastfeeding, know that there is support out there. Lactation consultants at your hospital, midwives, or the La Leche League, can all lend you a helping hand if you run into challenges. Don't give up on breastfeeding, because it is so important!