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When should we decide about breastfeeding?

Generally, it is a good idea to meet with the baby's doctor prior to the birth in order for all to get to know each other in a controlled, non-rushed, quiet environment. This is a perfect opportunity to discuss your concerns and wishes about feeding your baby. One important reason to have the decision to breastfeed made before the delivery is that it can be very difficult or even impossible to start using formula and then later try to switch to breastfeeding. This is because the ability of the breasts to produce milk diminishes soon after childbirth without the stimulation of breastfeeding.

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Comment from: MamaHiroko, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I am a breastfeeding mother and I would encourage anyone to breastfeed for the first two years of life. As a new mom I was faced with big challenges. I had mastitis five times and was taken to the ER with a C-diff infection all before 6 months. Even though it was very hard on my body I'm so glad I stuck with it. My daughter will be 2 in a few months and she still nurses a few times a day. Now I am on a restricted diet of no gluten and no dairy. My diet is now much better for me and it's all because my little one has a skin rash that is set of by foods made with milk or wheat. When I have another baby I will breastfeed that baby to self-wean like I am with my daughter. If your having trouble with breastfeeding seek help and remember you are doing what's right for your baby.

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