One of main components of natural parenting is to promote and support the normalization of breastfeeding. As women, we are biologically designed to feed our children from our bodies from birth, to whatever age we feel is appropriate for them. Our breast milk gives our babies the best start in life. However breastfeeding in public and for prolonged periods of time is still stigmatized in society. Part of MommyCon’s mission is to provide resources, support and non-judgement for women during their feeding journey. Whilst breastfeeding is not always possible for some women, we want to empower women with the right to choose for themselves.
I chose to breastfeed both my children on demand (Atticus 4, and Luella 1 and half). Breastfeeding on demand means that I didn’t set any strict routine or schedule for my kids. If my babies appeared to be hungry, I would feed them whenever and wherever. Why did I choose to breastfeed on demand? Here are my top 4 reasons:
Your milk supply will regulate based on your babies needs
Our bodies are intuitive and powerful. When we breastfeed on demand, our milk supply will regulate according to our babies need. They will get as much as they need, when they need it.
Moms who breastfeed get more sleep!
Breastfeeding release oxytocin – the “love” hormone – which builds wonderfully relaxing feelings between mom and baby. These feelings of calm and relaxation help us to fall asleep quicker.
Breastfeeding on demand is reassuring
Breastfeeding is a bonding experience for mom and baby. One of the reasons I enjoy breastfeeding so much is that it forces me to take time out of my busy schedule to sit down and focus solely on my child. It’s uninterrupted bonding time and I cherish every moment of it.
Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from gastrointestinal infections
Breastmilk is often times called the “perfect food” for a baby’s digestive system, as the components of mother’s milk are lactose, protein (whey and casein) and fat. These easily digested ingredients are perfect for the baby’s virgin gut. Breast milk also naturally contains many of the vitamins and minerals that a newborn requires. Each mother’s milk is uniquely designed for her baby, and this is something that cannot be recreated by formula.
MommyCon’s spin-off event MILK: An Infant Feeding Conference takes place on November 11-12 in Orange County. MILK is an annual infant feeding conference for parents and parenting professionals. It empowers families with information to support the nutrition and health of their children, while simultaneously providing an educational platform for emerging healthcare providers seeking additional academic and practical guidance. Resources and event registration can be found at MILKConference.com.