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Breastfeeding Decreases Chances of ADHD

I know the title is a bold statement, but there is reseach to back this up which I will provide below.  The reason I state that breastfeeding decreases ADHD (attention defecit hyperactivity disorder) so emphatically is that I saw this in my own children who are now 24, 20 and 18.  Twenty-four years ago, professional grade personal breast pumps were not on the market and my doctor gave me very little information about breastfeeding.   When I told him that I had to go back to teaching and coaching when my firstborn was only 4 1/2 weeks old and asked him if I could breastfeed for just that duration, he said yes.  Period.  No further explanation.  There were hospital grade breast pumps that I could have rented.  I didn't know.  I also didn't know that I would be going back to work with bowling balls instead of breasts because I tried to wean over a weekend.  When my second and third were born, I sought out more information and nursed for 15 months and 18 months repectively.  …

Breastfeeding, Co-Sleeping and The Family Bed: Safe Sleep

There is much controversy associated with co-sleeping.  My opinion may be less biased than others because although my husband and I slept with our babies, we started them out in their crib and then when they awoke to feed brought them into bed with us for the rest of the night.  This gave us time alone before the baby came to bed with us and also alowed them to sleep though the night without feeding when they were ready. 
     What I am passionate about is the myth that co-sleeping is more dangerous than crib sleeping. 
The Chicago Infant Mortality Study reveals that Breastfeeding Infants have 1/5th the Rate of SIDS. They report a nearly doubled SIDS rate for cosleeping, but this study does not remove the powerful effect of smoking parents from their statistic. When other studies remove this behavior, they find the remaining infants enjoy a greatly lower rate of SIDS for cosleeping versus isolated crib sleeping.There are two kinds of cosleep…

Breastfeeding Essentials: Budget for Breastfeeding

We all know that all you really need for breastfeeding is a boob and a baby, but I often get the question, "What do I need for breastfeeding?".   The answer is that it really depends on your situation and your budget.  Are you going to be working outside the home?  If you are mostly working in the home, do you have times that you need to be away from your baby for conferences, etc? 
     Formula costs about $150 per month so you budget for breastfeeding could be over $1000 and still be ahead, but most most do not spend that much.  If you work inside the home and are not separated from the baby, you can spend very little.
     The following is a checklist and depending on whether you are work at home mom or a mom who works outside the home, you will want to pick and choose the type of breast milk collection product you will need based on your situation.   I have been in the business of breastfeeding for 20 years and am very familiar with the major brands and products as…