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Reflections: Being A Breastfeeding Family

This is part of an "In Their Own Words" series in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2013.  Here at Sweet Pea Births we celebrate and honor all breastfeeding relationships, and want to share these stories with you to empower and inspire you.  No matter how the journey starts, with help, support, and persistence, most mothers can achieve the breastfeeding relationship they want with their nurslings.  If you would like to submit your story, please email me at krystyna{at}sweetpeabirths{dot}com.  


Sweet Pea Births understands that not all mothers can or want to breastfeed.  These stories are shared for learning purposes, not to judge the choices we make when we feed our children.

Some Thoughts from Coach Bruss:
At the end of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I wanted to give my perspective on how breast-feeding has impacted our family over 8 years and four children.

Like many (most?) first time Dads, I had no idea what we were in for when Krystyna first got pregnant in 2004.  Looking back, it's hard to fathom the depth of all the things I did not know.  What I did know that I was fully engaged and willing to do anything to support Krystyna in her pregnancy with our first child, and then continue that support as we became a new family together.  To that end, when K. asked to attend Bradley Method® natural birth classes, I wholeheartedly agreed and supported her though that first pregnancy.  When she committed to breast-feeding, I was certainly supportive but didn't really understand all that this meant. 

As I learned more and more, I found that breastfeeding, especially for first time mother is hard work.  It is a learned skill for both mother and child.   Many times it can be painful or uncomfortable for Moms.  Nursing in public brings on a whole other set of challenges.  Support in these early days took the form of listening to Krystyna, making sure her other needs were taken care of as much as possible so she could focus on learning and also being there with her in public when she was nursing to support her as much as I could.

As our family grew there was more to learn and do to support.  Krystyna and I became certified and are now teaching Bradley™ classes to a new generation of parents.  Through that process we learned more and more of the benefits of breastfeeding to both children *and* mothers, all that as we experienced those benefits first hand in our children.  

The health benefits of breastfeeding to children are well documented and while I *knew* this intrinsically, it was interesting in our studies to find out just how extensive these benefits are.  Additionally, I was surprised to learn how positive the impact was for mothers, most notably the decreased risk of breast cancer for those moms that breast-feed extensively.  

Lastly, and more anecdotally from me, the emotional benefit of all our children being breast-fed exclusively for a minimum of 6 months and then beyond, is so apparent in our children who all have a solid, positive relationship with Krystyna and who are all growing up as highly self-confident children.

So from my perspective, breastfeeding in our family has had an overwhelming positive impact on our health and well being.  It is a lot of work for Moms, a huge amount of commitment on their part.  The role of the Dad is to be as supportive as possible and realize that all the work is worth it in the end and will provide a lifetime of benefits to your family.

Best,
Bruss

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It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

 
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, PaysonWe are now enrolling for our Fall 2013 Series
The Bradley Method® for New Parents:
September 6, 2013 through November 22, 2013
Classes meet at 6:00 pm

Bradley™ “Next” – full series plus focus on sibling preparation
September 7, 2013 through November 23, 2013
Classes meet at 2:00 pm
 
For more information or to register, please call us at 602-684-6567 or email us at krystyna@sweetpeabirths.com 



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