Setting Realistic and Positive Breastfeeding Goals

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I may not be nursing anymore but breastfeeding is still very important to me. I still miss it. The other day as I was holding Sweet Baby, feeding him his bottle, I teared up. I miss him falling asleep at the breast. I miss that close bond that only I shared with him. As the new year is here I wanted to help those nursing momma’s how to set realistic and positive goals. Did you set a breastfeeding goal this year? Just remember to celebrate the everyday accomplishments too. This article is from Medela Moments. Check it out for more details on the best nutrition possible while nursing.

Celebrate the everyday accomplishments
Don’t feel like you need to set just one big breastfeeding goal. Why not set more short-term goals and celebrate the everyday breastfeeding accomplishments? Start by setting weekly or monthly goals, if you reach your goal, do something fun with your family to celebrate. More breastfeeding goals = more fun!

Understand the benefits
If you need some encouragement in reaching your goals, review the ever-growing benefits of breastfeeding. You are truly giving your baby the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. Just by breastfeeding you’re supporting your baby’s healthy immune system and preventing the development of many bacterial infections and that’s just the beginning. Way to go, moms!

Don’t compare yourself to others
Understand that every mom and baby’s breastfeeding experience is different, so never compare your breastfeeding success to others. You are the only one that understands your family’s needs; so don’t second-guess your decisions. We’re proud of your commitment to breastfeeding and think it’s great that you continue to work hard to reach your goals, whatever they may be.

What are your breastfeeding goals? Share them in the comments below.

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