How many times have you heard the phrases, “No Pain, No Gain” or “You have to pay to play” or “Hard work pays off”? Well, none of these phrases are very inspiring at 5 AM when I am trying to drag myself out of bed to fit exercise into my schedule.
Likewise, we can inform you of all the important advantages of breast feeding and shed wonderful light on the beauty of breastfeeding, but the fact remains: the initial 40 days of feeding can be difficult! You worry about inadequate production of milk and and whether or not she’s getting adequate nourishment; you’re tired and breastfeeding takes a long time, so you find yourself pumping numerous times per day to improve production. The list can go on.
But there is good news! If you can persevere for the first 40 days, breastfeeding gets much better. By the 8th week (56 days), breast feeding becomes more efficient than bottle feeding, less expensive and with no preparation of bottles. Although breastfeeding can take up to 40 minutes per feeding during the first 40 days, the time to breast feed is often cut in half by 7-8 weeks. For more details, see Breastfeeding Made Simple.
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