Breast is Best

We all know the benefits of breastfeeding, but sometimes, breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily. However, hearing that “breast is best” can leave many moms feeling shame or as if they’re just not doing everything right for their little ones. Research states that it’s important to look into the effects this can have on moms. In an article in the Huffington Post, Ana Diez-Sampedro, author of Women’s Choice Regarding Breastfeeding and Its Effect on Well-Being and a clinical associate professor said, “We need more research on what happens to a person who wants to breastfeed and who can’t. What do they feel? Is this a risk factor for postpartum depression?” And, for those who can’t, it’s important that they are heard. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says “that women who can’t meet their breastfeeding goals often experience considerable distress and that those feelings should be validated by their health care providers.”