Lisa, mother of one from Windmere, Florida, pictured with Cavan
In a nutshell, breastfeeding Cavan was important to me to help establish and maintain our bond together. While formula exists for very good reasons, it was important to me that I gave my son the best start I possibly could in life. I believe breastfeeding him until 16 or so months did just that.
I can't really say I chose to breastfeed. I, more or less, never considered any other option. Myself [sic] and my family are from a country (Jamaica) where breastfeeding is encouraged.
Being a new mom, particularly a first-time mom, is overwhelming. The best advice I can give new mothers is to line up a support team before you give birth. The family and friends I had around me after I gave birth knew of and respected my decision to breastfeed. I'm a big believer in community and a huge supporter of lactation consultants. There is a wealth of information online to help a new mom navigate some of the challenges she might face when breastfeeding. Support, be it in person or online, is so very important.
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