It is World Breastfeeding Week again

Every year, the first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week. This year is no different. And World Breastfeeding week equals raising awareness about breastfeeding. Whether you are still trying to conceive, pregnant, or already a mother, breastfeeding is a topic that affects all of us. Breastfeeding provides babies with the best possible, complete nurtition. Breastfeeding is normally an easy, no-hassle solution, and it is free. Above all, breastfeeding is normal.

If you are pregnant, the chances are that you have thought about feeding your baby once he or she is born. Those who would like to breastfeed but are not sure that this is a realistic goal can relax. Around 99 percent of all new mothers can breastfeed their newborns without problems. If you are curious what breastfeeding is really like, I am happy to share my own experiences with you. I have been breastfeeding for four years now. My older daughter breastfeed for nearly two years, and my son, who is 20 months old, is still nursing. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding on demand for six months, and breastfeeding alongside solid foods for two years, and that is what I choose to do.

For those who are a little tired of the breast is best campaign, because after all, we do know that human milk is the best food for human babies, I will approach breastfeeding from a mothers point of view. Breastfeeding means that you always have food for your baby, and never run out. It means that you can easily need your babys most important need anywhere, and any time. Breastfeeding means no cleaing bottles and sterilizing them, and no having to run to the store for formula. It also means not having to get up in the middle of the night to prepare bottles, and not having to lug formula-feeding supplies around with you wherever you go. Breastfeeding means getting more sleep during the night, because all you have to do is put your baby to your breast. And finally, breastfeeding also means that you do not have to worry about how much food your baby is getting, because supply and demand takes care of that question all by itself.

If you do encounter problems with breastfeeding, know that there is support out there. Lactation consultants at your hospital, midwives, or the La Leche League, can all lend you a helping hand if you run into challenges. Dont give up on breastfeeding, because it is so important!

Birth control not preventing unwanted pregnancies

A new study released by the Guttmacher Institute (formerly associated with Planned Parenthood) revealed that unplanned pregnancies are on the rise, especially among low-income women. The same study also showed that 54 percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant.

Planned Parenthood had been promoting offering birth control to women who came in for an abortion, but the fact that over half of women who got pregnant used a contraceptive, usually the pill or a condom, when it happened makes one question the effectiveness of that policy.

The report said: Poor women’s high rate of unintended pregnancy results in their also having high — and increasing — rates of both abortions (52 per 1,000) and unplanned births (66 per 1,000). In 2006, poor women had an unintended pregnancy rate five times that of higher-income women, and an unintended birth rate six times as high.

And it when on to say: “Analyzing US government data from the National Survey of Family Growth and other sources, Finer and Zolna found that of the 6.7 million pregnancies in 2006, nearly half (49 percent) were unintended. Although some unintended pregnancies are accepted or even welcomed, more than four in ten (43 percent) end in abortion.

We do have to wonder how valid this data is, since families who had an unplanned pregnancy that they were very happy with are less likely to turn to centers like Planned Parenthood for assistance, and may not even reveal to their doctor that the pregnancy was not exactly one they had been working on.

Its also interesting to see that birth control fails that often, and were curious about the reasons for this. Is birth control really that ineffective, or are women largely using the pill and condoms in the wrong way? What are your views on this new study?