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8 Tips for Grandmas About Breastfeeding


Updated July 31, 2012

Grandma's support is important to breastfeeding.

Grandma's support is important to breastfeeding.

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Dear Grandma-to-be,

Here are some things I'd like you to know about our decision to breastfeed.

  1. Breastfeeding is good for your grandchild.
    Breast milk has been shown to help keep my baby healthy. I want to do what's best for my baby and I know you want that too.

  2. Baby doesn't need supplements.
    We know so much more about infant feeding, particularly breastfeeding now. Breast milk is the only thing my baby needs for the first six months of life according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  3. There are plenty of ways you can help.
    I know you think giving a bottle is the only way that you can care for your grandbaby. But you can also help bathe and clothe the little one. You can rock or swaddle the baby. I have plenty of stuff you can help with other than feeding.

  4. I'm not selfish.
    Breastfeeding is best for baby. It's not about me. And it's certainly not about excluding you or others.

  5. My husband supports me.
    My husband is thrilled we're giving our baby such a good start. He really supports me in this venture.

  6. I need your help.
    Early postpartum days are hard. I need help. Can you bring me something to drink or a snack? That's so much more helpful than me having to pump milk and giving the baby a bottle.

  7. Someday soon baby will be bigger...
    We'll even ask you to baby sit and leave you with breast milk in bottles. We will trust you to care for our child. I know you'll do a great job and I'll give you everything you need to know to give baby a bottle of breast milk.

  8. I'm not judging you.
    My choice is not reflective of how I feel about your decisions about breastfeeding your babies. I know that there wasn't a lot of support for breastfeeding when I was born.
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