Happy Mothers, Breastfed Babies

All expectant, new, and experienced mothers and children are invited to attend.

Meetings are held on the third WEDNESDAY

of each month

10:00 AM at First Christian Church

on Rivermont Avenue.

Park in the back. The meeting is on the 3rd floor.

Come join us for mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and friendship. See you there!

Meeting Place

Meeting Place
Park in the back lot and go through these doors.

Meeting Room

Meeting Room
We meet on the 3rd floor, on the right.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Infant Feeding Cues

This week the New York Times posted on their website an interesting article regarding infant feeding.  Obesity in children is on the rise.  While the rate of obesity in children under two has not risen since 1999, the author reminds us that it is most important to pay attention to infants’ signals in relation to breast milk, breast milk substitute and food.  When we feed our babies when they are hungry and end feeding sessions when our babies indicate they are finished, we are teaching our children to respond to their own hunger and satiety cues.  Babes then learn to listen to what their bodies are “telling” them which likely leads to healthier lifestyles as they grow into childhood, young adulthood, and beyond.

So what are these cues we as mothers, fathers and child care takers look for in a baby?  Hunger signals include rooting, putting hand towards the mouth, and sucking movements.  Satiety signals include allowing the breast (or bottle) to drop away from the mouth, spitting out breast or bottle, turning head away, and closing the mouth.  Your child may have his or her own distinct hunger and satiety cues that you pick up with observation. 

Do you have any questions or want to learn more about babe's eating cues and breastfeeding?  Come join us this Friday, December 16, at 10 am!