January 25, 2016
Danielle Shares Her Breastfeeding Experiences
My name is Danielle Rodriguez. I am a mother of six children and Azariah, my youngest, was born at home in October 2015. I believe the single most important thing you can do for your baby is to breastfeed while loving your child. My experience is the breastfeeding of my six children, which includes a set of twins!
I learned at a young age how crucial breastfeeding is due to the irreplaceable bond between you and your baby and the perfect nutrition given. Simply read the contents on a can of powdered baby formula and do a bit of research on each ingredient and you will be horrified at what these formulas include – you might as well feed your baby a soda, burger and fries. Their new little bodies are not designed to digest these ingredients.
If you are unsure of how to feed your baby, it might be because you are listening to people who don’t breastfeed or haven’t done their research. Mothers have the option to have a healthier, smarter baby by breastfeeding – how can you refuse? I did not have an easy time breastfeeding and it didn’t come naturally to me or to my baby boys. Only my daughter latched on correctly at birth. It can take some effort and determination at first but the effort is well worth it as it becomes incredibly easy to feed your baby once the baby gets the hang of it.
God gave us breasts for the purpose of providing our babies with the perfect food. It also benefits nursing mothers by shrinking our uterus quickly, by giving us endorphins and by helping us lose weight faster!
Some mothers are fooled into thinking they don’t have enough milk to feed their baby but that’s completely wrong. The baby must latch on properly in order to stimulate the breast to produce more milk. The more your breasts are stimulated, the more milk the breast provides. A great solution for a milk deficiency is a breast pump, which will give your milk supply a kick-start. Even a working mom can pump, and there are pumps that allow you to pump hands-free.
There is so much support out there if you desire to breastfeed. There are lactation consultants, books and other breastfeeding moms, like me, who would be eager to help you. There are even support groups and breastfeeding clubs. If you think breastfeeding is a hassle or too hard, think again about the amazing benefits it will provide your baby. For every breastfeeding challenge, there is a solution. Don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. No one has your baby’s best interest or loves your baby as much as you! I breastfed each of my children up to one or two years and I’m very proud of the good start that I gave them. If I can do it, any mother can do it with a little determination.
An extra special blessing for me is the success of having an unassisted home birth, bringing into the world my sixth baby, Azariah, of whom I am currently successfully breastfeeding since last October. Fortunately, I have gained the knowledge needed to avoid unnecessary doctor intervention. With the years come the wisdom of true health and natural living, without unneeded pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
I am truly fortunate to have received the teaching and mentoring of Dr. Antonacci and Lisa Fiore, both of whom I am so grateful to have in my life. I am so thankful to them for an even healthier baby boy. The road is not always smooth and easy but, with their teachings and expertise, I have conquered bouts of mastitis (clogged milk duct) with essential oils rather than antibiotics. I discovered that I did not have to be at the mercy of doctor prescriptions and over-prescribed antibiotics. This winter I am so happy and proud of the fact that my baby and I have not been sick due to the conscious consumption of healthy and organic foods to feed our cells, natural essential oil remedies and, most especially, the Energy Quixotica probiotics which have been crucial to the healthy state of my immune system and that of my baby, husband and children.
If you aren’t sure about breastfeeding or know someone that isn’t sure, I am more than happy to help or to answer any questions. Remember, don’t let anyone discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. You can and you won’t regret the decision to do so.