At this time of year, everyone’s talking about their New Year’s resolutions and their plans for a fresh start in 2013. If you’re a new mom, it’s great to set breastfeeding goals to motivate you to provide the best nutrition possible for your little one. However, don’t let these new goals ever make you feel guilty about how you provide for your baby. So, let us walk you through some ways to set realistic breastfeeding goals that will encourage you and allow you to celebrate the everyday successes of breastfeeding.
Celebrate the everyday accomplishments
Don’t feel like you need to set just one big breastfeeding goal. Why not set more short-term goals and celebrate the everyday breastfeeding accomplishments? Start by setting weekly or monthly goals, if you reach your goal, do something fun with your family to celebrate. More breastfeeding goals = more fun!
Understand the benefits
If you need some encouragement in reaching your goals, review the ever-growing benefits of breastfeeding. You are truly giving your baby the best nutrition possible by breastfeeding. Just by breastfeeding you’re supporting your baby’s healthy immune system and preventing the development of many bacterial infections and that’s just the beginning. Way to go, moms!
Don’t compare yourself to others
Understand that every mom and baby’s breastfeeding experience is different, so never compare your breastfeeding success to others. You are the only one that understands your family’s needs; so don’t second-guess your decisions. We’re proud of your commitment to breastfeeding and think it’s great that you continue to work hard to reach your goals, whatever they may be.
What are your breastfeeding goals? Share them in the comments below.