- In This Feature
- Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Breast Milk: The Perfect Food
- Protects Against Disease
- Health Benefits for Baby
- Improves Women's Health
- Quicker Weight Loss
- Reduces Obesity in Children and Teens
- Promotes Mother/Infant Bonding and Emotional Well-Being
- More Convenient/Less Expensive
- Expands Your Social Circle
- Encourages Infant/Father Bonding
Expands Your Social Circle
Breastfeeding support groups are a wonderful way to make new friends. It is estimated that 70 percent of new mothers are now breastfeeding. They may be of a different race, age religion, socio-economic level, or sexual orientation. But each and every one of them is experiencing similar breastfeeding joys and challenges. If you are not yet a mother, it is hard to imagine that the contents of your child's diapers will become a critical topic of discussion, but it will. Who else but another breastfeeding mom can give you advice on sore nipples or truly understand the pride you feel at mastering the football hold?
"Some of the women that I met in the local nursing mothers group, I am best friends with," says Arberter. "Our kids have grown up together. These are not people that I would have ordinarily reached out to. But we had a very common bond."