Fall Editor's Letter
SO MANY decisions face a mom when she is pregnant and has a newborn! One of those is whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. I was sure I wanted to breastfeed my babies. My mom had nursed all six of us, and being the oldest, I was around it quite a bit. It seemed to me the natural way to proceed. I naively assumed breastfeeding wouldn’t be any big deal: Baby would be born and Baby would breastfeed because that’s just what babies do. Well, was I wrong—it was tricky! I had a heck of a time getting my older to latch on. Luckily, my mom was with me and was able to pass along different tips and tricks to try to make it work for me.
Because it was tricky at the start, I was hesitant to nurse in public. I wasn’t comfortable enough to try it, but boy, I sure wish I had. It would have made being out and about with Baby that much easier! When we were out somewhere and she got hungry, back home we went. If I had to do it again, I would make an effort to learn to nurse in public. Mom of two Christa Hines has put together a terrific article with tips for you to master the art of nursing in public. I hope it works out for you!
Seasons are changing, and crispness is in the air! Fall is the perfect time to get out with little ones for great family photo ops. Our resident Kansas City expert Kristina Light has put together a list of local landmarks all over KC to visit with Baby to get fun “first” photos.
Happy fall, Kansas City!