If you could feed your baby free, provide him or her better immunity, and establish a better bond with your child, would you do it? That’s what breast feeding can provide.
It’s estimated about 75 percent of American women breast feed their baby early on. But some women have difficulty with the task. Now social networking is providing answers
Thirty-year-old Dea Goble is trying to get her son Jeriah to eat.
He's been breast fed his entire nine and a half months and Dea says she wouldn't mind continuing until he’s age 4 or beyond.
“I was kind of raised with the idea it was a normal way to feed babies,” says Goble.
“After researching I said I'm going to give it 110%,” said Julie Jensen another breast feeding mom.
Julie's daughter Gabby is doing well after 8 months of breast feeding. Julie says there are health benefits and better bonding, but the bottom line: “Well first, It’s free,” says Jensen.
No one disputes the benefits of breast feeding. That’s probably why nearly 75 percent of American women breast feed at least initially.
But both Julie and Dea will tell you it’s not always easy, and they are the successful breast feeding moms.
As a matter of fact, Dea has helped put together a Nevada web page dedicated to breast feeding moms who can share advice and for that matter share breast milk with other women.
“I still have 100 ounces looking for a donor,” says Gobel.
Called "Eats on Feets" the free breast milk exchange program started in Canada and progressively moved its way to the U.S.
Nevada was one of the first sites put on the internet.
The program allows breast feeding women willing to donate their milk to network with women who want to breast feed but can't.
“My first response was that was disgusting,” says Sarah.
A number one skeptic, she is a Ph.D candidate.
She had her son Danny five months ago.
She says she tried to breast feed but could not produce enough milk.
Her son she says could not tolerate varying formulas sent her way.
“It was terrifying and I finally ran a post on “Eats on Feets” sobbing, hysterically you know, for having to do this,” says Sarah.
Sarah says she interviewed several women who offered to donate their milk, some she clicked with, others she did not. In the end she found a woman she trusted.