Breast or Bottle? Whatever Works For a Mama, Of Course.

Breastfeeding can be a hot-button subject. On one hand, you have the hard-core, pro-breasties advocating that “breast is best” in every situation. On the other hand, you have the pro-choicers fighting for respect when they feed their baby formula. Both sides are protesting loudly; neither side can really hear each other.

As a nurse and birth worker, I know the benefits of breastfeeding for both a baby and a mom. However, as a woman who's had 4 babies, I know that it comes with challenges. And when I say "challenges", I mean that you may choose to bottlefeed because you're on the 3rd month of no sleep. I totally get you and I certainly don't judge you.

When you are faced with a decision, you need information, not necessarily opinions.

If you're a mom who really wants to breastfeed successfully, I've included some links to great resources below:

 Breastfeeding Inc. (Dr Jack Newman)

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Breastfeeding Answers from La Leche League

If you're a mom who can't breastfeed or if you just choose not to, here are some great resources for formula feeding:

Kidshealth- Bottle vs Breast Feeding

Infant Formula- What You Need to Know

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I encourage all moms to stop for a minute and block out the sound of everyone else’s opinions about how you should feed your baby. When you take away all the background noise, what do you hear? If you listen closely enough, your intuitive mom voice can be heard loud and clear. It’s that little voice that starts during pregnancy and just develops over time. Eventually, you’re so in tune your kids think you really do have eyes in the back of your head.

There really is nothing more powerful than a mom making a decision that empowers her as a parent and as a woman.

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Joanne Ilaqua - CEO of MamaSoup

Hey there, I’m Joanne.

I’ve spent about 20 years serving women as a nurse, doula and Lamaze educator. I have 4 kids and I know firsthand how lonely and isolating motherhood can be, so I created MamaSoup. I'm mostly known for my love of red wine, spontaneously singing and my confidence in being my true self on social media. When I’m not busy building women up, you can catch me taking Instagram stories of my bulldog Ruby, watching The Handmaid’s Tale, playing MUber (Mom Uber) to my kids or vacationing in my favourite town: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

I love serving the world by providing a space for moms to connect and support each other. In my opinion, moms are the backbone of communities because they are (literally) raising the future!

As the founder and CEO of MamaSoup, I’ve been featured on CHEX TV Morning Show, KawarthaNOW, Economic Development- The City of Kawartha Lakes and MyKawartha.

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