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Why Breastfeeding is Best for Babies

Why Breastfeeding is Best for Babies

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding until your baby is 6 months old, with continued breastfeeding and appropriate complementary foods up to the age of two or beyond. Not only is breastfeeding the best source of nutrition for your baby, but there are also advantages for you. Read on to know why you should choose to breastfeed your baby.

Why is Breast Milk so Special?

It’s a unique nutritional source that is easy to digest and provides the perfect balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and nutrients to promote the growth and development of your baby.

In the first few days after giving birth, your body produces a special kind of breast milk known as colostrum. Thick and yellowish, colostrum is very nutritious and is rich in antibodies that help your baby fight off infections and bacteria. It also helps your baby’s digestive tract develop, helping it prepare to digest breast milk. After a few days, your breast milk comes through, which is runnier than colostrum, and whiter in color.

Breastfeeding not only provides your baby with tailored nutrition, but it’s available on-demand, day or night, and it’s free!

The health benefits go well beyond convenience and cost, however, and will have a far-reaching impact on both you and your baby long after your breastfeeding journey has ended.

Breastfeeding Benefits for Babies

  • Lower rates of SIDS in the first year of life (an effect that becomes even stronger when breastfeeding is exclusive).
  • Lower postneonatal infant mortality rates (a reduction of approximately 21% in the US).
  • Less risk of a baby developing eczema, asthma, and food allergies later in life.
  • Slightly enhanced performance on tests of cognitive development.
  • Lower incidence of infectious diseases, such as diarrhea, pneumonia, ear infections, respiratory tract illnesses.
  • Improved dental health with less risk of tooth decay.
  • Reduction of the risk of obesity later in life when you exclusively breastfeed for at least 4 months.
  • Lower rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin disease in older children and adults.
  • Breastfeeding also exposes your baby through the milk, you’re producing to the varying tastes and flavor profiles of the foods you eat, which can influence food acceptance and preferences when they begin to eat solids.

Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for Moms

  • A unique and powerful physical and emotional connection between you and your baby. Breastfeeding is the one parenting duty only a mom can do.
  • Non-verbal communication and bond with your baby that only grows to support an ever more intimate and effortless mutual exchange. Especially if you stay present while nursing with lots of touching, talking, singing, and eye contact.
  • Stimulation of your body to produce antibodies in your milk which in turn helps your baby stay well or recover faster when he’s sick.
  • Help with your return to your pre-pregnancy weight by increasing your energy requirements, promoting the mobilization of fat stores, and quickens your uterus to contract to its pre-pregnancy size.
  • Lower risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
  • Potentially lower risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis in the post-menopausal period.
  • Delays the return of your menstrual cycle, which will help maintain your iron status.

If you have any questions about breastfeeding, please let us know in the comments!

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6 Tips for New Mothers when Breastfeeding

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Becoming a mother is a wonderful experience. Nothing is as satisfying as looking at your newborn baby grow up stronger and healthier day by day. And to help them grow, breast milk is the best source of nutrients for your baby. It will give them everything they need to develop their body and protect them from diseases. However, breastfeeding has never been easy at first for new mothers. If you need help in breastfeeding your baby, here are the best tips

1. Know your Baby’s tummy

Most of the mothers start to breastfeed their babies when they start crying. However, you can anticipate your baby’s hunger with some simple signs. They are raising their head rapidly, sticking out their tongue, opening /closing their mouth constantly or sucking on anything near. Whenever you see those signs, offer your breast to them and your baby won’t have to cry to draw your attention.

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2. Don’t Count Times

Let your baby decide how long they’re gonna be on your breast. Leave your baby to feed on your first breast and then offer them the second one. Some babies take a long time to eat and some need a longer time to fill their belly. Moreover, don’t try to schedule breastfeeding. As long as they’re feeding regularly, you can let your baby decide when they want to eat.

3. Get Relaxed and Comfortable

Breastfeeding requires you to hold your baby for a long time. If you are not in a good position, you will be uncomfortable quickly. It may hurt your shoulder, neck, and back.  Also, when you are uncomfortable, you will try to change your position and it will disrupt your baby’s meal. That is not good for their health and makes them cry. So you need to get a comfortable position for breastfeeding. Lying on your side with your baby facing you or sitting in a reclined position with your baby in your hand are recommended positions. A large bed or a couch with pillows will be an ideal place for you but if you find any place is more comfortable just use it. Whatever works for you.

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4. Your Milk will be Enough

Your breasts have been ready to give your child milk since the day you got pregnant. However, your milk production will depend on your baby’s needs. When your baby sucks your breast, your body releases different kinds of hormones like prolactin and oxytocin to further adjust the amount of milk you will produce.  So it means that the more you breastfeed your child, the more milk you have.

5. Milk Leaking is Neutral

You may find milk leaking from your breast when you think about your baby, when you hear another baby cry or when you haven’t breastfed your baby for some time. It is completely normal as your body becomes more sensitive at this period. This leaking will disappear after a few weeks of breastfeeding your baby. If you find it inconvenient because of the leaks, place a nursing pad in your bra to absorb them.

6.  Ask for Help with Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding might be uncomfortable when you first feed your baby, but it shouldn’t be a bad experience for you. Try to ask for a professional’s help. Hospital lactation consultants are professionals in this case. The lactation consultants may give you the best advice in breastfeeding and nursing for your child. They may come and see how you are doing with your baby, guide you to choose the right position of breastfeeding and anything more. Don’t hesitate to ask them or else they won’t know your needs.

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Now you have the tips for breastfeeding your little ones.  Although it will take time to get used to breastfeeding, you will be happy when your baby is strong and healthy. Anything you want to share with other mothers? Share with us in the comments.

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