Breastfeeding Basics

Learning some of the most important aspects of breastfeeding before your baby arrives can help you to overcome challenges that might arise. First and foremost understand why you have made the decision to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is natural and a woman's body is designed specifically to sustain her baby's life and health. But breastfeeding is so much more than just nutrition. It is beneficial to both mother and baby in so many ways. Here are just a few of those benefits...

Benefits for baby include:

  • Breastmilk helps pass meconium in the first days of life.
  • Breastmilk is easily digestible.
  • Breastmilk is always the right temperature.
  • Preterm breastmilk is designed specifically for preterm babies.
  • Breastmilk contains important immunities for your baby.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect against diabetes, allergies, asthma, ear infections, bacterial meningitis, respiratory infections, eczema, multiple sclerosis, and many, many more health concerns.

Benefits to mom include:

  • Suckling at the breast helps the uterus to shrink.
  • Breastfeeding helps to prevent postpartum hemorrhages.
  • Breastfeeding helps mom lose weight.
  • Breastfeeding helps diabetic mothers by decreasing their insulin need.
  • Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding mothers have an increased protection against iron deficiency.
  • Breastfeeding mothers enjoy a delayed return of menstruation.
  • Breastmilk is a natural antibiotic and helps to heal wounds.
  • Breastmilk comes in a nicer package than formula!

Preparing to breastfeed is more than simply the decision to breastfeed. For some it's very easy but for others it is a skill that needs to be practiced. Understanding the basics of how to breastfeed can help new mothers get into an effective breastfeeding relationship with their baby quickly and can maximize success.

Below are five steps that can help you with breastfeeding. Review these steps often in preparation for your breastfeeding experience.

A Special Word to New Mothers

When they have the proper support, the vast majority of new mothers can successfully breastfeed their babies. However there are those occasions when breastfeeding is simply not possible. During such times mothers may choose to pump and feed, use donor milk for another healthy mother, or use formula to provide nutrition. If this describes you do not be discouraged. You can still provide the love and closeness that your baby needs. You might choose to allow your baby to suckle at your breasts to assist in bonding. But regardless you can still provide your baby with wonderful.

As always, you may contact us to receive the support and encouragement that you need. It is our goal to serve you. Check out all the different links and information that we have on breastfeeding:

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