Why is Breastfeeding Important for you Mom?
Importance Of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is when you feed your baby breast milk, usually directly from your breast. It’s also called nursing. How often you should breastfeed your baby depends on whether your baby prefers small, frequent meals or longer feedings. This will change as your baby grows. Newborns often want to feed every 2-3 hours. By 2 months, feeding every 3-4 hours is common, and by six months, most babies feed every 4-5 hours.
You and your baby are unique, and the decision to breastfeed is up to you.
Why is Breastfeeding Important for Mom?
Mothers who breastfeed:
Have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers such as breast cancer
May find it easier to return to what they weighed before they got pregnant
Strengthen the bond with their children
Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy.
It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions.
It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity.
It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer.
It protects against infections, like ear infections.
It is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach.
Babies have healthier weights as they grow.
Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests.
Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies' needs.
The milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of the baby to promote healthy growth. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby.
Breast milk is always ready and good for the environment.
It is available wherever and whenever your baby needs it.
It is always at the right temperature, clean and free.
No bottles to clean.
Breastfeeding has no waste, so it is good for the environment.
Making it work – You Can Do It!
Some helpful hints:
Breastfeed soon after birth and breastfeed frequently 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period.
Hold your baby skin-to-skin.
Keep your baby with you in the hospital.
Do not give a pacifier or bottle until breastfeeding is well established.
Give only breast milk.