Are you ready for 2021 and all the opportunities and challenges coming up? Let’s start it with the best disposition and positivity. Today’s blog topic is about a very special bond between you and baby. Let’s begin with the simple and basics:
WHAT IS BREASTFEEDING?
When you feed your baby breast milk, usually directly from your breast. It’s also called nursing. It provides optimal nutrition as it is easily digestive for a baby’s tummy. Deciding to breastfeed is a personal decision. So don’t feel pressured.
PREPARE YOUR BODY BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN
After consulting with your doctor, prepare your nipples by massaging them with a cream to soften the area. Generally, new mothers have small nipples. Doctors recommend that you prepare yourself since week 38, as the stimulation can promote having contractions.
During the first days after birth, your breasts produce a thick and yellowish fluid called colostrum. It’s high in protein and loaded with beneficial compounds; a wonder food, unreplaceable by any formula. After that, your breasts will start producing larger amounts of milk as the baby’s stomach grows.
A SPECIAL CONNECTION
Many mothers feel fulfillment and joy from the physical and emotional communion they experience with their child while nursing their babies. Women who breastfeed seem less likely to develop postpartum depression.
Baby: Breast milk provides an ideal nutrition, as it has everything needed to grow: a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, fat, and healthy enzymes.
Colostrum, on the other hand, is the first ideal milk and helps the newborn’s immature digestive tract to develop. It causes less stomach upset, diarrhea, and constipation than formula. This is also because breast milk is so easy for your baby’s body to break down.
Overall breastfeeding promotes healthy weight gain, helps prevent childhood obesity, reduces the risk of viruses, urinary tract infections, inflammatory bowel disease, gastroenteritis, ear infections, and respiratory infections, among other amazing benefits.
Mom: It can lower your risk of breast/ovarian cancer and may lower your risk of osteoporosis. You may lose pregnancy weight too. Because milk production burns about 300 to 500 calories a day, nursing mothers tend to have an easier time healthily dropping a few pounds, slowly and without dieting.
As you can see, breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby’s development but at the end of the day you make your decision. In case you prefer to not nurse your baby, remember it’s totally okay. As we’ve mentioned before: this is a whole new journey, so take your time and investigate more about it.
We hope this blog was helpful. If you want more information about breastfeeding please leave your comments below. We would like to know your nursing experience and connect with more mammas in our community.
Have a wonderful week!
XoXo, Mamma Jazmin