Breastfeeding has many benefits both to baby and mom. With practice and guidance, you can be on your way to successfully breastfeeding your newborn.
Benefits for Baby
1. Breast milk provides complete nutrition. Breast milk has a mix of protein, fat and vitamins.
2. Breast milk contains antibodies that help baby fight off bacteria and viruses.
3. Babies breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, had fewer ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.
4. Breastfeeding provides physical closeness, skin-to-skin and eye contact, which all help make baby feel secure.
5. Breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS.
Benefits for Mom
1. Breastfeeding burns extra calories.
2. Breastfeeding releases oxytocin and can help bring your uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size.
3. Breastfeeding saves time and money.
4. May reduce the risk of uterine bleeding after birth due to the oxytocin breastfeeding releases.
5. Lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer and lowers the risk of osteoporosis.
If your breastfeeding but have challenges, there are many resources in your community. The City of Toronto has free public clinics as well as many hospitals.
You can also find a lactation consultant who may visit you at home. It’s important to get a good latch with baby (tip – nose to nipple).
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Baby feeding is first on the breast, second expressed/pumped, third donor milk and fourth supplemented.
If your not able to breastfeed, look for a healthy alternative including donor milk or organic formula.