Giving your baby breast milk is one of the best ways to keep him healthy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and continue to be breastfed for a year or more. The longer a mother breastfeeds her babies, the greater the benefits for her and the baby.
Some of the benefits of breastfeeding your baby:
- A lower rate of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome),
- Lower respiratory infections, otitis.
Breast milk is free and contains all the nutrients your baby needs to grow.
There are also several benefits for breastfeeding mothers, including reduced risks of female cancers, cardiovascular and heart disease.
The joyful bonding experience of breastfeeding between a mother and her child is one of the greatest experiences of all. It is difficult to explain this connection, but truly felt by those at that time. As a mother of four children, I enjoyed each of those moments knowing that I was the only one who could feed them and provide them with the best nutrition tailored to their exact needs.
Breastfeeding is not without challenges for some mothers during the first days or even weeks of an infant’s life. One of the best ways to prepare for your breastfeeding experience is to attend a breastfeeding class. Essentia Health offers this course for free one Tuesday per month. You can register for this course on their website:
The class gives expectant parents an education on what to expect, how to feed and when to feed their baby. In addition to attending a class, reading books or materials you receive from your doctor’s office about breastfeeding can help.
If a mother is unable to receive education before the baby arrives, birthing staff will be able to provide hands-on learning and education to make her feel comfortable breastfeeding her baby. baby before she comes home. Having a good support system in place with her partner, family and friends can improve her success in reaching her breastfeeding goals.
There are several resources available to a mother if she has difficulties or questions about breastfeeding her child at home. We encourage her to make an appointment with a breastfeeding specialist at the Women Infants and Children clinic or community program to help her with any issues she may have.
This appointment would be beneficial for any mother breastfeeding a baby for the first time, even if she has no problems, as it would help ease any worries that may arise from breastfeeding or ensure the baby is getting enough to eat. . .
There is also a local infant feeding helpline at 855-710-BABY (2229) who can be called anytime to speak with a lactation specialist. Some issues can be resolved over the phone or reassured in the comfort of your own home.
The reality is that almost any woman can successfully breastfeed to whatever goal she wants if she chooses. Few can’t, so asking for help sooner improves a mother’s chances of success. Breastfeeding provides health benefits for both mother and child throughout life.
While breastfeeding may not seem like the right choice for every parent, it’s the best choice for every baby.