As a mommy to be myself, I’ve done quite a bit of research and thinking about this particular topic. For new moms who plan on breastfeeding, here are a few things you may want to consider that will help ease the process.
Benefits of Breastfeeding:
If you are able to breastfeed, you may also be surprised to know that there are not only numerous benefits supplied to your new baby, but for you as well.
- Colostrum:The milk you produce early on just after giving birth contains colostrum. This provides antibodies to help protect against disease as your baby’s own immune system is at work developing in their first year.
- Burns Calories: By burning up to an extra 500 calories per day, nursing can be an effective way of aiding the loss of additional pregnancy weight.
- Reduces Cancer Risk: Breastfeeding may help reduce your risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, as well as postpartum depression.
- Recovery: Aids in uterus recovery by helping it return to its pre-pregnancy size as well as reduce post-delivery bleeding.
- Cost Effective: It’s FREE! No need to spend extra money on formula! With all of the added expenses of having a baby, this helps tremendously.
Since breastfeeding is a learned process, no one really knows how to do it until they experience it firsthand. However, there are some things to consider that will help you prepare for breastfeeding.
- Relax – Try to ensure you are in a relaxing and calm environment to ease both you and your little one.
- 1st Hour – Try to breastfeed within the first hour of birth to provide colostrum to your baby.
- Feed On Demand – Be ready and available for your baby to feed as soon as they show signs of wanting it. A nurse or lactation consultant can aid in making sure your baby is latching properly and ensure you are both in a comfortable position for breastfeeding effectively. Plan on feeding 8-12 times per 24 hour period.
- Nursing Bras – Your milk will come in within a few days of birth and will increase the size of your breasts. Make sure you have a few well-fitting nursing bras to wear as you experience these changes and prepare to nurse.
- Stay Hydrated – Drinking plenty of water will aid your body in producing a healthy supply of breast milk.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your nurse or physician for additional information and helpful advice on breastfeeding. Wishing you all well!
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