Healthy Breastfeeding Tips For You And Your Baby
by: Robin Darch
We’ve all heard the debate. Breast Feeding vs Formula.
But why do most people say breast feeding is the best for your baby? Because
this natural mother’s milk is genetically the best food for your baby.
This is the way GOD designed for things to work.
Want a more scientific reason? Okay, for one, the complex
fats that are abundant in human breastmilk are vital to brain development
and may have an effect on your baby’s intelligence as they grow older.
Breastfed babies are ten times less likely to be hospitalized
with gastro-enteritis in the early months than babies who are fed formula.
Breastfed babies also gain immunities from a host of other
Here are some terms you may not already know. “Foremilk”
– the thinner milk that first comes from the breast when you begin feeding
your baby. This is for quenching the baby’s initial thirst. “Hindmilk”
– is the milk that comes later during the feeding of your baby. The hindmilk
is much more filling and contains all the nutrients your baby needs to
Breastfed babies rarely need other drinks and supplements,
because their mother has already given them what nature intended for them
to have and need.
What’s in it for me as a Mom? There is nothing to compare
the bonding and closeness with your baby that is caused by your choice
to breastfeed. It is a great feeling to know that you are doing what is
best for your baby.
Babies need to be close to their mothers. They need physical
contact. Breastfeeding is one of the best types of physical contact you
can have with your baby.
It’s also a whole lot easier than bottle-feeding! No feeds
to mix, no bottles to warm or sterilize. Your breastmilk is always available,
already sterile, and already just the right temperature for your baby.
Here is a real favorite among all women who breastfeed.
Many women lose weight more easily after the birth if they choose breastfeeding
over bottle feeding.
Another big issue is that there is evidence that breastfeeding
reduces your risk for breast cancer.
What if I am having problems breastfeeding? Either your
pediatrician can help you or there are breastfeeding counselors you can
find in your area or online that can help you with any problems you may
If you have sore nipples or your baby isn’t getting enough
milk, it may be your positioning. Your baby’s mouth should cover all of
the areola, especially the part just under the areola. Sucking on just
the nipple will keep the baby from getting enough milk and will make your
nipples very sore.
Can I give my baby a bottle at times and breastfeed at
other times? It’s not recommended. Bottle nipples are easier for the baby
to suck on and they will obtain bad breastfeeding technique which in turn
will cause them to be less hungry or not get enough milk from breastfeeding.
About The Author
Robin Darch, of PRT Specialised Services Limited has
a website, http://www.babyport.info
to help parents find all the information they need about babies, baby names,
baby showers, baby gifts, products for babies, baby clothing, and more.
you can also find out more about breastfeeding and how it helps prevent
baby jaundice. Chris McElroy also contributed to this article and has a
blog at http://www.missingchildrenblog.com
with tips on keeping babies and children safe