Being a mother myself I know there is no other job that requires as much heart and strength. From the moment we conceive we want to do what is best for our children. A huge concern for new mothers is feeding our baby and what is best for them. It is always said that breast is best, but in truth fed is best. All mothers should be encouraged and supported regardless of if they choose to breastfeed, are unable to breastfeed or even decide breastfeeding is just something they don’t wish to do. Though breast milk is magical and every drop your baby receives is beneficial – so trying is worth it!
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
- Breast milk is like a vaccination, protecting your baby from becoming sick.
- It is a living fluid which contains healthy bacteria, antibodies, white blood cells, antimicrobials and proteins that protect against bacteria and viruses.
- If you get sick, then specialised white blood cells will appear in your breast milk to protect your baby.
- Breast milk contains all the nutrients that are required for a baby in their first 6 months of life.
- Breast milk is easily digested and absorbed into your baby’a body.
- There are good fats in your breast milk which are important for healthy brain development.
- The process of breastfeeding helps in the development of your baby’s speech, eyesight, jaw and mouth development.
- Breastfed babies have a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Breastfeeding is a beautiful time to bond with and make your baby feel secure, as it encourages skin to skin and eye contact.
- Breast milk is convenient and FREE!
- You don’t have to clean bottles and it is always with you.
- Breastfeeding reduces the rates of breast cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.
- Breastfeeding stimulates the uterus to contract, aiding involution and reducing the risk of post partum haemorrhage.
Breastfeeding doesn’t always come as easy as we think, and it can take work and patience. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your surrounding support, find your village. This might include your family, friends, midwife, doctor or a lactation consultant. It will get easier and never think you are failing. Do what works for you and trust your body. Snuggle your precious baby and remember every breastfeed is a success!