The Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

If you are a new mum or a soon to be a mum, then you have heard all about breastfeeding and the health benefits that can be found. Breast milk contains antibodies that can help your baby fight off different viruses and bacteria and can also lower the risk your baby has of developing asthma or allergies in the future. Breastfed babies have also been shown to have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and diarrhea within the first six months as well.

We have all heard about the benefits breastfeeding has for baby, but what about for the mother? Breastfeeding can actually help reduce a new mother’s stress levels and can even reduce the risk of postpartum depression.

Benefits for the New Mother

When a new mother breastfeeds her child, it is a very relaxing experience in which the baby can bond with the mother. The nursing also releases the oxytocin hormone which promotes relaxation. Reduced stress levels can lead to lower blood pressure and fewer health complications.

Breastfeeding can also help reduce your risk of developing certain kinds of cancer including breast and ovarian cancer.

Challenges

While the benefits that can be found for both baby and mother are great, there are still a few challenges that may creep in and hinder the experience. Some mothers fear that they will not be able to produce enough milk but in reality, your body will produce what the baby needs.

Another challenge some women face is when the baby will not latch on for breastfeeding. In these cases, there are a few things that a mother can do such as making sure the baby is comfortable and supported and have a little patience. If you get too overwhelmed, then a lactation expert can help guide you to a better solution.

If you are considering nursing, then there are also garments specifically designed to make the mother comfortable, and they provide easy access for nursing.

Susan Kuppens
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