While making your decision to breastfeed is a personal matter it is without doubt one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Many have strong views on the topic, but the research keeps demonstrating that it is the best start for both you and your baby. Midwives recommend it … What is all the fuss about?…A day doesn’t go by without some article appearing in the Social Media causing some concern about breastfeeding. While it is something that both you and baby have to learn how to do….….It is a natural process. Why are we complicating it? Let’s explore it further…
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breastmilk provides the best start for your baby. It is the perfect nutrition. It has the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat and is easily digested .Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria and it lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and as a result you will have fewer trips to the GP. Childhood obesity is becoming a serious issue in this country and the research has proven that breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than becoming overweight children.
Are There Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother?
Breastfeeding burns extra calories… at least 500! It releases the hormone oxytocin which helps reduces your risk of bleeding. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer and it lowers your risk of osteoporosis too. It saves money and you are helping the carbon footprint. It also helps enhance your bond with your baby!
- Early days are learning days. Give yourself time. Babies quickly learn where their food comes from. Practice makes perfect. Your technique will improve every day.
- Don’t feel confined. You can feed anywhere in a discreet fashion.
- Social support is very important. Join a Breastfeeding Support Group while you are pregnant.
Mother to mother support is invaluable when learning this new skill. You can live in a city and feel lonely. You will make new friends too. All breastfeeding support numbers are available on www.breastfeeding.ie or in your hospital information pack
- A Lactation Consultant is available in the Maternity Unit and she has a Drop In Clinic every Tuesday from 12md to 14.00hrs.
- Breastfeeding even for a short time will help protect your baby’s health. Every breastfeed makes a difference.
- If babies arrive earlier than expected, the best way to help them to adapt to the outside world is to give them breastmilk. The term used for this Breast milk is “LIQUID GOLD” because it is invaluable. It have extra antibodies that helps your baby fight infection!
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. You may meet some challenges but it will be worth it. Preparation is key. There are many groups in your Community who will help and support you in your decision to breastfeed your baby. Give them a call….La Leche League, Cuidiu, Public Health Nurse Groups. Have confidence in your own ability.
- Give It A Go!
You rarely regret what you do
You always regret what you don’t do