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    First Time Mom's | Benefits of Breastfeeding

    First Time Mom's | Benefits of Breastfeeding

    Breastmilk is the original superfood.

    Every gulp your little one takes is turning them into a stronger, healthier, and smarter baby.

    Even before baby is born your body begins preparing to nourish your newborn. The breasts start to produce colostrum. This fluid is sometimes clear or light yellow and is sweet to the taste; earning the name “liquid gold.” Colostrum gives your baby the protein she needs to start growing immediately. And since it acts as a natural laxative your little one’s poopy diapers won’t be as stinky as formula fed babies. After your milk comes in fully the health benefits increase dramatically.

    Did you know that the milk your body produces in the morning is different than the night-time supply? The morning milk’s composition helps your little one wake up and have energy for the day, while the night time milk signals the brain - it’s bedtime.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) verifies that babies who breastfeed tend to suffer less from colic and sickness in general. If your baby does become sick, the bacteria in their saliva alerts your immune system to release anti-bodies through the breastmilk, to speed their recovery.

    It’s Good for Mom Too

    Nursing isn’t just good for the baby it also benefits you. The World Health Organization (WHO) documents that moms who breastfeed babies have stronger bones and a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancers. They also heal more quickly with a lower risk of infection after birth and have an easier time losing their baby weight.

    The average family spends over $1700 a year on baby formula. Breastfeeding is FREE! Even if chose to supplement with formula there is now doubt that nursing frees up cash for important things like a college fund or baby sitter for a date night.

    At Belly to Bosom we’re all about encouraging women to nurse their little ones. But we understand that every woman makes a choice whether to do it or not. Some new moms experience increased menstrual cramp, swollen ducts, low milk production and cracked - sore nipples. For some moms these “booby-traps” can overwhelm and discourage. But if you cannot nurse don’t lose heart - there are alternatives. Mothers from across the U.S. and Canada donate breast milk to Milk Banks. These Milk Banks regularly supply breastmilk to babies in need free of charge. For more information about Human Milk Banking visit their website at www.hmbana.org.

    Another organization making a difference is www.onlythebreast.com. Moms who need milk and moms who produce milk in abundance partner together for the sake of babies across America.

    Keep all of these benefits and alternatives in mind. And whatever you decide to do know that at Belly to Bosom we believe - You’re beautiful and You’ve got this!

    - Chelsea 

    World Breastfeeding Week!

    World Breastfeeding Week!

    Did you know that breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with all of the nutrients they need?

    This is 100% Correct. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding (exclusive means no formula is given, only breastmilk) starting within the first hour of birth. Many hospitals and birthing centers now encourage skin to skin time and introduce breastfeeding during this time. The first several feedings will give your baby colostrum, which includes an enormous amount of antibodies to protect your little one from diseases.

    The WHO also recommends that a mother breastfeeds her child at least the first 6 months and then to the age of 2 and beyond. "Beyond" looks different for most mothers, so do what feels right for you and your little one!

    Lactation consultants are very helpful if you are having difficulty getting the hang of things. Also, many women find that having a close friend or family member who breastfeeds can be a good source of support and understanding.

    At the end of the day, do what is best for your baby!

    World Health Organization Links Below: