Breastfeeding is an art that takes time to master. Luckily, practice makes new mom perfect at nursing. But breastfeeding is also part of a journey that scares us, excites us, and makes us wonder or worry about what’s coming next.
It’s normal to feel your head filled with questions. That’s why we have put together this list of Q&A related to breastfeeding. We will start with some of the most crucial ones and then move on to other questions you might have.
Feel free to jump to the question that bugs you at the moment, or contact us to request more!
Note: We’ll be referring to you as a powerful mom, but we encourage all powerful dads to learn more about what lies ahead in your journey as new parents. :)
Note 2: Since the use of he/she and him/her can be distracting, this guide often uses “he/him/his” when referring to the baby.
- Why is breastfeeding important?
- What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
- What are the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers?
- Is breastfeeding better than formula?
Answers:Why is breastfeeding important?
Breastfeeding is a process that facilitates your bonding with your child. Your breastmilk is all the food your baby needs, always at the right temperature and filled with all the best nutrients.
Here are a few reasons why breastfeeding is so important:
- Breastfeeding supports a healthy growth and development of your baby;
- Breastmilk is the only food your baby needs for the first 6 months after birth;
- Breastmilk is always fresh, clean, and the right temperature;
- Your breastmilk changes over time to best suit your baby’s changing needs;
- Breastmilk protects your baby from some common illnesses;
There are many benefits to breastfeeding. We have listed some of the most extraordinary ones:
- Antibodies and immunities: breast milk contains natural substances that protect your baby from common viruses and infections. Human milk also helps to prevent the effects of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed babies often have fewer allergies, colds, ear and stomach problems;
- Stronger bonding: breastfeeding allows for a stronger bonding between you and your baby. You can hear his heartbeat and breathing while nursing. Not to mention that you’ll often have skin-to-skin contact with each other. Make sure that you’re nursing in a cozy and quiet place to enjoy this special moment with your baby;
- Time-saving and convenient: you can breastfeed at any time, as you don’t need extra supplies or preparation. Breast milk is always clean and the right temperature for your baby. It also costs much less than formula;
- Healthier option: sucking milk from your breast is an effort that promotes the development of your baby’s jaws, gums, and teeth. Breastfeeding also stimulates his sense of smell and taste. Breastfed babies are also less likely to turn into overweight children;
- Easier digestion: breast milk is easier to digest than formula, especially for premature babies;
You and your baby both benefit from breastfeeding. For example, each time you breastfeed, your body releases a hormone called “oxytocin,” which boosts your feeling of happiness and comfort.
Here are other benefits of breastfeeding for mothers:
- Lower risk of ovarian cancer;
- Lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes;
- Lower chance of postpartum depression;
- Lower risk of breast cancer before menopause;
- More vital protection against bone fractures in older age;
- Quick restoration of the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size;
- More calories burnt and a higher chance of returning to your pre-pregnancy weight quickly;
Breast milk is nature’s formula and the perfect food for a baby. The amounts and proportions of carbohydrates, protein, and fat found in breast milk are perfect for what your baby needs to grow.
Sounds too good? Just think that your breast milk contains over 100 nutrients and other ingredients. Not to mention that breast milk is easy to digest.
There’s simply no formula that can match the perfect nutrition mix of breast milk. Of course, sometimes you don’t have a choice and need to rely on formulas. However, when you can, try to stick to breastfeeding your baby as much as you can.
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