According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) its benefits for both mother and baby are many.
Breastfeeding promotes the growth and healthy development of infants. It provides not only the best possible nutrition, but also protects your baby by increasing their immunity against many childhood diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until your baby is at least six months old. Along with those already mentioned, here are a few of the advantages.
- Provides all nutrients for physical and mental development
- Confers a healthy immunity by anti-infective constituents in colostrum and breastmilk which helps build the infant’s immune system
- Prevents infections caused by germs that contaminate artificial feeding bottles
- Reduces the risk of developing obesity and allergies
Not only is breastfeeding good for your baby, but studies have shown that it is good for moms, too. Breastfeeding has been shown to:
- Help mothers recover from childbirth more quickly
- Reduce fertility by delaying returned ovulation after birth resulting in wider child spacing and safer childbearing
- Reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease
- Release two beneficial hormones: Prolactin that allows you to relax by producing a sensation of peace and nurturing; and Oxytocin that enhances the sense of love and attachment you feel when you and your baby are connected through breastfeeding.
At Carolina OB/GYN, we endorse breastfeeding. While we know that it is not for everyone, we do feel that it is extremely beneficial. From discussing feeding options to sharing with you the best positions and techniques, our providers and midwives are here to help.
Breastfeeding is a natural process, but it can take some time for you and your baby to learn. Talk to us early in your pregnancy about the best options for you and your baby.