The way you feed your newborn is a big decision to make before giving birth. You could use formula or choose to breastfeed. While both options are suitable, breastfeeding offers many positive benefits for the baby and breastfeeding individual.
Whether you’re a new parent or breastfeeding for the first time in a while, having support with breastfeeding is encouraging. At Seasons Midwifery, we support parents’ feeding choices and encourage families to try breastfeeding before ruling it out.
Why Is Breastfeeding Important?
Breastfeeding can be an essential factor in babies’ and lactating parents’ health. It’s a natural way for babies to receive the nutrients they need when feeding. Breast milk develops nutrients with immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against illnesses and diseases for both the parent and child.
Breastfeeding has numerous advantages for the parent and child.
How Breastfeeding Benefits the Baby
Breastfeeding helps babies’ health improve as they feed. For babies, breast milk:
- Is easily digestible and changes nutrients based on the baby’s needs.
- Helps reduce chances of food allergies, asthma, eczema, diarrhea and ear infections.
- Boosts health and immunity.
- Aids in crucial bonding time.
How Breastfeeding Benefits the Parent
Parents that breastfeed reduce their risk for certain poor health conditions, including significantly decreased rates of:
- High blood pressure.
- Breast and ovarian cancer.
- Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
- High cholesterol.
- Heart attacks.
Breastfeeding New Mothers
When you’re a new parent, you have to make many decisions, including how you want to feed your newborn. Studying reliable information about breastfeeding new mothers can help you make the final decision if you’re considering breastfeeding. There are many resources to help you learn about breastfeeding and people you can rely on for support.
A professional can help you with latching, positioning and offering guidance for breastfeeding once you’re home.
Find Support With Breastfeeding at Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center
At Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center, our professionals have extensive training and knowledge regarding breastfeeding, so they can help you during the prenatal and postpartum stages. We can offer you the guidance and education you need for successful breastfeeding if you’re new to the process.
You’ll receive support with breastfeeding through our training, so you’re ready to feed on your own once after giving birth. Contact us to learn more about breastfeeding and get in touch with one of our experts today.