We are thrilled to be celebrating National Breastfeeding Month! This month is special to us as a group of physicians as it allows us to emphasize the unparalleled benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies.
Breast milk is a remarkable source of nutrition, offering an array of vital nutrients and antibodies that protect infants from infections and boost their immune systems. From the maternal perspective, breastfeeding is not only a beautiful bonding experience but also promotes postpartum healing and reduces the risk of certain cancers and chronic conditions.
During this month, we encourage all expectant and new mothers to consider breastfeeding and explore the countless resources available to support them on this journey. As healthcare providers, we stand committed to empowering and educating women about breastfeeding's profound impact, contributing to healthier and thriving generations to come.
Be sure to check out more in depth reads on breastfeeding below:
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has countless benefits, but some of the main reasons to consider breastfeeding your infant are the cells, hormones, and antibodies found in breast milk. These will help to protect your baby from many illnesses during infancy and throughout adult life. It is also important to note that breast milk will change daily to meet your baby’s unique needs. This happens by way of the baby’s saliva entering the mother’s body via the nipple during feeding. Once a baby's saliva enters the mother’s body, changes will biologically occur to provide what the baby needs.
Answers to Common Breastfeeding Questions
Why should I breastfeed? How do I breastfeed? Does breastfeeding hurt? We have the answers to these questions and many more.
Common Issues Experienced When Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has amazing benefits for both the mother and the baby, but there are some common issues that may be experienced when breastfeeding, such as low milk production, sore nipples, blocked milk duct and more.
How Do I Know if My Baby is Getting Enough Milk?
Breastfeeding is unlike bottle-feeding, where you can visibly see how much Baby has eaten. With breastfeeding, that is not an option. Your physicians are here to help. Let us explain some signs you can look for to ensure your baby is getting enough breastmilk and signals when it is time to consult your doctor.
Bonding With Your Newborn
If you choose to breastfeed, it provides a unique opportunity for bonding. Nursing creates a physical and emotional connection between you and your baby, promoting feelings of closeness and security.