Benefits and Tips for Breastfeeding
- Healing Post Delivery:
The Oxytocin produced when your little nurses helps the uterus contract which reduces post-delivery blood loss. And it will help your uterus return to normal size more quickly.
- Long Term Protection:
Breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk at developing type I diabetes, celiac disease, and crohns disease.
- Ideal Nutrition For Babies:
Breastmilk contains everything your baby needs for the first six months of life, or longer, with the possible exception of Vitamin D.
- Lower Risk of Depression:
Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to develop postpartum depression. They have increased amounts of oxytocin in their system, which encourages caregiving, relaxation, and bonding between a mother and her little.
Now those are just a few benefits a mother and baby would get from breastfeeding! Now I know some mommas have a hard time producing enough breastmilk, or feel that their supply of milk is low. Here's a few tips on how to help with that:
- Cope with Stress : Stress affects the milk supply, so try to get some extra time in to sleep and try some relaxing techniques. Try to find a way to deal with the stress.
- Skin-To-Skin: When you nurse, go skin-to-skin. Let your little be in just their diaper and take off your shirt and bra, wrap a blanket around the two of you and nurse away. Great bonding for mamma and baby, and it helps release more hormones that produce milk as well as the milk ejector hormones.
- Match your pumping to your baby's feeding schedule: If your baby is eating every three hours, pump every three hours as well and pump right after your little has fed.
- SLEEP!: Take it easy physically and nap when you can. Your body is working to produce milk and it needs rest too.
Those are just a few benefits mom and baby would get from breastfeeding as well as some tips for those moms that feel they are low on milk!