Breastfeeding can provide several benefits to both mother and baby
Breastfeeding is a personal choice and while there are many benefits, new mothers should not feel forced or pressured to do it.
One important benefit is bonding. The close skin to skin contact, especially early on, helps the baby bond with his/her mother.
The initial thick yellow colored milk is called colostrum. Colostrum is filled with lots of nutrients and immune boosters for baby.
As milk becomes more white, it still carries lots of nutrients and immunity that mother can pass on to baby.
Breastfeeding is a calorie burner and helps many mothers lose a significant amount of pregnancy weight.
Breastfeeding for more than 6 months can be protective for developing breast cancer later in mother’s life.
If you are interested in breastfeeding, feel free to talk with your doctor or a lactation specialist to get more information.