Breast Feeding Basics


Breast feeding is the best choice you can make for your baby's health. Breast milk contains all of the essential nutrients that your baby needs in the early stages of his life. Babies are almost never allergic to their mother's breast milk. This is very important where there may be a family history of allergies. Breast fed infants will come down with fewer colds, ear infections and other illnesses because of the immunological content of breast milk.

Beyond the physical benefits of breast feeding, you should consider the emotional benefits also. Breast feeding encourages a strong mother-baby relationship. There is the opportunity to cuddle and adore your beautiful newborn. Your baby is also given an increased sense of security and comfort in knowing that you are there for him. Perhaps another benefit is the quicker recovery offered to the mother. Breast feeding is better for mother’s body. It helps to shrink your uterus back to pre-pregnancy size more quickly. You will also burn upwards of an extra 500 calories a day. So all of your motives need not be selfless ones!

When to start breastfeeding..

Many experts now believe that, if everything is normal, you should nurse as soon after birth as possible. But don't become concerned of you and baby are not successful at first. You both have just been a very difficult experience and exhaustion may far outweigh your baby's need to nurse. If you don't get around to feeding in the delivery room, have the baby brought to your room after all preparations have been made. The early feedings will consist of the first milk called colostrum. This milk contains important antibodies that will help boost your baby's immune system. Baby's sucking will stimulate milk production, and your milk will come in any day between the second and sixth day. In the meanwhile don't worry that your baby is not getting enough to eat. Your milk supply is tailored to your baby's needs and you won't produce any more or any less than your baby needs.