So there has been so much buzzing around the topic of breastfeeding lately and it’s making many moms and moms to be anxious and confused. All the hype and craziness is based on lack of education and the stigma that surrounds breastfeeding. In my opinion breast is absolutely best for many reasons. Let’s start with discussing just a few.
Colostrum also known as “liquid gold” is the super concentrated liquid that the breasts contain the first few days after delivery. It is rich in nutrients and antibodies, which play a key role in the immune system. These antibodies help protect your baby against many infections. also colostrum acts as a natural laxative for your baby. It helps your baby pass that first tarry, sticky stool known as meconium. Then milk changes as your baby grows. Colostrum changes into mature milk usually by day 3-5 depending on frequency of feeding. It is thinner than colostrum,but still contains the nutrients and antibodies that you baby needs to grow. In addition, studies have proven that breastfeeding has long term benefits for both mom and baby. Breastfed babies have lower risks of asthma, childhood leukemia, ear infections, type 2 diabetes and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) just to name a few. Mothers that breastfeed have lower risk of type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and some types of breast cancer.
Breastfed babies have lower risks of asthma, childhood leukemia, ear infections, type 2 diabetes and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
Now with all that said, it is crucial that educate ourselves or seek someone to help educate us on methods of breast milk delivery and breastfeeding techniques that will assist us in this process. Breastfeeding isn’t easy but we owe it to ourselves and our babies to try it. Breasts serve to nourish our babies and we cannot let the stigma placed on it by society take that away.
I know that some moms don’t breastfeed for other reasons, but I urge that these women look into alternative methods of expressing breast milk for there babies.