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Bond with Baby Through Breast

Breastfeeding provides tons of benefits for both mom and baby. If you can physically breastfeed then why not? Mother’s milk is already perfectly formulated for your baby. There is no guesswork involved. The right amount of nutrients are already included.

Not only does your baby benefit from breastfeeding, but you will too. Your baby will have less gas, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel issues. They will have stronger immune systems so there is less risk of health problems like: allergies, asthma, diabetes, cancer and more. Baby’s face and teeth develop better, there is a lesser risk of childhood obesity and SIDS and it is even linked to a higher IQ!

As for mom, breastfeeding is a huge way to bond with baby. It also reduces the risk of disease, like ovarian and breast cancers. Not to mention how convenient and economical it is, breastfeeding also helps you lose that baby weight quicker. It reduces bleeding and promotes uterine contractions after birth, too.

Moms Can’t Forget To:

Eat! – Healthy regular meals/snacks. If you skip meals it will drain you of energy and effect you milk production. You need the extra calories when feeding. Your baby will start to strip your body of it’s nutrients if you don’t supply your milk with nutrients from the food you eat.

Hydrate – We can easily forget to drink and feeding moms can get dehydrated quickly. Leave bottles (BPA free!) in every room with fresh drinking water.

Shower – Take time for daily hygiene. It can make you feel human again. Docs recommend showers over bathing to prevent infection. You can always take your baby into the bathroom with you and lay them on a changing mat on the floor if you are alone. As they become bigger you could use a bouncy chair, as once they start rolling, the bathroom floor is not the place for your baby!

(A helpful tip is to shower 20 minutes after a feed and change, they will more than likely be at their most content).

Share Feedings – Once breastfeeding is established, you can bottle enough milk for a feed, allowing your partner to feed baby. It allows your partner to bond with baby as well. Wait 4-6 weeks before introducing a bottle, some babies get nipple confusion and may not want to take the breast after they learn how much easier it is to get milk from a bottle than the breast. Don’t wait more than 6-8 weeks, if you wait too long some babies wont take the bottle at all. You can also speak to a lactation consultant if you have questions and need more advice.

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Winifred M. Reilly, M.A., MFT

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