Becoming a mother is one of the most magical things that will ever happen in your life. It’s also one of the scariest, most difficult things you’ll ever do. You’ve probably heard about the benefits that breastfeeding can have for your baby, but did you know that breastfeeding also has many benefits for mom, too?
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most important gifts you can give them. Health experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and continued breastfeeding with supplemental foods for up to two years. Here’s why:
- Breast milk provides complete nutrition for your baby.
- Contains important antibodies which can help protect your child against viruses and bacteria. Formula does not.
- May reduce the risk of your child getting sick, even after you’ve stopped.
- Breastfed babies usually maintain a healthy weight.
- Reduces child mortality rates.
- Lowers risk of developing food allergies.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom
Breastfeeding is important, but It’s not always easy. Breastfeeding takes practice, and sometimes intervention. We’ll talk about some ways you can help support your efforts to nurse your baby in just a bit, but first… Here are the benefits that breastfeeding can have for mom.
- May help you lose the baby weight faster.
- Increases your immune response so you don’t get sick as often, or as easily.
- May help decrease the risk of postpartum depression.
- Breastfeeding is free!
- May delay your period from returning for several months after birth.
- May help protect you from diseases such as breast cancer.
- You can take it with you wherever you go, no need to pack bottles or formula.
- Breastfeeding may help you bond quicker with your baby.
Help with Breastfeeding
Okay, so we know that breastfeeding is important for both baby and mom, but what if you are struggling with it? Many mothers have issues getting their baby to latch, making enough milk, and more. Here are some tips that can help.
- Take breastfeeding courses before birth to learn how to breastfeed the proper way.
- See a lactation consultant if you are having trouble with latching and your baby is losing weight.
- Try herbal support for your milk supply such as LactationBlend and Maternal Symmetry by Vitanica.
- Nurse evenly on each breast.
- Nurse often to keep your milk supply plentiful.
- Avoid pacifiers and bottles to prevent confusion.
Once you get the hang of it, most mothers cherish the time they spend with their baby while breastfeeding. It’s such an important gift for both of you. Keep trying, and good luck!