Family Birth Services offers information, care, and instruction for any mother who is interested in breastfeeding, or nursing. Whether you have breastfed before or whether this will be a first-time experience for you, your midwife will be able to provide you with all the information and assistance you will need to make the experience successful and pleasant for you and your child.
How Breastfeeding Benefits Babies
Nursing has been shown to provide significant benefits for babies. Breast milk helps your baby to develop a strong immune system by providing natural antibodies that ward off bacteria and viruses. It has also been proven to decrease a baby's chances of developing allergies, ear infections, diarrhea, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, urinary tract infections, and a host of other health problems.
Mother's milk provides the ultimate nutrition for babies. They receive the vitamins and nutrients necessary for their systems to develop and their bodies to grow. The only vitamin that must be supplemented during this time is vitamin D. This is generally given to the infant via oral drops within the first month of life.
Breast milk has also been shown to help regulate a child's weight from infancy throughout their later years. Children who are breastfed have their risk of becoming obese in the future decreased by 4% for each month they nurse. Overall obesity rates in adults who were breastfed as babies are 15% to 30% lower than in those who were formula-fed.
How Breastfeeding Benefits Mommies
Mothers also benefit from the nursing process. Weight loss generally occurs more quickly for mothers who nurse. This is because the act of nursing burns calories, just like any other activity. It also helps the uterus to contract following birth, which is instrumental and helping it to return to its pre-pregnancy size (that of a pear).
Nursing has been proven to reduce the risk of postpartum depression, which can affect up to 15% of new mothers. It is believed that this is because nursing brings about hormonal changes that trigger feelings of maternal care, protectiveness, and bonding. The experience is one that is unequaled when it comes to developing a loving, nurturing bond between a mother and baby. Time spent cuddling while providing your child with life-sustaining nutrition is a unique and intimate experience.
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At Family Birth Services, your midwife will assist you in making sure that it is rewarding and beneficial to both you and your child. She will help you to discover the most comfortable positions while feeding, offer advice on any issues you may be having with discomfort as a result of nursing, and discuss with you proper nutrition while you are nursing.
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