What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
Helps to reduce your baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Helps your baby fight infections because of the antibodies in your breast milk. Breastfeeding can help protect your baby against tummy bugs (gastroenteritis), colds, chest infections and ear infections. Helps your baby develop beneficial bacterial gut flora. Breast milk can help your baby to recover from illness more quickly. Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby.
When can I start to breastfeed?
Most infants are ready to breastfeed within the first hour of when they are born. The first set of milk (or pre-milk) that is produced is called colostrum and is packed full of antibodies, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. During the first days when your baby is born, the colostrum is all the baby needs. It provides all the water, protein, and sugar your baby needs. Breast milk is more easily absorbed and quicker to digest than formula. This is why breastfed infants typically have fewer problems with constipation and stomach upset, but as a result will require more feedings.
How do I know when to breastfeed?
It is best to breastfeed whenever your baby is hungry. Your baby will give you certain cues as to when they are hungry. Every baby is different, but after awhile you will learn to recognize these cues. Most babies need to feed at least 8 times during a 24 hour period.
Do I have to eat and drink more when I’m breastfeeding?
Yes, you do. Breastfeeding can be nutritionally demanding on your body. In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, it is important to eat a healthy and varied diet with at least 2500 calories a day. However, it can be difficult to get all the necessary nutrition from food. Taking supplements, like Prenatal Ease Nursing, can help ensure that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals necessary for proper breast milk production.