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Breastfeeding - Tips, Benefits for the Mother and the Baby


Breastfeeding - Tips, Benefits for the Mother and the Baby 

Breastfeeding is also known as Nursing which means feeding a baby with a woman's breast milk. It should begin within the first hour of the baby's birth. All the medical experts recommend only breast milk in the first six months of the baby's life as it provides all the essential nutrients such as vitamins, proteins to the baby which are required for the healthy growth and development of the baby. Breast milk is also easily digested than formulas. 


Breastfeeding benefits for mother and baby






Breastfeeding Benefits

Breast milk contains all the vital nutrients which are required for the healthy growth and development of the baby after birth. Breastfeeding is beneficial not only for babies but for mothers also. 


Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mother

Breastfeeding is very beneficial for both the mother and her baby. Some amazing benefits of Breastfeeding for mother are:

  • Breastfeeding helps a mother in losing her pregnancy weight faster.
  • Breastfeeding is also a good way to make a special bonding with your newborn.
  • Breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size and also helps in reducing the uterine bleeding after delivery.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of Ovarian Cancer.
  • It reduces the risk of Haemmorhage after delivery.
  • It releases a hormone called Oxytocin which helps in reducing the uterine bleeding after birth.
  • It also reduces the risk of Osteoporosis.
  • Breastfeeding helps to delay the return of your period.
  • It also reduces the risk of Breast Cancer.




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Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby

Breast milk provides all the essential nutrients to the babies which they require to grow. The health benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby are:

  • Breast milk contains all the essential vitamins, proteins that are required for the proper growth and development of the baby in the first six months of his/her life.
  • Breast milk is the perfect food for babies and is also easily digested than formula.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity in childhood and later in life.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of having allergies, infections or asthma in babies even later in life.
  • Breastfed infants gain the right amount of weight. 
  • It contains antibodies that help a baby to fight against diseases as the baby's own immune system develops in the first year.




Breastfeeding Tips

To make breastfeeding comfortable good position and attachment are required. If your baby is well attached to your breast during breastfeeding then you'll experience fewer breastfeeding problems such as cracked nipples, latching pain, etc. Some of the Breastfeeding Tips are:

  • Sit in a comfortable position and you can also use pillows to support your back during breastfeeding.
  • Hold your baby close against you.
  • Support your baby with your hands and make sure that your baby feels secure and comfortable during breastfeeding.
  • Bring your baby to your breast.
  • Try to change the breastfeeding position from time to time.
  • Offer the other breast when the first one is completely empty.







What is Colostrum?

The first milk from your breasts which is thick and yellowish in color is called Colostrum. Colostrum is very rich in antibodies and proteins which gives your baby a perfect start in life. That's why it's essential to breastfeeding the first milk to your baby. After a few days after delivery, mature breast milk replaces the colostrum.





How often a baby should be feed in a day?

During the first 4 weeks of life, feed your baby 8 to 12 times a day. And after that breastfeed your little one 7 to 9 times a day. You can feed your baby whenever he/she shows signs of hunger.
Breastfeeding is a natural process but sometimes you may experience some problems during breastfeeding. 


The Breastfeeding experience is different for every woman so if you're experiencing any difficulties during breastfeeding contact your lactation consultant for help with such breastfeeding problems.


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