Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding, also called nursing, offers numerous benefits to babies and their moms. Breast milk provides the perfect balance of nutrients babies need for growth and development. It also promotes bonding between mother and child. However, as beneficial as breastfeeding is, it is not always easy. That’s why the skilled and caring pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, provide breastfeeding help. 

Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are several benefits to breastfeeding for both mother and baby, especially when nursing continues for at least the first six months. Some of the primary advantages of breastfeeding include: 

  • Breastmilk is easily digested by babies
  • Provides an optimal balance of nutrients for most babies
  • Gives baby key antibodies to prevent infections and diseases
  • Reduces the risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and ear infections in babies
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers in mothers
  • Helps with postpartum weight loss by shrinking the uterus and burning calories 
  • Promotes a deep connection between mother and baby

Breastfeeding Challenges

Breastfeeding is an excellent way to nourish your little one, while also bonding. However, although breastfeeding is a natural experience, it is not always easy and can be challenging for some mothers and babies. The experienced pediatricians at our pediatric office in Nashville, TN, offer breastfeeding help to make the process easier. 

Some challenges mothers or babies might experience with breastfeeding include:

  • Baby has a difficult time latching onto the breast and is not getting enough milk
  • The breasts have become engorged with milk, which can be painful
  • Mom is experiencing discomfort during breastfeeding
  • Mom is not producing enough breast milk 

There are many benefits to breastfeeding, but certain challenges can make it difficult to continue. If you are having trouble with breastfeeding, we can help. For assistance with breastfeeding in Nashville, TN, schedule an appointment with one of our kind and caring pediatricians by calling Pediatric Associates of Davidson County at (615) 329-3595.

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