If you’re a new or expecting mother, you may have heard many other moms talk about breastfeeding and you may wonder if it’s the right option for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is different for every mom, but if it’s something you’re interested in pursuing, it’s important to understand the basics of breastfeeding and what it means for you and your baby.
When Does Breastfeeding Begin?
Breastfeeding should hopefully start as soon as possible after your baby is born. You should attempt to start your first breastfeeding within an hour of your baby being born. Most babies will be very interested in nursing within the first few hours of life. The more you attempt to breastfeed, the more milk your breast will begin to produce. Breastfeeding as soon as possible is also a good idea because most hospitals will have lactation consultants at the ready if you should have any concerns or questions.
Breastfeeding is different for every parent, but it helps to encourage a connection between you and your baby. Breastfeeding can also help protect both you and your child against certain illnesses and diseases. Breast milk changes as your baby grows and will adjust to help meet your baby’s nutritional needs. It can also help reduce the risk of certain issues in both the baby and the mom. Breast milk is also often the best source of nutrition for most babies.
Some common issues that breastfeeding reduces the risk of for your baby include:
Type 1 diabetes
Breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure for mothers.
Contact Your Doctor Today!
To learn more about breastfeeding and how it can benefit both you and your baby, contact your doctor at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, today at (615) 329-3595