Breast feeding

Breastfeeding benefits both mother and baby, Breastfeeding or nursing is feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman's breast.

  • Breastfeeding should be started during the hour after birth and allowed as the baby wishes. During the first few weeks of life babies may nurse eight to twelve times a day. The duration of a feeding is usually ten to fifteen minutes on each breast.
  • Don't be afraid if baby consume less milk with increase in days as the frequency of feeding decreases as the child gets older.
  • Breast milk is made from nutrients in the mother's bloodstream and bodily stores. Breast milk has an optimal balance of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby's growth and development.
  • Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes.

The average breastfed baby doubles its birth weight in 5 to 6 months. By one year, a typical breastfed baby weighs about 2½ times its birth weight. At one year, breastfed babies tend to be leaner than formula-fed babies, which improves long-run health.

Benefits for Mother

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that "tobacco smoking by mothers is not a contraindication to breastfeeding."  In addition, AAP states that while breastfeeding mothers "should avoid the use of alcoholic beverages", an "occasional celebratory single, small alcoholic drink is acceptable, but breastfeeding should be avoided for 2 hours after the drink."

  • Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster.
  • Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
  • It may lower your risk of  osteoporosis, too.
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