Breastfeeding : Perfect Nutrition For Your Baby

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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Breastfeeding is the perfect way to give an infant everything he or she needs upon entering this world.

The first milk that comes into a mother's breast, is full of colostrum, low in fat and rich in nutrients, including antibodies. Colostrum is very digestible and a newborn's digestive system can be sluggish. Colostrum has a laxative effect, helps clear the body of toxins and basically contains the perfect balance of proteins and carbohydrates, to facilitate growth. Antibodies are important because they help fight infection and disease.

Breast milk contains everything a baby needs to thrive. It delivers complete nutrition and besides being the perfect food, breastfeeding has many other significant benefits.

Babies need physical comfort. Being close to mother's warm body, feeding at the breast, provides a safe, secure environment. This kind of contact on a regular basis, calms a fussy baby and provides intervals of rest, a welcome respite for both baby and mother. Bonding between mother and child is facilitated and when baby becomes agitated or frightened, the breast becomes a quiet refuge...a place to not only receive nourishment, but to be cuddled and soothed.

Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding their babies. After birth, it helps the uterus contract to its previous size and burns up calories. Breastfeeding is known to reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Tired moms are forced to relax, maybe even nap, while feeding. It's Nature's way of saying, slow down and enjoy the precious addition to your family!

Breastfeeding is also downright economical...no formula to purchase, or bottles to sterilize. Doctors recommend trying to breastfeed your baby for at least six months, and with the available option of being able to pump and store breast milk, nowadays working mothers can more readily choose to breast feed.

For more information on breastfeeding, go to www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding


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