This is the best time to learn about breastfeeding and to make a feeding decision for your baby ie what and how you would like to feed your baby.
Research shows that mothers / Families which acquire breastfeeding knowledge in the pregnancy period have higher breastfeeding rates and lower chances of breastfeeding challenges.
Pregnancy is the time to read and learn as much as you can about Breastfeeding.
You can get good breastfeeding information from:
Reputed websites( like La Leche League International, BSIM: Breastfeeding Support For Indian Mothers, Kelly Mom and BPNI : Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India).
Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes conducted by a LC .
Antenatal Lamaze Classes.
The following tips will help pique your interest and you will get a general idea about what to learn further about breastfeeding!
Is the process of feeding milk to your baby directly from your breasts, it’s the most natural and beneficial way to feed your baby.
Here is a list of some of the breastfeeding benefits for baby.
Colostrum or the early milk is a Special fluid, secreted by mother”s breast during 1st 3-4 days and it provides the baby with a lot of Immunity and Growth factors. COLOSTRUM is the FIRSTVACCINE FOR THE BABY.
Breastmilk provides optimum amount of nutrients needed by a new born baby
Your Breastmilk is tailor made for your baby and keeps changing with the time of day, seasons, baby’s age, baby’s health etc.
Breastmilk promotes optimal brain development, thus breastfed babies have a better IQ.
Breastfeeding protects from Ear infections.
Breastfeeding is protective against Diarrhoeal and Respiratory illnesses.
Breastfeeding is a great way to bond with your baby.
Breastfed babies have significantly lower incidence of Colic.
There are lots of benefits to mothers as well.
Mothers heal better when they breastfeed.
Getting back to Pre-pregnancy self is much easier.
Breastfeeding lowers incidence of many types of cancers in mother, the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater is the protection.
Breastfeeding Protects mothers from Osteoporosis .
Breastfeeding decreases the chance of anaemia in mothers
Successful breastfeeding leads to a much lower incidence of PostPartum Depression.
Breastfeeding decreases the chance of a Gestational Diabetic lady in progressing to Frank Diabetes.
COMMON MYTHS / MISCONCEPTIONS that affect Breastfeeding.
Some mothers might not produce adequate milk for their baby.
Flat nipples need to be pulled out to breastfeed successfully.
Its not possible to feed after C-SEC on Day 1.
One should make the child accustomed to bottle and formula since the beginning.
Eating some particular things can ..increase/ decrease milk supply.
Mother needs to restrict her diet while breastfeeding.
Pumps are bad for breasts.
Expressing out milk spoils the milk.
Formula milk and breastmilk are same !
My mother/ sister had problem breastfeeding, Its genetic!