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Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding Benefits your baby is the most natural and amazing ways!

While you are pregnant and after having your baby, your body has naturally prepared itself to feed your baby. It is the most natural bodily function for a woman to breastfeed after she has given birth, and the benefits are endless for both baby and mum.

Of course, there are circumstances that do not allow the new mother to be able to breastfeed and alternatives such as expressing and bottle feeding formula are both absolutely safe and wonderful for your baby too.

Breastfeeding Benefits

Mothers milk holds all the nutrients your baby needs for the first 6 months of life, absolutely nothing else is needed, hence shopping couldn't be easier, Breastfeeding also is the perfect opportunity for the new mother to bond and connect deeply with her baby skin to skin.

Breast milk is constantly at the perfect temperature for the baby, and is on tap for whenever the baby needs feeding, especially at night! Breast milk contains natural defences that help to build the babies natural immune system, offering strong defences against dis-ease.

Mothers milk will make special antibodies as soon as any contact with an infection occurs. This makes mum the perfect natural remedy for her baby!

Mums figure will return more rapidly (always a seller!), as the excess fat from the final stages of pregnancy is immediately used to make the milk. Also the uterus falls back into shape quickly givign a flatter tummy (another good seller!).

Breast milk contains essential bowel flora which will establish the correct balance of flora in the new baby's gut and colon. This is an essential part of baby's future life and future health.

Essential fatty acids in mother's milk are vital for brain development, and it has been said that breastfeeding can make your baby more intelligent?

In addition to all of that, the breastfeeding mum will have a reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer and problems with osteoporosis.

Having a new baby can be overwhelming and some new mothers can find the thought of breastfeeding too overwhelming. Having a difficult, long or traumatic birth, or suffering from post natal depression can make breastfeeding harder to manage. There are lots of ways to get support with this. Doulas are a fabulous support system are the different organisations listed below. Your health visitor and midwife will there to support you too and help you to establish successful breastfeeding with your baby if it is what you want. Persevere, it is so worth it in the end!

Top Breastfeeding Diet Tips

Eat lots and eat well!

You need extra calories when you are breastfeeding so make them good ones. I found that having lots of healthy and nutritious snacks available helped no end such as nuts and seeds, dried fruits and humus! Flax oil and seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and walnuts are great as are dried apricots and prunes!

Try and eat lots of greens and salads to keep your iron and magnesium levels high and drink LOTS of water!

We found that small meals were easier to handle than cooking large meals so mackerel on toast and salmon salads were our favourites! If you don't eat and drink then the milk won't come... eat, enjoy it and be happy with it!

Please note that it is not at all advisable to detox or diet whilst breastfeeding!

NOTE: There is nothing wrong with bottle feeding! It is just a different route, and perfectly suitable for your baby! Baby Formula has been designed to be as close to breast milk as possible and contains all the vital nutrients that you your baby needs!

A happy mummy = a happy baby!

This is a really good informative page from a great Mummy! http://www.babychangingstation.com/breastfeeding/

La Leche League
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
Breastfeeding Network
National Childbirth Trust: