4 things you should know about breastfeeding
Our Grapevine and Fort Worth ObGyns recommend that mothers breastfeed their babies during the first six months of life. Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mother and baby. We’ve outlined four things you should know about breastfeeding to highlight the reasons why we recommend it to our patients.
- Breastfeeding provides the elements your baby needs for his or her growth and development.
Your breast milk is truly special because it contains the perfect amount of minerals, sugar, protein and water that a baby needs for growth and development. It also contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and other fatty acids that researchers believe are important for your baby’s brain and eyes as they develop.
- The breast milk your body provides through breastfeeding changes as your baby grows.
In the days following a baby’s birth, breast milk is a thicker, yellow substance called colostrum. Colostrum provides your baby exactly what he or she needs in the first few days, including antibodies and nutrients. Three to four days after you give birth, the colostrum changes to breast milk that completely covers a baby’s nutritional needs. As your baby’s appetite grows, your body will produce more breast milk to satisfy those needs.
- Even if you are only able to breastfeed for a short time, it will benefit your baby.
Our Grapevine and Fort Worth ObGyns encourage moms to breastfeed for the first six months, but we also tell moms that any amount of breastfeeding provides benefits.
- Breastfeeding is beneficial for moms, too.
When you breastfeed, the amount of oxytocin in your body increases, which can help your uterus return to its original pre-pregnancy shape and size. There are other benefits, too.
- Breastfeeding helps decrease postpartum bleeding.
- It may reduce your risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.
- It burns additional calories.
Clearly, breastfeeding is beneficial for both mother and baby. Our Grapevine and Fort Worth ObGyns know that you may have questions and concerns, and we’re here to help. We deliver babies at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, and they offer breastfeeding classes to help moms-to-be prepare. La Leche League is also a good resource.Tweet