When a mother makes the choice to breastfeed, bottle feed, or do a combination of both it is the best gift that you can give your child. The gift of breastfeeding helps the mother as well, the mother can fight certain form of cancers, lose baby weight, bonding experience for both you and baby, and it is the best milk that comes from the mother that helps in the baby’s development. As a new mother it is your responsibility to make sure that your baby will get off to a good nutritional start: With your choice to breastfeed , you have joined a very special group of women around the world who feel that this is the best gift for their baby. Breastfeeding will also promote wellness in your infant due to the presence of antibodies in breast milk. Your choice to breastfeed is a personal decision, do not let others make up your mind for you, and do not give up before, during, or after leaving the hospital. You will hear pros and cons of breastfeeding from your mother, best friend, co worker, social media, and just general conversation among other mothers, however it is up to you to give the gift of breastfeeding to your baby.
Look deep inside yourself and decide what you want to do. At the end of the day, whatever you decide for you and your baby is your choice and the benefits are priceless. If you choose to breastfeed you should become well informed about breastfeeding from your health care provider, Doula, midwife, and take breastfeeding classes. If you choose to give birth in a hospital setting, be sure to check for a lactation consultant. Attend a breastfeeding support group either online or in person at your local hospital or community group. The benefits of breastfeeding are easily digested, perfectly matched nutrition, filled with antibodies transferred from mother that protect against infection. Benefits for mother convenient, economical, helpful with the process of the uterus returning to its normal size. Benefits for both mother and baby, breastfeeding can be a beautiful and intimate way a mother can build a bond with her baby, breastfeeding can contribute to a very special and loving relationship. Colostrum is the first gift that your baby receives soon after delivery it is commonly called “Liquid Gold,” colostrum can be yellow or clear in color, very high in protein, easily digested, clears the baby’s intestinal tract beneficial in loosening mucous in baby, provides protection by containing antibodies and passive immunities. Do not be afraid to ask questions about breastfeeding from your lactation consultant or mid wife. Do not think that you cannot continue to breastfeed if you are planning to go back to work, do not give up!