Have you made the decision to breastfeed but are unsure of where to start or how to begin? I’ve been there… with all three, in fact. Each experience with my three children was different. My first born was premature and spent the first three months of his life in the NICU. My second was also born premature and spent a little over a month in the NICU. My third was born just at the cusp of full term and came home with me. They were all also breastfed for varying lengths of time. For my older two, we made it to six months. That was a combination of bottle and breast, but always with breastmilk. My youngest, on the other hand, is an extended breastfeeder. As I continue to plan out our breastfeeding journey, I wanted to share some of my best breastfeeding tips and advice with you.
There are a number of benefits, which result from breastfeeding for infants. Among them, immediate milk that does not have to be heated as it is already at body temperature. In addition, some experts believe that breastfeeding decreases the risk of certain ailments, while increasing the healthy development of teeth and gums.
Along with the infant, there are positive results that stem from breastfeeding for the mother. Among them, a nurturing feeling toward her infant, a quicker return to the mom’s pre-birth weight and may help to prevent certain illnesses later on in life.
Breastfeeding refers to the process by which a mother feeds her infant with milk directly from her breasts. Assuming the mother does not have certain illnesses, breast milk is widely believed to be the most beneficial for feeding young infants. It is even said that breastfeeding can strengthen the bond between mother and child.
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