The Advantages of Breastfeeding During The First Six Months of Life
Breastfeeding can evoke feelings of success, failure, frustration, and bliss. Some liken breastfeeding to a full-time job and feel overwhelmed by the added pressure. Others love the peaceful moments of bonding with their baby. Either way, the resulting advantages offer protection against several potential health issues, for baby and mother alike.
Here's What You Need To Know:
- Breastmilk is designed to perfectly meet and adapt to a baby's needs for the first six months of life.
- Attempt breastfeeding and latching within the first hour of life, or as soon as possible.
- Nursing also benefits the mother, aiding in her recovery from birth and preventing diseases.
- Don’t suffer through pain, supply, or latching issues. Seek help from a lactation consultant as soon as you experience any challenges or discomfort.
- Avoid pacifiers and bottles with nipples until a baby’s latch is well-established and mother’s milk has come in fully.
Why Breastfeeding Matters:
Breastmilk perfectly meets and adapts to a baby’s needs for the first six months of life and beyond. Often referred to as “liquid gold,” it is a nutrient-rich food that provides a bounty of benefits. Breastfeeding and the nursing relationship between mother and baby help your little one reach optimal development, growth, and long-term health.¹
So why exactly is breastfeeding recommended?