Ah-mazing Milk!

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Breastfeeding and breastmilk are an extraordinary resource for both Moms and babies that I think is often times over looked.

Before you baby is born your body begins to produce Colostrum. Colostrum is the thick, yellow first milk you will have just after giving birth. Your breasts only produce a small amount of this milk but it is the exact right amount that your newborns little tummy can hold.

The other amazing thing about your breastmilk is that it changes with your babies needs. About three to five days in your milk matures and has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that your little one requires.

Breastmilk is also easier for your baby’s tummy to digest and can help his or her system fight many diseases.

Moms benefit from Breastfeeding as well! Not only does it allow you to bond with your baby, it gives new mom’s that chance they need to get some peaceful, quiet time. Other benefits for moms include:

  • It saves money, as your not buying as many bottles and/or formula.
  • The skin to skin boosts oxytocin.
  • Linked to lower risks of Type 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Post Partum Depression.

Now Breastfeeding is not always going to be sunshine and rainbows, many times there are complications. Tomorrow we’ll cover common complications, proper latching and different holds.

-Lauren

 

 

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