If you are new to parenthood, you must naturally be concerned about how best to take care and nurture your delightful little bundle of joy. Breastfeeding babies, at least for the first six months of their lives, is highly recommended to give them a good head start. Breastfeeding is beneficial in many terms for both the baby and the mother and in many cultures symbolizes the deep care and love shared between parent and child.
Breast Milk; the Ideal Nutrition
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat everything your baby needs to grow. And it is all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. And more importantly, breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding is also found to lower your baby’s risk of having asthma, allergies, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and diarrhea. That means they will also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor. Breastfeeding is also said to play a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well, but more research is needed in these areas.
Love and Care
It is also a beautiful moment of bonding for the mother and the baby. The physical closeness, eye contact and receiving nourishment all encompass feelings of deep love and care. However, one way to extend this moment of bonding to other members of the family including the father is to use a breast pump, which lets mothers pre-pump the breast milk into bottles. This will allow the baby to bond with all family members equally. Mendela breast pumps are excellent for this purpose as they are proven to be safe, practical and efficient. Medela has even developed a new breast pump; the Symphony, which imitates a baby’s sucking motion. This will be helpful for mothers to feel more comfortable and natural while pumping breast milk.
Busy Schedules and Breast Pumping
Working mothers may not always have the time to breast feed their baby. This is another situation where you may need to acquire the help of a breast pump. Medela double breast pumps are very efficient and can help you pump the necessary amount of breast milk for your baby in no time. But for new mothers who may be facing difficulty breast feeding the best answer is a hospital grade pump which is known to increase the breast milk supply. Also, breast pumping is useful to pump out any extra milk which otherwise may cause you pain.
And as for the benefits that mothers receive through breastfeeding, it is said to burn extra calories helping you lose pregnancy weight. Thus both you and the baby will be happy, comfortable and healthy if you chose to nourish the baby’s life by breastfeeding.