Breastfeeding For Mothers : Breastfeeding

2398 WordsOct 23, 201410 Pages
Exclusive Breastfeeding Deciding to breastfeed is one of the best choices you can make for you and your baby. Breast milk has all the nutrients that your baby needs, when your baby needs them. That is why many women who can choose to breastfeed exclusively. A change in hormones during pregnancy causes your breast tissue to grow and increases the number and size of your milk ducts. These hormones also allow proteins, sugars, and fats from your blood supply to make breast milk in your milk-producing glands. Hormones prevent breast milk from being released before your baby is born as well as prompt milk flow after birth. Once breastfeeding has begun, thoughts of your baby, as well as his or her sucking or crying, can stimulate the release of…show more content…
Breastfeeding helps to burn calories and helps you lose the weight gained during pregnancy. Breastfeeding makes your uterus contract to its prepregnancy size faster and slows bleeding (lochia) after you give birth. Breastfeeding helps to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, and breast or ovarian cancer later in life. BENEFITS OF EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING The more often your baby breastfeeds, the more milk you will produce. By exclusively breastfeeding, you help to ensure that your baby has an ample supply of milk. Supplementing with water or infant formula when your baby would otherwise be breastfeeding may send a message to your body that less milk is needed. Your baby may become full from the supplements and breastfeed less. This can interfere with the establishment of your milk supply. Exclusive breastfeeding helps to develop your baby 's immune system in a healthy way. Your breast milk contains antibodies your baby needs to to fight off germs that cause infections. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop food allergies. When your baby is introduced to foods other than breast milk too soon, his or her body is more likely to interpret that food as an allergen, making antibodies against it. This is what causes food allergies. If your baby breastfeeds less because he or she is also receiving supplements, he or she may have a harder time fighting infections or be more likely
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