Breastfeeding is a natural and powerful way to nurture a newborn infant, but the technique can be difficult to master without practice. To gain confidence in your ability to breastfeed, consider attending Riverside Community Hospital’s free breastfeeding class the evening of Wednesday, September 5th. In addition to learning various breastfeeding holds and latching techniques, you’ll find out about the many reasons to nurse your baby.
Breast milk is a nourishing substance whose benefits for newborns cannot be fully reproduced by formula. These include:
The proteins in breast milk are broken down easily by infants’ digestive systems, unlike the proteins found in artificial formulas, which are derived from cow’s milk. More thorough absorption of breast milk means less gas and diarrhea as well as better-smelling diapers.
Breastfed infants are far less likely to get sick, thanks to the antibodies passed through breast milk from the mother. Babies who breastfeed have a much lower chance of contracting ear infections, meningitis, lower respiratory infections, and inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, breast milk confers lifelong benefits, including a reduced risk of obesity, type-II diabetes, allergies, and asthma.
Breastfeeding benefits more than the health of your baby. New mothers who breastfeed enjoy:
Faster Weight Loss
The production of breast milk costs a woman’s body roughly 500 calories per day. This combined with the nursing-stimulated shrinking of your uterus can help you more easily return to your pre-pregnancy appearance.
Reduced Risk of Cancer and Bone Disorders
Mothers who breastfeed can reap the benefits decades later, with a reduced risk of uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer, as well as protection against bone loss and osteoporosis.
Caring for a newborn can be stressful and time-consuming, which is why many women appreciate the convenience of breastfeeding. With fewer bottles to wash and carry and no mixing or warming of formula, mothers can focus on bonding with their babies during feeding times.
Find out more about Riverside Community Hospital’s free classes for expectant parents by calling (951) 788-3000. Our mission is to promote lifelong health through education and quality medical services.