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Your complete guide to breastfeeding your baby

Posted In Breastfeeding - By KidsMug On Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 With 0 Comments


Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. Even the formula manufacturers agree, putting something like ‘even closer to breastmilk’ on their packaging. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean breastfeeding will come naturally. This is probably why 28% of new mums in the UK give up breastfeeding by the time their baby is six weeks old.

Read on for some expert advice on how to succeed at breastfeeding – and enjoy an utterly unique and wonderful experience.

The benefits: why breastfeed?

Sophie Macfadyen, breastfeeding expert of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), says:
It’s good for your baby

When you are breastfeeding you’re passing on antibodies from your own immune system, giving your baby the maximum protection against respiratory infections, ear infections and tummy upsets. Containing around 400 nutrients, breastmilk provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein for your newborn.

– Breastmilk has been scientifically proven to lower the risk of some cancers, diabetes and other juvenile illnesses. Research has also found that breastfed babies are less likely to be obese when they grow up, or to suffer allergies, eczema and problems with dental development.

-It’s good for you. Breastfeeding mothers gain significant protection against premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

– The process increases your levels of the hormone oxytocin, which speeds up the process of your uterus returning to pre-pregnancy size. It’s also the nesting hormone, making you feel more relaxed and in love with your baby.
– It’s convenient: there’s no gear needed, no sterilising. And it’s completely free!

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