Breastfeeding– A Family Affair
Deciding to breastfeed your newborn is just the beginning of a rewarding and satisfying experience for most women. Mother and baby work together to fulfill many needs: nutritional, physical and psychological. The nursing couple (mother and baby) and father make a team—a new family unit.
Breastfeeding should begin as soon as possible after delivery–but even if there are delays or problems, you can still succeed with breastfeeding. The first few days and weeks are considered the adjustment period. Keep in mind that both of you are learning together. Even when baby doesn’t nurse, mother is holding and spending valuable time with the little one. This enhances bonding.
Of course, let’s not forget DAD. He is a very important part of the new family unit. His total support of the nursing couple makes breastfeeding a family affair.
When beginning to breastfeed, a few temporary problems may occur, but any problem can be overcome. The rewards are worth the effort.
Advantages to Breastfeeding
- Enhances closeness between mom and baby
- Breast milk has nutrients needed for early development
- Breastfed babies have fewer illnesses
- Breast milk is easier to digest
- Bonding is enhanced for you and baby
- Your pre-pregnancy figure returns sooner
- Breastfeeding reduces the chance of medical complications
- Milk is always fresh and readily available
- Night feedings are easier
- Traveling with baby is much easier
- Breastfeeding is inexpensive
- Dads can establish “special” time with baby
- Pride that mother and baby are receiving many advantages
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