World Breastfeeding Week
Here at NCHS, we are excited about World Breastfeeding Week because it is an excellent time to raise awareness about the benefits and beauty of breastfeeding. While it can be a taboo subject for some, mothers and mothers-to-be understand that this is an essential part of helping an infant grow in a healthy and happy way. Here we provide some information to help you understand why breastfeeding is important and a few tips to help make the experience more enjoyable for you and your little one.
How World Breastfeeding Week Began
The first time that World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated was in 1992. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) that was established in 1991 wanted to spread the word about the support and importance of breastfeeding for both mothers and children. They were joined by WHO, WBW, and UNICEF to help organize the event that more than 120 countries participate in. Their mission is to encourage women to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months after the baby is born for the numerous nutrition and health benefits.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
For babies, breast milk is the ideal meal because of the nutritional value it provides. Between the fat, vitamins, and protein that breastfeeding offers, your infant will have everything he or she needs to grow healthy and strong. The milk is easier to digest which can help with tummy problems and the antibodies that breast milk provides help fight bacteria and viruses that infants can be exposed to.
On top of that, breastfeeding in the first six months will generally lead to fewer doctor visits due to less diarrhea, ear infections, and respiratory illness, as well as lowering the risk of asthma and severe allergies. Breastfed infants also have a lower chance of being overweight during infancy because they are always getting the right amount of milk that satisfies their growing bodies, so they are less likely to crave more.
For both the mother and baby, the connection that is created due to breastfeeding is something that is hard to duplicate. From the contact of the eyes to the feel of the skin, the bonding will help with a feeling of security for the mother and baby and can help foster a lifelong connection of love and trust.
Mothers will discover that they will burn more calories with breastfeeding and this can help take some of the baby weight off a little faster. Plus, breastfeeding lowers your risk of certain cancers as well as osteoporosis. While breastfeeding will take time out of your day, trust that it does not take as much time as making formula and getting the bottle ready, including sterilizing the nipple and warming the milk. And one of the best perks for mommies that breastfeed is that you won’t have to buy expensive formula, so you save quite a bit of money!
Tips to Make the Breastfeeding Experience Better
If you want to make your breastfeeding experience even better, take advantage of pregnancy counseling at NCHS. Here you will be guided towards the best methods for breastfeeding and how to make it more comfortable for yourself and your infant. You will gain a better understanding of pregnancy nutrition and will have experts on your side when you have questions. One of the keys to a positive breastfeeding experience is support, and we can provide just that here at NCHS.
You can also take advantage of products such as breast pumps, and when you go to pregnancy counseling, you will learn how to make pumping easier. You will also learn about the best angles to hold you baby so that you get the skin-on-skin contact that leads to better bonding and how to adjust your baby’s latch to ensure comfortable breastfeeding. Additionally, you will learn the signs that your infant is ready to eat and what to expect when breastfeeding.
If you want to learn more about World Breastfeeding Week and what your next steps should be, contact NCHS today!