Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby.
However, today’s busy world can present challenges.
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Breast milk has live cells that improve immunity, extending from infancy through adulthood. Colostrum is the breast milk produced in the first four days. This “liquid gold” is filled with ingredients that jumpstart the development of the immune system.
Formula concoctions today have improved with nutrition and probiotics. Breastmilk is constantly changing with mom’s body, custom blended for that specific baby. An infant formula can’t replicate that.
Milk is usually ready when you deliver your baby. The volume increases around day four or five.
Latching issues are the most common problem. Most hospitals have an expert available to assist with latching issues.
Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt. If it hurts, someone trained in breastfeeding should see what’s happening. There may be another issue.
Moms need to focus on self care. Ask for help. Make a list of things people can do to help you. It’s not an ideal time for you to entertain guests as you learn to care for this new life.
Listen as Dr. Maya Bunik and Dr. Jenny Thomas join Melanie Cole, MS, to educate about breastfeeding best practices and how to know it’s working.
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