World Breastfeeding Week – Is Breast Best?
There have been several new babies born recently in my own life through friends, family and patients of mine. Many of the new mums are breastfeeding, even people I know who struggled the first time around have been having a lot of success this time. It might not be the easiest option but what are the pros and cons?
While breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, it doesn’t come easily to everyone. It’s good and it’s OK to get help and advice from other new mums, your midwife and friends and family. Not every new mum simply knows what to do.
There are several resources below that go into great detail including videos, tips and advice to help you on your way. Breastfeeding is generally considered best for your baby because the milk is produced specifically for them and contains all the antibodies and nutrients they need to grow, gain weight and develop naturally. But it can be uncomfortable and painful for mum, and some babies and mums simply don’t take to it.
When a mother is breastfeeding, sometimes new dads can feel left out of the loop a little, because unless they feed using expressed milk they can feel a little helpless. However, there are other things that a new dad can do to bond with baby. Babies can be soothed to sleep by the sound of their dad’s deep voice when lying on their chest, dads could also take charge of bath time to give mum a break and have a chance to bond with baby.
Whatever you choose is completely down to you and your individual circumstances, and what’s best for you and your baby, and whatever way you choose to feed your baby is fine, as long as its right for you.
With nurturing support,
This blog post has been written for World Breastfeeding Week (1st-9th August 2016). To find out more about complementary therapies or acupuncture or to book an appointment phone 01283 516444 (The Natural Healthcare Centre, Burton-on-Trent) or 01332 521270 (The Bridge Centre for Natural Health, Derby).
World Breastfeeding Week (2016) Available here.
NHS Choices (2016) Breastfeeding: The first few days. Available here.
Netmums (2016) Breastfeeding advice. Available here.