Breastfeeding

Are you on the fence about breastfeeding, or have you definitely decided that breastfeeding is right for you and your baby? This can be a tricky topic with some moms and moms-to-be, but when it comes down to it, the right decision when it comes to breastfeeding your child is totally up to you, your baby, and your pediatrician. If you find yourself still wondering whether or not breastfeeding is right for you, consider the following information.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding babies for the first six months of life to ensure that they get the right nutrients.
  • Breastfeeding can help babies develop antibodies and even immunities to some illnesses, diseases, and even food allergies in some situations.
  • Breastfeeding your baby may reduce the risk of SIDS during the first year, although some studies suggest that formula feeding doesn’t increase this risk either.
  • Babies who are breastfed usually don’t have as many stomach issues and may have fewer bouts of gas and constipation, since breastmilk is easier for them to digest than formula.
  • Breastfeeding can help a nursing mother reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in some situations.
  • When you breastfeed your little one, you’re encouraging a lot of great bonding experiences between the two of you.

Although some people may be bothered if you start breastfeeding your child in public, this modern age is moving more and more toward acceptance of public breastfeeding. Even so, if you feel nervous about trying to breastfeed in public, there are a lot of great options for you as well.

When it comes to breastfeeding your child, there are a lot of accessories and helpful items you may need to stock up on before you get started. You may also want to brush up on the proper way to pump, although your doctor will be more than happy to teach you about this process as well.

Eventually, of course, breastfeeding will need to come to an end, and it will be time to wean your baby onto a bottle or even directly onto solid foods. Depending on how your child is progressing and how old he or she is before you begin weaning away from breastfeeding, you may want to introduce a sippy cup right away or wait a little while. Determining the right time to stop breastfeeding can be a little tricky, but with the right information to help, you’ll be able to figure out the perfect time for you and your baby.

When you’re ready to stop breastfeeding, there are a few different weaning methods you can try that may work well for you. Be sure to check out our articles on weaning your baby from breastfeeding to learn more. And if you have any other questions about the breastfeeding process or items that can help you breastfeed better, such as baby slings for nursing moms, don’t forget to browse our other articles on this topic too! We’ve got plenty of info to help you out and get you on the right track to breastfeeding perfection in no time.