18th Jul 2011
The decision to nurse / breastfeed your newborn is very personal and an emotional one. Breast milk is the best possible milk for the infant as it contains just the right proportions of nutrients your newborn needs &its composition changes as the baby grows.
Breast milk contains antibodies / immunoglobulins (Ig) which protect the baby from early infections. It is very easily digestible so is less likely to cause any stomach upsets for the infant. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop conditions like eczema, asthma & less prone to infections like glue ear etc. Also it promotes mother-child bonding & gives a sense of security to the baby; which is why it is the most appropriate choice of baby food in the early months of life.
Breastfeeding has advantages for the mother as well. Not only is breast milk available at the right temperature for the baby, breastfeeding releases hormones (oxytocin) that encourages the uterus to shrink to its original size quickly causing less blood loss post delivery. It uses up calories stored up as fat during pregnancy & helps you get back your shape & figure soon after delivery.
First hand experiences from new moms & a session with a lactation consultant will become very useful in helping you to decide to breastfeed your baby & give you a very satisfying nursing experience.