Happy National Breastfeeding Month!
Breastfeeding is strongly recommended for the first 6 months of a newborn’s life and encouraged until 12 months of age. Do you know why?
Well, breast milk contains essential nutrients and immunity-boosting elements that only mothers have the power to make, and cannot be added to formula. As a result, breast milk provides the ideal nourishment necessary for an infant’s growth and brain development. It can even help them fight infections when sick!
Did you know breast milk is often called the “perfect food”, composed of natural lactose, protein and fat? In other words, breast milk is easier to digest – and who doesn’t love a baby with a happy tummy?
According to CDC’s Division of Nutrition, infants who are breastfed have reduced risks of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, ear infections, lower respiratory disease, SIDS and gastrointestinal infections.
And breastfeeding can offer great benefits for mothers, too! It lowers risks of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and breast cancer, for instance.
Interestingly, recent studies have suggested that infants who were solely breastfed had slightly higher IQs than infants who were formula-fed. “Food for thought.”
Did you know that tongue-ties are one of the things that may be preventing your baby from latching on properly? We have a post debunking some of the myths around it that you can read by clicking here.
Every mother deserves an empowering breastfeeding experience! Please know that there are resources and trained specialists ready to listen and support your family’s needs. And remember: at the end of the day, fed is best!
Resources, Support Centers, References:
Texas Lactation Support Hotline
The Dallas Lactation Care Center operates the Texas Lactation Support Hotline (TLSH). All families and providers are encouraged to call the TLSH for questions on breastfeeding management or assistance in finding local IBCLC services.
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth. (2018, June). Retrieved from https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/breast-bottle-feeding.html
Why It Matters. (2019, November 04). Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/about-breastfeeding/why-it-matters.html
What’s in Breast Milk. (2012, April 25). Retrieved from: https://americanpregnancy.org/first-year-of-life/whats-in-breastmilk-71018