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Benefits of breastfeeding for new mothers

April 5, 2023

Breastfeeding is a natural connection with your baby postpartum. Mothers who are lucky enough to be able to successfully breastfeed give their child building blocks for an amazing foundation of growth and development stepping into this world.

Some key benefits

  • Probably the most well-known benefit of breastfeeding is the milk itself. Breast milk contains all the necessary nutrients, antibodies and hormones for a developing infant to support their growth and some protection against infections and diseases. Breast milk is also great to apply in conjunctivitis or sores on your infant, or even on dry, cracked nipples after feeding due to its nutrient-dense, healing chemicals.
  • Breastmilk is far more easily digestible for infants, which may reduce the risk of stomach and bowel upsets after feeding.
  • Bonding connection between mother and child. The skin-to-skin contact postnatally stimulates the production of hormones for relaxation for the infant and mother, as well as hormones that assist in feeding. The connection between mother and child is like no other; babies are constantly trying to navigate this new world and creating a safe environment for them is crucial.
  • The breastfeeding mother also gains some health benefits. Studies have shown a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers and diabetes in women who breastfeed.
  • Lastly, breastfeeding is the most cost-effective way to provide the best nutrition for your growing baby.

There are, of course, some challenges associated with breastfeeding as well. Some mothers are uncomfortable breastfeeding their children due to the stigma around it, however, this is a natural thing a mother can do to support their baby. Some babies find it difficult to latch onto the nipple, turning their head to latch, and some may fatigue quickly and are left unsatisfied. Therefore, it is important to ensure you and your baby and checked thoroughly postpartum to give breastfeeding the best chance to set the foundations for longevity in your child’s health.

The team at Evolve Chiropractic are expert in helping pregnant women navigate their pregnancy in the best way possible. A chiropractor can help a pregnant woman by providing safe and effective treatment to support her throughout her pregnancy. Chiropractic care includes techniques that are specifically tailored to the unique needs of pregnant women, such as gentle spinal and postural adjustments.

If you are experiencing discomfort during your pregnancy speak to the team at Evolve Chiropractic.

 


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