During pregnancy, expectant mothers will plan for their newborn’s arrival. With the help of a midwife, you’ll determine whether natural birth is the right option for you. As these conversations develop and your due date approaches, the question of breastfeeding and nutrition is also likely to become a priority. Here is what you should know about breastfeeding so you can better lay out your plan for pregnancy and early motherhood.
Understanding the Benefits of Breastfeeding
How Does Breastfeeding Impact Your Baby?
Breast milk contains all the essential vitamins, fats, and nutrients your newborn baby needs to grow and thrive. Additionally, breastfeeding provides these nutrients in a fluid that is easy for your baby to digest, and filled with antibodies so it’s easier for your little one to fight off bacteria and other viruses. Studies have found that babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop allergies, asthma, Type 2 diabetes, or obesity. Breastfeeding can also improve your child’s cognitive abilities and brain development, which in turn may boost their social skills and emotional expression.
What Benefits Do Mothers Enjoy from Breastfeeding?
Studies have found that mothers who breastfeed enjoy a wide range of psychological and emotional benefits including decreased stress, less anxiety, and a reduction in negative moods. This practice can also aid in maternal sensitivity and overall attachment between mother and child. Additionally, mothers can burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories per day when breastfeeding, so this option has the added benefit of helping you lose pregnancy weight.
If you’re an expectant mother looking for a dedicated midwife to assist with pregnancy, natural birth plans, and newborn care, Home Birth with Love is the perfect partner. Led by certified nurse-midwife Leah Marinelli, this home birth organization has been providing compassionate, knowledgeable assistance to families across Rockland County, NY, and Bergen County, NJ, for over 17 years. Call (845) 641-5058 to schedule a consultation.