Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
At The OB/GYN Group of Austin, we are committed to providing our patients with premier expertise in obstetrics and gynecology. In today’s blog, we discuss the tips and resources for mothers who currently are or are planning to breastfeed. If you have any further questions on the subject, be sure to reach out. We’re happy to help you navigate this beautiful time in you and your child’s life!
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
For the Baby
The World Health Organization highly recommends breastfeeding your baby for the first 6 months, because it is crucial for achieving optimal growth, development, and health. You’re encouraged to start incorporating solid foods such as fruits and vegetables throughout the next 6 months while continuing to breastfeed. Breastfeeding not only benefits your baby because breast milk contains all the necessary vitamins and nutrients your baby needs, but it also has antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. In addition, breastfeeding lowers your baby’s chances of having asthma, allergies or getting ear infections. Breastfed infants are also more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow, helping them to avoid gaining weight as they age.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for the mother, including reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression. As a bonus, you’ll burn extra calories — aiding you in losing pregnancy weight faster. Breastfeeding allows you and your baby to have a regular time throughout the day where they can relax quietly together as they bond with each other.
Join Our Breastfeeding Class
If you plan to breastfeed, but are worried that you don’t know enough and want to learn more — we offer a two-hour, single-session breastfeeding class for new moms through Austin Breastfeeding that covers what to expect in the first days, comfortable breastfeeding positions, how to achieve a “good latch” and much more! The cost of this class is $60 and you are more than welcome to bring your partner along with you. If you’re interested, you can sign up here!
We hope the information and recommendations we’ve provided will help you feel more comfortable and confident when breastfeeding your baby. If you found this article useful and informative, we would love if you’d share it with a friend. Happy breastfeeding!