Breastfeeding can be especially challenging for new moms during the first four – six weeks post-delivery as it is mentally and physically taxing. It is not an option for all moms to breastfeed, but it worth a try for those who can. Despite its challenges, experts agree that the benefits of breastfeeding can be rewarding for both mother and baby.
Breast milk is nutrient dense
Breast milk is like medicine for baby and mom. It is full of white blood cells which work to protect your baby from harmful germs and diseases that he or she is exposed to.
Cost-effective and convenient
There is the obvious consideration that formula costs so much more than your own (free!) breast milk. You won’t have to worry about washing and sanitizing bottles and nipples daily either. You can forget about packing bottles, formula and thermos’ full of warm water whenever you leave the house.
Future health risks decrease - for mom and baby
Research shows breastfed babies have lower risks of:
- Childhood obesity
- Ear infections
- Lower respiratory infections
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Type 2 diabetes
- Childhood leukemia
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
It has also been found to lower a mother's risk of:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
It takes a village
Many new moms put a lot of pressure on themselves when they are learning how to breastfeed. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. It can be difficult to find a support system, which is why Tufts Medical Center opened its own baby café.
The Baby Café offers a breastfeeding support group in a safe and comfortable environment for pregnant and breastfeeding families every Thursday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Our expert team of lactation consultants is available onsite to answer breastfeeding questions, check baby’s weight and provide pre and post-natal education.