A growing field of research is advocating for breastfeeding in research years, with studies showing that it supports baby development and has a host of benefits for mom as well.
For World Breastfeeding Week, we decided to speak to our Labour and Delivery team to answer some common questions about breastfeeding and why we support it.
There are so many short and long-term benefits to breastfeeding, some of which we are just beginning to understand. It helps moms bond with their babies in a way that no one else can. Believe it or not, breastmilk always contains the perfect nutrients for the baby, and changes with time of day, length of feed, and age of the baby. Our bodies are smart! Breastfeeding is especially important for diabetic mothers and it helps regulate blood sugars for both mom and baby.
What are the health benefits for the infant?
Benefits you may notice right away are better temperature regulation, lower stress levels, better blood sugar levels, and better ability to transition to the outside world. Babies who are held skin to skin cry less. They are also less likely to need any special care in the hospital.
What is the number one question you are asked about breastfeeding?
Is the baby getting enough milk? That’s always a concern among moms. That’s why we focus on skin to skin, frequent feeds, and looking for signs of hunger. The more you breastfeed, the more milk you’ll have! Babies’ stomachs are also very small in the first few days, so they don’t need large amounts.
Any tips for new moms?
Try to take a prenatal class, either in person or online. Our website has a free prenatal program. Ask for help as often as you need, and surround yourself with others who are supportive of your breastfeeding journey!