During pregnancy, there are so many options to consider… What color should we paint the nursery? What is my delivery plan? What pediatrician should we use? Do I want to breastfeed? All of these are very personal choices, especially breastfeeding. The best thing you can do is educate yourself and make a decision that works for you.
Capital Women’s Care offers breastfeeding classes for expecting mothers. See our class schedule and register for a time that works for you.
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The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Colostrum, the thick milk you produce while pregnant and for a few days after the birth, is nutrient-rich and helps the baby’s digestive system develop. As your breast milk “matures”, it provides exactly what your baby needs for growth, while protecting him or her from illness.
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Breast milk costs nothing
No bottles or nipples to wash
For moms, breastfeeding can aid in recovery after childbirth by increasing your levels of oxytocin, causing uterine contractions to help your uterus return to its normal size and reduce blood loss. Breastfeeding can also help reduce the risk of certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Added bonus: breastfeeding has been found to be an effective form of birth control (with some specific guidelines – talk to you doctor before relying on this method).
Even with the best intentions, breastfeeding isn’t always possible. Some health problems prevent the mother from being able to breastfeed. Some babies are not interested or unable to tolerate breast milk (or milk of any kind). No matter the circumstances, never feel guilty about not breastfeeding. Formula provides all the essential nutrients your baby needs to thrive.
Your Guide to Breastfeeding from Women’sHealth.gov
Information about Breastfeeding from the CDC
Advice and Communities at BabyCenter
Talk to your Capital Women’s Care provider about your breastfeeding plans, questions, or concerns. He or she can provide advice and resources to help during your breastfeeding journey.