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Breastfeeding: The Perfect Feed
Pregnancy is a unique achievement from conception to birth. It is only your body that is able to provide him with this perfect individual environment, so ‘Why should this stop following birth?’

Some things you might not know about breastfeeding…..

1.Humans are one of 4237 species of mammals, all of whom breastfeed their young.

2.The Queen, Madonna, Mrs Thatcher and Pamela Anderson are all breastfed.

3.There is ten times the amount of silicon in formula milk than a mother with implants breastfeeding.

4.While your body is producing breastmilk it uses about 500 calories a day.

5.You can store breastmilk in the fridge for 24 hours and in the freezer for up to three months.
(successful breastfeeding Royal College of Midwives, 2002)

6.UNICEF estimate that 1.5 million babies worldwide die each year because they are not breastfed.
(WHO/UNICEF Estimates, 1996)

7.The NHS spends at least £35 million per year treating gastro-enteritis in bottle-fed babies in England and Wales.
(Breastfeeding: Good Practice Guidance to the NHS, DOH 1995)
Benefits In Baby
Breastfeeding is the perfect food. A mother’s breast milk is genetically suited to her own baby, ensuring that it is the perfect feed to sustain healthy growth and development from pregnancy. Each mother creates antibodies to protect herself from harmful bacteria; these are passed onto her baby ensuring her baby is also protected. It’s the healthiest option for your baby. Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from serious intestinal infections such as gastro-enteritis, ear infections and urinary tract infections Any baby born premature is naturally more at risk from infection, so mothers are encouraged to breastfeed or express breast milk (which is suitable for the premature baby) to protect them and encourage continued growth and development. Breast milk is known to encourage brain development and research has shown that motor skill and language development creates a higher IQ at the age of two. According to some researchers, breastfed babies are less likely to suffer cot death.
Benefits In Adulthood
Much more research is required, but adults that were breast fed as infants appear to improved cholesterol level tolerance, reduced risks of heart disease and are less at risk from becoming overweight as adults. There seem to be clear connections between the development of intestinal problems such as Chron's
Benefits For The Breast Feeding Mother
It’s Free and in fact it saves you an estimated £450 across a year. It’s convenient and it’s always available and instantly at the right temperature The emotional satisfaction of being able to care and nurture your baby by your own efforts is a wonderful achievement and a boost to your self-esteem, but there are clear health benefits to you also: Breastfeeding encourages your uterus to return to its pre-pregnant size. Women who breastfeed are at lower risk of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer. It is known that women loses bone density whilst breastfeeding but gain it at higher levels once their baby is weaned, so offering protection against hip fractures in later life. Your midwife and health visitor can provide further guidance, to the correct steps to achieve successful breastfeeding, and local support groups in your area, but it is important to have good support from your family and friends. You may never have breastfed before but you do have the ability to feed your baby the important thing is not to doubt yourself
Make breast Feeding work For You
  • Check your positioning. If your baby isn’t latched on correctly, you risk getting sore, cracked and bleeding nipples or even mastitis (a flu-like infection). If you’re finding it difficult, seek advice from your midwife or a breastfeeding counsellor (call the National Childbirth Trust on 020 89928637) as soon as possible.
  • Let your baby set the pace. Allow your baby to feed from one breast for as long as he likes: the watery fore-milk quenches his thirst, then the rich hind milk provides energy for growth.
  • Eat and drink well. You need a lot of energy to produce milk, so it’s important to ensure you have a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of protein (from meat, fish, dairy produce, pulses, nuts etc): you should be having an extra 500 calories a day. Breastfeeding can give you an insatiable thirst, especially in the first few weeks, so always have a drink handy.
NEVER leave your baby alone with a bottle - he could choke.

Q. How do I know whether my breast-fed baby is getting enough milk?

A. As long as his nappies are wet and he's gaining weight, he's doing fine. Let him feed on demand and he'll get as much milk as he needs