Breastfeeding is one of the most beneficial and natural things that a mother can do for her baby. It provides a variety of health benefits for both mom and baby and is easy on the pocketbook, but it can also be overwhelming. However, there are plenty of resources available for nursing mothers.
One of the biggest stigmas around breastfeeding is a mother’s diet. Many seem to be under the impression that you need to completely change your diet, or avoid certain foods altogether. According to La Leche League, you actually do not need to change your diet or eat any special foods, unless you have an allergy of course. Just as anyone should though, they do recommend a varied and healthy diet. This means plenty of veggies, protein, and fruit! La Leche League is one of the leading sources in the country for education, encouragement, and promotion of breastfeeding, including support from other nursing moms!
Many mothers worry about their supply and are concerned about whether or not they are producing enough for their baby. There are a few easy, (and natural!) ways to ensure you keep your supply up! Make sure you stay hydrated, bring baby to breast as often as possible, and get skin-to-skin contact with your little one! Another great way to boost your supply is to eat oatmeal, and it doesn’t matter if it is for breakfast, in a cookie, or blended into your smoothie!
Health Benefits and Cost-Effectiveness
Breastmilk provides a great variety of health benefits for mom and baby. It is full of rich nutrients and antibodies that change to meet your baby’s needs as they grow. This means that your baby is at a lower risk for ear infections, colds, and other illnesses. Breastfeeding moms also benefit from their baby nursing. It burns more calories and lowers the risk of certain cancers. In addition to the health benefits breastfeeding provides, it can also save families nearly $2,000 in formula costs!
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