Breastfeeding is also known as nursing and is the term given to feeding ones child milk by the mothers breast. Breastfeeding is a natural way of feeding your newborn and is the best way to promote optimum growth in a newborn. As well as being known to create a bond between mother and baby, breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mother and baby.
- Assists mother in losing weight after pregnancy
- Assists uterus to get back to its pre-pregnancy state
- Reduces risk of ovarian and premenopausal breast cancer
- Lowers babies risk of respiratory problems and ear infections
- Includes all the nutrients and antibodies a newborn needs.
you have decided to breastfeed, you must acknowledge that every woman breastfeeding story is different. ~Your first feed with your newborn may be a breeze, but also may be difficult. Some babies find it difficult to initially latch on, but help is always available.
Ireland has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. The Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland Health Service Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 – 2021 hopes to increase the rate by 2% a year.
If you are unsure whether breastfeeding is for you, ask your midwife or GP.