Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

Here are some facts about the benefits of breastmilk from the medical staff at Central Florida Health Care.

There are many benefits of breastfeeding your baby. Now, this is not to follow the trend “breast is best” or to shame mothers who are unable to breastfeed their little ones. Our medical team at Central Florida Health Care is here to offer educational and informative insight to help you decide if breastfeeding is what’s best for you and your infant.

Whether you’re a first-time expectant mother who is wondering breastfeeding is feasible for you and your schedule or you’re a mom who had a negative experience with your first try at breastfeeding, we have outlined a few facts below that you may not know— and might help you decide.

BENEFITS OF BREASTMILK

  • The amounts of cells, hormones, and antibodies found in breast milk are known to fight illnesses such as asthma, obesity, eczema, and more.
  • Your milk is always at the right temperature for your baby.
  • By breastfeeding, you are protecting your own body from upper respiratory infection.
  • Breastfeeding protects from the risk of an unclean water supply when mixing bottles.
  • Along with these benefits of breastfeeding, colostrum is another advantage for your baby. Colostrum is also known as pre-milk or “liquid gold” because it has a deep yellow tint and is the first milk to come out for your baby after birth. This milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies needed to protect your newborn and help him/her to thrive.

FACTS ABOUT COLOSTRUM

  • Helps baby’s digestive system to grow and function properly
  • Only lasts for the first three days after childbirth, then begins to change into mature milk
  • As it matures, the amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein adjust to the needs of your baby

At Central Florida Health Care, Inc., our medical staff will provide the support you need so you and your baby can live healthy lives. For over 46 years, Central Florida Health Care has been providing high quality, compassionate care to the Polk, Highlands and Hardee communities. Then and now, your health and well-being is our highest priority. For more information on our 14 locations, the services we offer, or to schedule your appointment, call (866) 234-8534 or visit our website to find a location near you.

This column is sponsored by Central Florida Health Care, Inc. and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFHN or of its advertisers.