My babies were not breastfed and they turned out fine, why should my daughter breastfeed?

 

For starters, your daughter will find that once breastfeeding is established it is convenient, less work, requires no equipment and allows her to go places with her new baby and not worry about forgetting something needed for feedings.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a baby be fed exclusively breastmilk for 6 months and to continue a breastfeeding relationship for at least a year. Artificial baby foods have been around for a very long time and though they have improved over time they are not specifically designed for this unique child that has been born into your family. Breastmilk is the best food for the health of a baby and breastfeeding is also very healthy for the mother. As a new grandparent your encouragement and support can make the experience of breastfeeding more rewarding for your daughter.

You can help encourage your daughter by reminding her of all of the amazing properties of breastmilk that help keep her and the baby healthy.

For baby: lower risks of ear infections, stomach and intestinal infections, lung infections and asthma, dermatitis, allergies, childhood cancers, diabetes, and crib death. Babies who are breastfed show lower levels of stress hormones.

For your daughter: lower risks of ovarian and breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, post partum depression, osteoporosis and it encourages weight loss by burning 500 calories a day!

Convinced that it’s important to help your daughter breastfeed? You can help! New mothers need lots of tender loving care and support to be able to give their babies the best food in the world! You can help in many ways, such as :

Help with household chores and errands

Hold the baby while mom eats, showers, or takes a nap

Prepare nutritious snacks for the family

Help with the care-taking of older children, animals, plants etc.

Help control the number of visitors and interruptions (monitor the phone) and encourage her to rest, breastfeed and recover from the process of birth.

Let her know that you are proud of her for breastfeeding and that you will be there for her to help her overcome any difficulties that may come up.

It is OK to ask for help! If significant problems arise, call and get the advice and support of a professional. Lactation Consultants often will come to the home and help the family in the first weeks to overcome problems. Many clinics have special hours just for helping mothers to breastfeed. Like any new skill it takes practice and patience. Your encouraging words and loving support will make a difference!

Better Beginnings Breastfeeding Cafe
Mondays 9:30am-11am
Knox Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa, CA

Community Breastfeeding Cafe, Opens Monday!

Better Beginnings Breastfeeding Services
(707) 902-3031
www.betterbeginningsforbabies.org

La Leche League
http://lllnorcal.org/groups/SantaRosaCA.html

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