How will I feed my baby?
Whether you just found out you’re pregnant or you are towards the end of your 1st Trimester, it is never too soon to start thinking about how you will feed your baby once they are born. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for you and your baby. Trust your body and trust your baby!
- When your baby is born your breasts supply colostrum-the first milk. This is liquid gold! Colostrum has antibodies, a stool softener and a digestive primer to help your baby’s stomach stretch.
- Breast milk provides the appropriate nutrients your baby needs to grow. These nutrients change as your baby’s needs change.
- Breast milk supplies your baby antibodies. This means that your baby will get your antibodies and protection against different illness as soon as they start breastfeeding and protection throughout life!
- Breast milk is perfect for your baby’s tummy. Formula contains cow’s milk or soy proteins that are difficult for a baby to digest.
Can my body do the job?
Yes! Your breasts are mammary glands. The purpose of breasts is to produce milk to feed your baby.
- Breasts come in different sizes and shapes. Throughout pregnancy your breasts will continue to change in order to support breastfeeding. Remember that humans are mammals and mammals are made to breastfeed their babies.
- Expect your breasts to grow as you continue through your pregnancy. Don’t be surprised as your bra size increases throughout the pregnancy. There is no need to prepare your breasts for breastfeeding. Your body will prepare your breasts for you.
- Your body will make milk as long as your baby breastfeeds. The recommendation is to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of a baby’s life, continuing through the end of the first year, or more.