How can our nurses support you in your breastfeeding journey?
As a new parent one of the most crucial decisions, you make is whether you want to breastfeed your baby or formula feed. Breastfeeding is a popular choice as it is considered beneficial for both mother and baby. Health experts recommend that the baby is breastfed exclusively for the first six months and continue to have breast milk as a part of their diet till they are two years old.
Though the popular belief is that breastfeeding comes naturally to every mother, some mothers need someone to support them during this journey. This is where professional midwives & home nurses from Maika can help. In this post we will discuss why breastfeeding is recommended by health experts and how our nurses can support mothers with it.
Why is Breastfeeding Recommended?
Breastfeeding gives the healthy start that your newborn deserves. Few benefits of breastfeeding include:
Immune system support: The antibodies of the mother get passed to the baby through breast milk. This will help to improve the immunity level of the newborn.
Optimal Nutrition: The nutrients present in breastmilk are crucial in many aspects for your little one. For instance, Lactoferrin is a form of protein that is needed to move iron through your baby’s body and is present in mother’s milk. It also helps in protecting your newborn’s intestines from infections.
Digestive health: Breast milk is easier to digest compared to formula, reducing the chances of constipation and diarrhea in babies. Breastfed babies may also have a lower risk of developing digestive issues like gastroenteritis.
Cognitive Development: Breast milk is rich in essential fatty acids, such as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are crucial for brain development and cognitive function.
How can our nurses support?
The common belief is that breastfeeding comes naturally to all new mothers, but the reality is that many new moms find breastfeeding tricky. Due to lack of proper knowledge and support they can find breastfeeding to be emotionally and physically draining.
This is where our breastfeeding support service can prove helpful for new mothers. Our trained and experienced professionals can give you the guidance and knowledge you need to make your feeding journey smoother. Here are few ways you can benefit from our breastfeeding support service:
- Ensuring that your little one is well latched is necessary if you want to get your breastfeeding journey off to a good start. If the baby isn’t latching well, our nurses will be help you find a better way to position the baby. The right position can also help in preventing sore and cracked nipples, which is a common cause of concern in mothers.
- One of the main concerns that the mother’s face is if their baby is getting enough milk. Our team of professionals who have received extensive training in breastfeeding support can help in ensuring that your little one is getting the required nutrition by helping you keep track of the number of feeds taken by your baby, baby’s weight etc.
- Our home nurses can help you return to work while helping you take care of your breastfeeding journey. They are familiar with equipment such as breast pumps and can educate you about how to use manual or electric pumps if required. They can also assist you with the safe storage of the expressed breast milk.