Making the choice to breastfeed is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, and it also provides a number of health benefits to both mother and baby.
Breast milk is nutritionally complete and easy to digest for little tummies, providing your baby with all the nourishment he or she needs during the first few months of life. Breastmilk also contains natural antibodies, to provide your baby with his or her first line of defense against infections.
For new moms, nursing stimulates the uterus to contract and return to its prenatal size and it promotes faster weight loss after birth. Nursing and skin-to-skin contact with your baby also decreases the risk of postpartum depression and promotes positive feelings through the release of the hormones oxytocin and prolactin.
In addition, breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding and helps promote optimal infant and child health, growth and development.
While breastfeeding might seem like the most natural choice for you and your baby, learning to nurse can take time, practice and patience. That’s why UNCPN has dedicated lactation specialists at several of our pediatric practices.
Our goal is to help mothers and babies to have a rewarding and successful breastfeeding experiences, while promoting confidence in nursing. Our lactation specialists are available to help you and your family with a number of resources, including:
Contact one of our pediatrics practices to discuss lactation support resources, or call UNC Pediatrics at Panther Creek to schedule an appointment with our board-certified lactation consultant.