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Breastfeeding Tips & Breastfeeding Advice

Your pregnant body is nothing short of miraculous. In just nine months it nourishes and grows a tiny fertilized egg from conception into an awe-inspiring baby. But this miracle doesn't stop at birth. It continues with the production of the perfect baby food, breast milk. We’ve put together this guide to give you the breastfeeding tips and basics you’ll need to get breastfeeding off to a good start, even before baby arrives.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Experts agree breast milk is best for babies. Not only is it the most nutritionally complete food your newborn will ever have, but it also benefits you and your baby in other ways, some that will last a lifetime. Long before baby's birth, your body silently prepares to be the primary source of nourishment for your little wonder. During pregnancy, hormones begin to stimulate the mammary glands in your breasts so they can produce milk, and amazing milk it is. The benefits of breastfeeding listed below are just some of the reasons why infant feeding guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life, with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age and on, or for as long as you can.

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Nourishing Baby Right From the Start

Did you know that your breast milk changes to meet the needs of your baby? During the first few days after birth you will produce colostrum, a nutrient-rich milk, in small amounts, perfect for your baby’s tiny tummy. By the second week your breast milk will change to mature milk to meet your baby’s growing needs.

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Expressing & Storing Breast Milk

Breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months, and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding is important for the nutrition, immunologic protection, growth, and development of infants and toddlers and has many benefits for you as well.

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Helping Ensure Success in Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months, and sustained for up to two years or longer with appropriate complementary feeding is important for the nutrition, immunologic protection, growth, and development of infants and toddlers and has many benefits for you as well. Learning as much as you can now, before baby arrives, is ideal for you to be prepared to breastfeed and can help ensure that both you and baby enjoy this wonderful experience together. Part of this new experience is an awareness of challenges that some women encounter, but most of all, to know how to prevent or manage them, and to get help right away if they do happen.

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