Reasons to Breastfeed Your Newborn
When your baby is born, the best way to ensure his or her healthy development and protection from illness is by breastfeeding. Breast milk is naturally formulated to meet the nutritional needs of newborn babies, and it continues to change as you breastfeed your growing baby.
Aside from the perfect nutritional balance of breast milk, you should consider the other health benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby. Breastfeeding will help you return to a healthy weight after pregnancy, because it burns an extra 500-700 calories each day. Plus, studies have shown that breastfeeding can reduce the risk for developing breast and gynecological cancers later in life. Breastfeeding is best for babies, as it encourages immune health, reduces the likelihood of obesity in adolescence and adulthood, and gives your baby time to bond with you.
To find education and support throughout your pregnancy and as you breastfeed your baby, consult Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. You can see our upcoming Breastfeeding and Prenatal classes by visiting our website or calling us at (805) 497-2727.