Breastfeeding is a decision that’s based on medical, lifestyle and comfortability mothers make when they have their newborn. Not all mothers can or choose to breastfeed their child. But for those mothers who decide on it, what should you know about breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Association (AMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and continues to be supported as the best option for babies.
But Why Breast Milk?
Breast milk has shown to be beneficial to the baby because it provides the baby with all the nutrients it needs while growing. Breastfeeding can
- prevent or reduce the possibilities of certain health conditions such as allergies and asthma.
- provide antibodies to help strengthen baby’s immune system.
- create fewer digestion problems like constipation and diarrhea.
Since breast milk comes from the mother, the mother needs to keep a well-balanced diet with some precaution in what she eats and drinks. What the mother eats the baby eats so keeping a palette of many foods gives taste to the baby’s milk.
What Are The Benefits of Breastfeeding?
Like all things, everything has its pros and cons. Just because you decide to breastfeed doesn’t mean all will be perfect, on the contrary, you will still need to work on maintaining your child’s teeth clean and healthy.
Breastfeeding can help reduce misalignment on their teeth. However, every child is different and could potentially need braces later on in life. It can also reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay since there is no bottle of milk dripping inside the mouth of the baby, bathing their teeth in sugar when they’ve fallen asleep. The nipple is far back that when the baby begins to suck, they are immediately swallowing it and if they do fall asleep, no milk drips from the nipple.
Now, just because there are fewer chances of decreasing baby bottle tooth decay doesn’t mean your baby can’t get cavities. Babies can still get cavities at this age since breast milk like formula have sugar. This where the mother has to ensure she is keeping her baby’s gums clean with a moist cloth or gauze and brush their teeth.
Breastfeeding can provide your baby with more nutrients it needs and help strengthen your child’s immune system but, as a mother, you should ensure you’re healthy and practice self-care if you decide to breastfeed your child.
If you want more information on breastfeeding check out mouthhealthy.org.