Why Breast is Best

Surely you have heard the saying breast is best'. It's true! But why?

Breastfeeding is baby regulated. This means that your baby is able to control the rate at which milk flows from your breast while sucking, and decides when he is full and satisfied from a feed.

Breast milk is often referred to as liquid gold', as it is easily digested and provides the perfect balance of hormones, antibodies and nutrients that are necessary for your baby to grow in the first six months of life.

Besides its nutritional value, breastfeeding has many other benefits for both you and your baby. It is a special time when the foundations of bonding, attachment and early communication take place. When your baby is suckling at your breast, he is using and training all five senses, while the suckling stimulates your breasts to produce more milk. It is a perfect continuous cycle.

It has been reported by many moms that breastfeeding assisted in shedding some of the weight gained during pregnancy. In addition to this, the feel good' hormones prolactin and oxytocin are released when breastfeeding. These hormones are linked to a reduction in blood pressure and anxiety while increasing bonding and relaxation.

Whether you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby or expressing your milk, you are providing your baby with an all-round nutritional, emotional and sensory experience that will be beneficial to his growth and development now and in the future.
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