Breastfeeding support: What is extended breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding support: According to the WHO, the UK has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world. In fact, more than 60% of babies are fully formula-fed by the time they are six weeks old. But, thanks to increased breastfeeding support, extended breastfeeding is now trending among a growing group of advocates. There are several reasons why extended breastfeeding is increasing in popularity. Essentials such as the right breastfeeding nipple cream, lactation smoothies for breastfeeding and boob pyjamas, can help new mums succeed in their breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding support promotes more breastfeeding
We often think of breastfeeding as something you do for the first six months of life. However, the World Heath Organization recommends continuing after the introduction of solid foods, up until the age of two. Just one of the many reasons for this is that breast milk contains an abundance of nutrients and minerals that change according to your baby or toddler’s developing requirements. But while that might sound idyllic and wonderful before your baby comes along, it might not happen so easily after birth. That’s why breastfeeding support is essential in the first few weeks.
Extended breastfeeding is better for the immune system
Research shows that babies who are breastfed have less gastrointestinal disease, respiratory problems, ear infections and allergies. Similarly they are usually unwell for a reduced amount of time and normally the illness is of less severity. The reason for this is that breast milk contains live cells that help fight infection. The best bit is that the longer you breastfeed, the longer the immune benefits will assist your child later in life.
Breastmilk is brain food
Some research suggests that babies who are breastfed have higher IQs. However, what we do know for certain is that the live cells in breast milk are responsible for increased brain function and in particular cognitive development.
Breastfeeding support helps mums and babies to bond
While women who bottle-feed also bond with their babies, breastfeeding support encourages new mums to persevere with breastfeeding. This gives them an added connection and additional precious time to spend bonding with baby. As children enter toddlerhood, breastfeeding offers comfort and nurturing at a time when little ones are trying to determine the world around them. A tantrum can often be averted if a comforting breastfeed is offered.
It’s good for mums
Women who breastfeed can lower their breast cancer and ovarian cancer risk, especially if they breastfeed for longer than one year. Breastfeeding also lowers mum’s risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Extended breastfeeding compounds these benefits. The longer a woman breastfeeds for, the greater the health benefits for her.
Breastmilk is super-convenient
Breastfeeding is more convenient than formula, not least because it is free of charge, takes no mixing, heating or cooling down, and it gives your baby everything they need in terms of nutrients and minerals. It’s also a quick and effective way to sooth your child, which is extremely handy for toddlers who sometimes have meltdowns for no apparent reason.
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