Updated: Jul 13
Most new moms want to give breast feeding a try- it has great benefits for you and your baby. For some moms breast feeding can be a little tricky. Ask your midwife or lactation counsellor for advice. They are a great resource and very helpful.
I breast fed my twins, either both together or separately. I found the first week most difficult, the positioning of the babies, checking they were latched on and just becoming used to breast feeding (milk spurting everywhere). Babies feed a lot as their stomachs are small. Frequent feedings are advised.
If you are able to breast feed, you will feel close to your baby emotionally and physically as breast feeding releases the hormones oxytocin and prolactin. These increase calmness making mom and baby happy.
However, if you are unable to breast feed, you can still form a wonderful close bond with your baby by holding them close when feeding and smiling and talking to them.
The website Healthychildren.org (through the American Academy of Pediatrics) states that
Breast milk contains antibodies, immune factors, enzymes and white blood cells- all to protect your baby from infections and diseases.
Breast milk is convenient - no bottles to prepare. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.