Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby, but it doesn’t
come easily to all mothers and babies. Many mothers have difficulties
with latching and positioning, but the lactation consultants available at the
obstetrics unit of Palms West Hospital can help families overcome these challenges.
Sticking with breastfeeding through the challenging first few weeks is
a worthwhile endeavor, since it offers unique benefits for both babies
Benefits for Babies
After birth, the first milk that a breastfed baby receives is called colostrum.
Colostrum is packed with essential nutrients and
antibodies to protect your baby from infections. Colostrum stimulates the development of your baby’s
digestive system. The regular milk that comes in a few days after birth
also contains the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs to thrive.
Breastfed babies might have lower risks of going on to develop childhood
obesity, asthma, leukemia, lower respiratory infections, sudden infant
death syndrome (SIDS), type 2 diabetes, and ear infections. Additionally,
research suggests that children who were breastfed as babies may display
better verbal intelligence than those who were not.
Benefits for Mothers
Breastfeeding also confers health benefits on mothers. It can support the
healing process after childbirth and it may decrease the risk of ovarian
cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes in women. It may even help
mothers shed the weight they gained during pregnancy, since breastfeeding
requires plenty of calories.
Benefits during Emergencies
For new moms who live in areas that are prone to natural disasters, breastfeeding
can be a life-saver. During a natural disaster, access to clean water
and formula may be limited. Breastmilk is readily available from breastfeeding
mothers and it’s always at the right temperature.
The New Life Center at
Palms West Hospital offers a warm, secure setting in which to welcome your baby into the world.
In addition to our medical services, our obstetrics team in Loxahatchee,
FL, provides lactation consulting and breast pump rentals. For general
information about our obstetrics or other medical services, you can speak
with a registered nurse at (561) 345-7009.