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Breastfeeding Information For New Parents

Aug 18, 2007
Seeking breastfeeding information can help a mother prepare for the arrival of her infant. This information is easy to obtain. The internet, library, local bookstore and nearest playground can all provide a wealth of information.

Pregnancy and lactation are covered in most childbirth preparation classes. Knowing what is normal during pregnancy and lactation can help a mother recognize potential problems and seek the appropriate care should a abnormality arise. Learning about the basics of pregnancy and lactation can help a couple feel more prepared for the arrival of their baby.

Information about the benefits of breast feeding for the nursing mother can greatly influence a woman's decision about breastfeeding. Breast feeding mothers experience fewer complications after the delivery since the hormones released by the suckling of an infant helps a mother's uterus to contract.

Breast feeding mothers also burn more calories during lactation. They also require a higher caloric intake while nursing. Breast feeding can help a mother shed those last few stubborn pounds following the delivery of the baby. Breast feeding mothers bond quickly with their infants because of the frequent intimate contact between mother and child during feedings.

The benefits of breastfeeding are evident in an infant as well. Breast fed infants are reported to have higher IQ's, have fewer digestion problems and have an intense bond with their mothers. Breast fed infants nurse more frequently than bottle fed babies since breast milk is digested more quickly. Breast fed infants with acid reflux or colic may also experience fewer symptoms while breast feeding than when nursing a bottle.

Researching a few baby websites is a great way to learn the basic pros and cons of breast feeding. Advocates and opponents of breast feeding can often be found in discussion forums and chat rooms. Many baby websites offers message boards, discussion groups and chat rooms dedicated to the topic.

If you have a few favorite baby or parenting magazines, chances are that they offer baby websites as well where you can connect with others and find breastfeeding information and answers to your questions.

A lactation consultant can also answer your breast feeding questions and can even visit your home following the delivery of your baby to help you get started should you choose to breastfeed your baby. A lactation consultant is a breastfeeding specialist and is often associated with the local La Leche League in your community.

The La Leche League is a group of breastfeeding advocates who offer support and breastfeeding information for mothers. Contact your local La Leche chapter to get in touch with a lactation consultant in your area.

Breastfeeding information can be summoned with a few keystrokes, a trip to the local library or even with a telephone call to an experienced mother or lactation consultant. New parents can get breastfeeding information from a variety of sources to help them prepare for parenthood.

Breastfeeding information can help parents prepare intellectually and emotionally for the arrival of their little bundle of joy.
About the Author
Breast feeding is an important aspect of your new born baby. Mike Selvon's portal will keep you informed on breastfeeding information for new parents. Visit our portal and leave a comment at our breast feeding blog.
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