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What's the Big Deal About Breastfeeding?

Women who are pregnant may be wondering what the big deal is about breastfeeding. Nursing your child can provide numerous benefits, including important nutrients that are building blocks for his or her immune system and crucial antibodies that can aid in fighting various diseases. And it's not just the baby who benefits! There are many positive aspects for mothers as well, including physical and psychological benefits.

Considering the Breastfeeding Option

As you are busily trying to stock up on diapers and all those cute onesies for your new arrival, you may be starting to wonder about how to feed your baby. Although a mother's choice to breastfeed, formula-feed, or a use combination of both is a personal decision, there are many factors to consider with the various choices. If you are considering breastfeeding, you may be wondering about the benefits it offers and how it all works.
 

"Liquid Gold!"

The first breast milk your body produces is called colostrum, but it is sometimes referred to as "liquid gold." This liquid is thick and usually yellow in color. It is very rich in nutrients and antibodies that protect your baby. Although only a small amount is produced at each feeding, it is sufficient for the small size of your newborn's tummy.
 
By the third or fourth day after delivery, your breast milk changes from colostrum into mature milk. This form of breast milk has just the right blend of water, fat, protein, and sugar for your baby to thrive. It also provides all of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs.
 
(Click All About Colostrum for more information on how this substance can be beneficial for your newborn.)
 
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