According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding is recommended for babies during at least the first year. Breast milk is easily digested and contains all the nutrients, including iron, that full-term babies need in the first six months of life. Other foods can be gradually added during the second six months of life.
Furthermore, breast milk contains living cells that not only make protective antibodies, but also can destroy disease-causing bacteria and viruses in infants. The protective immunity babies receive may last well beyond the time you actually nurse, so even a short period of breastfeeding will help your baby.
Breast milk contains the perfect amount and type of fat for your baby's nutrition and development and plays an important role in the development of your baby's eyes, brain and central nervous system. The fat content of breast milk changes throughout the feeding and throughout the day in response to the baby's needs. It also changes as your baby gets older. At night, your breast milk contains more fat than earlier in the day, which may help your baby sleep longer.
For a quick reference guide to breastfeeding, you can download and print our Breastfeeding Helpful Hints.
Cow's milk is not for babies
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises waiting a year before giving cow's milk to a baby. Skim milk or low-fat milk should not be used during the first two years of life. Fats are important to your baby's brain development.
Maternal Expressions Boutique
Maternal Expressions Boutique offers a variety of products and services for new mothers. Our hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can reach us at 252-847-1749 or 252-847-7439 for more information.
We also offer certified bra fittings for pregnant and nursing women. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can call to make an appointment.
A support group for all breastfeeding moms meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at Vidant Wellness Center, 2610 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville. Infants and children are welcome, and child care is available. For more information, call 252-847-7439.