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Research shows that most women quit breastfeeding the first 10 days after discharge from the hospital. This may be due to a lack of support for most working moms who may want to return back to work or school. It may also be due to a lack of proper latch and not knowing if the baby is getting enough to eat. Some women report a lack of milk production and pain as the cause of quitting breastfeeding early.

Queens Concierge care lactation counselors are able to visit the new mom daily for the first 10 days after delivery. During this time, we will assess, educate, support, coach, and observe breastfeeding sessions until the mom is comfortable and confident to breastfeed and to care for the newborn baby. This is a form of wrap-around services that Queen’s Concierge Care consultants provide to new moms to help them focus on bonding and caring for their babies in the comfort of their homes.

Queen’s Concierge Care nurse consultants can also accompany moms to the doctor’s office if and when needed.

Benefits to the baby

Most research shows that breastfed babies have a lower risk of diarrhea, pneumonia, ear infection, childhood obesity, diabetes, and allergies. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of gastrointestinal tract disease that affects babies born before 37 weeks (premature babies). The hormones and antibodies passed from the mother through breastfeeding help to protect the baby from this illness. Breastfeeding may also improve better brain development and high IQ test. However, some researchers are still looking into this.

Research also indicates that breastfeeding for at least two months may help reduce the risk for Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); however, longer breastfeeding duration may provide better protection from SIDS. This may be due to the boosting of the immune system through breastfeeding and the effects of breastfeeding on the baby’s sleep pattern.

Breastfeeding is simple, cheaper, and is the easiest way to feed a baby due to less sterilization of nipples and bottles. Families save an average of $1000 from the purchase of formulas, feeding bottles, and nipples. Breast milk is always available, and at the right temperature, it changes as the baby grows to meet the baby’s needs. It is safe, easy to digest, provides baby with the energy and nutrients needed for growth and development.

Benefits to the Mother

Mothers who breastfeed tend to bleed less after delivery; they also have a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Breastfeeding also helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The hormone that is released during breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to its previous size.

Both mother and child benefit from the skin to skin contact during breastfeeding. It helps the baby feel warm and secure and increases the bonding between mother and child. The mother benefits from the release of Oxytocin, which aids breast milk flow.

Breastfeeding does not save life and money alone, but it also protects the environment from cans and plastic waste generated from the use of formula. The workforce also benefits from reduced absence from work by breastfeeding mothers compared to their formula-fed counterparts who fall sick more frequently.

Nutritional values of Breastfeeding.

Breast milk contains all the nutrients that babies need, such as protein, fat, minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, leukocytes, IgA, lysozyme, and Lactoferrin. It does not contain any preservatives, colors, and artificial flavors. It is 100 percent organic.