Healthy Mothers Make for Healthy Babies
BabyGoRound is partnering with Medela Canada to pilot a breast pump distribution program to better serve mothers who want to nurse their babies, but may be having challenges.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Worldwide there is unanimous agreement about the importance of breastfeeding. It is reflected in the World Health Organization’s recommendation that moms breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of the baby’s life, with continued breastfeeding along with solid foods at least for the first two years. Breastfeeding, however, is advantageous beyond its nutritional benefits; it protects the baby against infection, regulates and enhances the physiological systems of the mom and baby, and facilitates bonding between them.
BabyGoRound is not advocating that mothers breastfeed, as it is an individual choice. However, we do support the World Health Organization’s recommendations. We also know that nursing is the best option, economically, for many of the mothers that visit BabyGoRound.
Breastfeeding benefits for Moms
When moms follow nature’s lead and breastfeed their babies, their own bodies benefit - and so do their budgets.
- Breastfeeding reduces post-delivery bleeding and the risk of anaemia.
- Breastfeeding mothers have a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Breastfeeding mothers have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer. They are also four times less likely to develop osteoporosis.
- Breastfeeding lowers the risk of developing postpartum anxiety and depression.
- Breastfeeding delays the return of the menstrual cycle. But be aware that breastfeeding cannot be used as a method of birth control.
- Feeding your baby breast milk can help you burn over 500 calories per day and will help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight more quickly. You would need to run 8km or walk 11km every day to burn the equivalent amount of calories.
For more information about Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants from Health Canada please visit: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/recom/index-eng.php or Health Recommendations from the World Health Organization, please visit: www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/topics/newborn/nutrition/breastfeeding/en/