Everything about your postnatal period

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the most ideal source of nutrition for the growth and development of your child. It contains antibodies that protect your child against infections. In addition, children of parents with a genetic predisposition to allergic disorders will develop these allergies less early and have less severe symptoms. Breastfeeding contains almost all the nutrients that the child needs, along with some extras such as fatty acids for optimal neurological development. Breast-fed children have a lower risk of diabetes, obesity, intestinal complaints and osteoporosis later in life. Women appear to be at a lower risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer later in life when they have been breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding

Supply and demand

Breastfeeding is a matter of supply and demand. That is to say, the more often the baby sucks at the breast, the more milk the body will produce.

It is very important that the baby is properly attached from the start. Ask for help from the midwife or the maternity nurse. If the baby is properly attached, the feeding should not hurt. The initial latching may be painful.

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Issues with breastfeeding?

If there are problems with breastfeeding, we may refer you to our lactation consultant, Jessie Budding (www.praktijkjessie.nl). She specializes in guiding you with regards to breastfeeding. She will visit you at home, and through practical observation, she will give you tips to make breastfeeding a relaxing and pleasant experience.

Jessie organizes information evenings at our practice to prepare you for the breastfeeding period. Ask us about this during one of the check-ups.

 

There are various organizations that you can go to with questions about breastfeeding. The most well-known are:

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