This is what it’s like for me to go out as a Breastfeeding Mom

This is what it’s like for me to go out as a Breastfeeding MomWhen you’re a breastfeeding mom, almost everything revolves around breastfeeding. As the only food source for another precious human being, your job as a breastfeeder is a big responsibility and one that is demanding and time-consuming. Of course your other duties don’t all-of-the-sudden disappear just because you’re breastfeeding. Nope, not the way it works. You’re now juggling all of life’s responsibilities through a new lens. That’s what makes breastfeeding one of the many aspects of motherhood that is simultaneously the best and hardest job in the world.

But wait, here’s another curveball: what if you want to go somewhere without your baby? When you’re a breastfeeding mom getting out without your baby is hard and I’m not just talking about finding a trustworthy babysitter.

I’m very “Type A” so schedules are important to me. I so admire moms with a more carefree spirit that appear to have an easier time “going with the flow” when it comes to breastfeeding, sleep and all aspects of motherhood. My personality made feeding on demand particularly difficult and my now 9-month-old son’s resistance to adhere to my desired sleep schedule was incredibly frustrating. Yes, I realize babies are tiny humans with their own agendas and opinions. But he came from my womb so doesn’t he appreciate schedules too? It took awhile but now we’re seeing more eye-to-eye on this issue.

Finally my baby is on a pretty good schedule of eating and sleeping although sometimes we adjust it as necessary if we’re having an outside the routine kind of day. Even with a schedule that I initiated, my life as a breastfeeding mom is broken down into 2½ hour chunks of time between feedings. Meaning if my baby is going to have something to eat, I have to be physically with him every 2½ hours or I have to pump.  Gone are my “me days” of wandering joyously and aimlessly around 100+ stores at an outlet mall or going on day trips to the mountains to hike to beautiful waterfalls…at least for awhile. It’s all part of the sacrifices of motherhood. I certainly miss my freedom, but I’m not complaining because I get so many rewards in exchange.

It’s a good thing I’m a planner because planning is such a part of my experience as a breastfeeding mom. I work part-time, I have a 5-year-old son, and my husband likes spending adult time with me (occasionally at least). So when I’m working, hanging out with my older son without the baby, and going on a date with my husband, I’m constantly planning around breastfeeding and pumping. It is often a big puzzle I’m working out in my mind and it can be exhausting, especially when I’m the only one focused on the details and the rest of motherhood must go on too.

When I’m away from my baby during the day I try to pump before I leave the house, however that’s not always possible. Sometimes the pump comes along for the ride and I find myself pumping in carpool line or at karate practice. It’s caused me to spill milk more times than I care to admit and it’s rather stressful and awkward, but it’s what needs to be done.

When I’m going on a date with my husband, I plan my entire day around it because I not only have to plan for breastfeeding, I also want to look halfway decent. I am a stickler for the schedule those days to ensure we leave on time. I chip away at getting myself ready throughout the day. Between one set of feedings I may take a shower, the next I’ll do my makeup, then later I’ll make dinner for my older son and puree for the baby.

As soon as the baby finishes his evening feeding and I put him down for the night, I’m rushing off to pump before heading out. I try to pump before leaving because I know I’ll be tired and ready for bed when we return. (As all parents understand, another freedom lost in parenthood is sleeping in on weekends, or ever!  My baby is the most adorable alarm clock I’ve ever met and incredibly reliable for my 6 a.m. daily wakeup call.)

Sometimes I choose not to go out because it’s just too much work and the thought of preparing for a night out is exhausting. As much as I like a nice meal that I don’t have to cook or seeing a movie in a theater, some days I simply cannot handle the details that it would require for me to make that happen. I’m OK with that sacrifice because I truly believe in breastfeeding. In my world it’s an added challenge but one that I accept wholeheartedly. No one is twisting my arm, no one guilted me into it. It’s the choice I make because I believe breastfeeding is the best for my baby, for me and my family. Whether I choose to stay in or venture out without the baby and juggle everything that entails, I always feel great about my choice to breastfeed.

Written by Erin, Loving Moments Brand Ambassador

Reasons to Give Thanks for Baby’s First Year

As a mom to a baby there’s a host of all new things to be grateful for this year. Raising a child can be trying, especially in the first years of infancy and toddlerhood. Despite the temporary struggles, babies bring so much joy into a home. Today we’re sharing our list of reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year.

Health: Health probably tops the list of reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year. Perhaps you’ve had some bumps in the road – a difficult birth, colic in the first few months, several ear infections – but children are resilient. A child’s lifelong journey to good health begins with the wonderful breast milk you are providing. There is no greater gift than health and a healthy start through breastfeeding is one that comes directly from the heart.

Reasons to Give Thanks for Baby’s First YearBonding: Spending cuddly loving moments with your baby is just about the best part of being a new parent. Your baby depends on you for everything and precious bonding during this critical period of emotional growth and security helps ensure a strong relationship throughout your child’s life. When your baby becomes more mobile as a toddler, eventually heads off to school, and then grows into an adolescent, these baby bonding days will be cherished times and the fondest memories.

Firsts: Your baby has accomplished so much in the first year as she becomes aware of the sights, sounds, people, tastes and objects around her. You’ve probably seen your baby roll, sit up, crawl and cut a few teeth by the end of her first year. She’s surely tasted several foods and may be popping out some words already. Plus she’s keenly aware of her family unit and is expressing thoughts and feelings in her own unique way. These amazing firsts in your baby’s development are a fantastic reason to be thankful this year.

Smiles: Nothing melts your heart like your baby’s smile. In the first year you’ve seen her mouth go from a subtle curl to full-out laughter as she spreads joy through her beaming smile. You may work hard for those smiles, doing silly things or just being present with your baby, so go ahead and give thanks for those toothy or toothless grins.

Curiosity: Seeing the world through your baby’s eyes can make you see the wonderment of it all. Your baby’s innocent curiosity is one of her most sacred traits and one to be thankful for every time you witness it. This is how your baby will experience and learn about her environment and grow into the incredible person she’s destined to be.

Personal Growth: As a new parent you’re adding a new role to your resume, or as a veteran parent with a new baby you’ve promoted your responsibilities. Having a baby offers personal growth in many areas, from multi-tasking and learning the best ways to parent, to overcoming challenges and navigating changing family dynamics. While personal growth may be a struggle at times, especially when you’re lacking sleep, it can make you a more compassionate, patient, loving person in the end.

Fulfillment: Adding a tiny person to your family brings a sense of fulfillment to your life. Children offer meaning to your life like nothing else in the world. When you feel full of happiness and pride in your family, it’s a fantastic reason to be thankful.

What reasons to give thanks for baby’s first year are you celebrating this Thanksgiving?

Benefits of Baby Yoga

Stretching and movement is extremely important for both men and women. Just like adults, babies need movement as well to build strength and development. One way to do this is through yoga and building strength within their bodies to promote muscle development along with other beneficial simulations.

The practice of yoga is practiced all around the world and has been known to be extremely beneficial because it builds a healthy body and wellbeing. While this has helped many adults, studios have been popping up that cater towards baby yoga. Today we are sharing five reasons why baby yoga is beneficial:

 

  1. Promotes Digestion: When a baby practices yoga with their mothers they are able to do specific movements that aid towards their digestion. Yoga promotes regular bowl movements and lessens the chance of your baby becoming constipated. Regular knee movements and stretches will release tension in your baby’s stomach which will give them relief from gas and any other troubles.
  2. Stimulates Muscle and Nerve Development: Through yoga babies can become more aware of their bodies, specifically their arms and legs because they will be strengthening their muscles. Yoga also promotes upper body and neck strength. This can be done when you lay your baby on their tummies and they are more prone to trying to lift their head to see what is going on. These movements will further flexibility and balance as well. In addition, yoga stimulates a baby’s senses once they become more aware of their bodies and their movements.
  3. Reduces Stress: Because yoga is a calming exercise it reduces the stress hormone cortisol. This is true for babies as well. When stress and anxiety are reduced in your baby they often times will have a more restful behavior, which can lead to better and longer sleep.
  4. Creates a Stronger Bond between Parents and their Babies: Parents can become more in tune with their baby’s needs when they practice yoga or daily movements with their child. Yoga promotes confidence in parents and gives them more self-assurance when handling their baby. Yoga also encourages play and interaction between baby and parent. When a parent is more confident they are able to recognize their child’s needs and wants.
  5. Promotes Socialization for both Mothers and Babies: Baby yoga isn’t just relaxing it can also be fun and promote socialization for moms and babies. When moms participate in classes they can meet other moms, and babies can become accustomed to seeing other children and people.

 

First Foods for Baby: Vegetables

first foods for babiesWe shared last week: First Foods for Baby: Fruits, and today we are continuing our post with the first veggies for baby. Vegetables are very important to our daily nutrition, and even more important to a baby who is first beginning to take real foods.

Learn which veggies are best, their nutrients, and how to prepare them:

Carrots: Carrots are one of the many vegetables high in beta-carotene, which is a wonderful antioxidant for your baby. Carrots are also rich in Vitamins A and C, calcium, folate, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and have small amounts of iron, copper, and zinc. Before you buy your carrots, make sure you are buying the proper ones. Baby carrots are an industrial made product, and more than often they contain less of the valuable nutrients your baby needs compared to regular, large carrots. If you find baby carrots that say “baby cut” than they are fine. You can serve the carrots either steamed or boiled and then mash them.

Sweet Potatoes and Regular Potatoes: The consistency of a potato is very soft and easy to mash. While both are going to be fairly easy to feed to your baby, you might find the sweet potato too be easier due to its sweetness, which is similar to breastmilk. Both sweet and regular white potatoes have are good sources of Vitamin C and potassium. They are also rich in fiber and great for your baby’s digestive system. When you baby becomes used to solids you can finely chop the potatoes and serve them whole. They are great finger foods as well!

Butternut Squash: Butternut squash and acorn squash are the perfect first foods for your baby! Butternut squash contains lots of vitamin and nutrients your baby needs in their first foods. With a smooth consistency, it is also easy to mash and puree which will make preparation simple. Butternut squash is high in Vitamin A, folate, calcium, and potassium. The sweet flavor might also be easy to feed your baby because they are already used to the sweet taste of your breastmilk. Be careful if you’re making it homemade because you will need to properly wash the vegetable to rid all pesticides and germs. Butternut squash can be served mashed or pureed, and once your child is ready for solids you can serve them baked and finely chopped.

Eggplant: Compared to the rest of the vegetables on this list, eggplants will have the smallest amount of nutrients. However, they are packed with Vitamins A and K, folate, and calcium. Eggplants also contain fiber, which is important for your baby’s digestion. You can serve eggplant pureed with the skin or peeled. Some experts say if you baby is having trouble with their digestion then peel off the skin before pureeing. Make sure to always wash your veggies before you serve them to your baby.

Cauliflower: Cauliflower is a wonderful first food for your baby. This veggie is jam packed with Vitamins A and C, and contains a healthy amount of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, folate, and lutein. Although this vegetable might make your baby a tad bit gassy, cauliflower holds lots of phytochemicals which are said to fight against cancer! The best way to prepare cauliflower for your baby is to steam it and then mash it. Steaming your vegetables will keep all the nutrients inside. When your baby is ready for the next step you can either bake or roast the cauliflower for small finger foods.

Zucchini: Zucchinis are great during the colder months because they are at their peak and loaded with vitamins and minerals. This vegetable is also really great because it can easily be steamed and mashed and ready to serve in less than 20 minutes. Zucchini is rich in Vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and folate. It works wonderfully with your baby’s digestive system and will help with constipation. Zucchini can be served in a number of ways. It can be steamed or boiled and then either pureed or mashed. It can also be frozen into tiny ice cubes to give to your baby while they are teething.

 

 

First Foods for Baby: Fruits

When your baby reaches her 4 month marker she is said to be ready for baby food. If you’re still unsure you can test her on a few things. Can she keep her head up all by herself? Can she sit up without assistance? As a parent you will have many questions you want answered before introducing new foods to your baby. One of them might be whether or not to start with vegetables first or fruits. Some experts recommend starting with fruits because they are similar to breastmilk in sweetness and your baby will have an easier time accepting the change. On the other hand, others say to start with vegetables because as humans we inherent a taste for sweets and feeding your baby vegetables first will widen their palate and possibly be less difficult introducing after sweet fruits. There is never a right or wrong answer between the two, and if given appropriately your baby will have no problem eating and digesting either or.

Fruits are an important part of our daily nutrition. They contain a valuable source of vitamins, fiber, calcium, iron, and other beneficial minerals. Today we are sharing which fruits to start your baby with and their health benefits:

 

Bananas: Bananas are great for your baby’s first food! Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, and include Vitamins B and C. They also offer a great boost of energy because they contain slow-release sugars that are released throughout the day for sustained energy. Bananas are a top pick for maintain a healthy digestion and they can treat cases of diarrhea and constipation. In addition, this fruit also helps sustain proper heart and stomach health. For preparation, bananas are simple to prepare and can be served mashed or chopped. For the first few months we suggest mashed or pureed, and as your little one becomes more experienced with solids you can serve them minced or chopped.

Pears: Pears are one of the least allergenic fruits which make them a perfect first food option. They are also very gentle on your baby’s tummy and work great for babies suffering from Reflux. Pears contain no sodium, saturated fats, or cholesterol, and are a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, and calcium. They are also packed with potassium and magnesium. Pears can be served pureed or mashed in the first few months. After that they can be served in chunks, and parents you don’t need to worry about peeling the skin off once your baby becomes accustomed to solids, but make sure to clean and wash your pears before eating.

Avocados: Yes, avocados are in fact a fruit! They are also one of the best superfoods and are loaded with proteins for muscle development and unsaturated fats for good brain and nervous system development. Avocados are a great source of fiber, potassium, folate, Vitamin E, and iron. They also contain beta-carotene which promotes healthy vision and lowers the risk of cancer. The avocado is smooth and creamy which makes it a perfect first food for your baby. When your baby is ready you can serve the avocado mashed and then cubed as they get older and begin to chew.

Blueberries: This fruit contains the highest antioxidant amount than all fruits! Blueberries are rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin K, and lutein, a carotenoid which is an essential for proper brain development and eye development. Blueberries are not a common allergen and they are not part of the family of berries that are known to poses allergy threats. Blueberries are one of the simplest fruits because their preparation is minimal. You can give your baby blueberries around the ages of 6-9 months, and as they become more experienced and reach the 1 year marker you can carefully serve them in halves or as wholes.

Apples: Apples are one of the best first baby foods. They are jam packed with fiber, which helps maintain a regular bowel and a healthy digestive system. Apples promote cardiovascular health, lung health, bone health, are low-fat, and they help maintain a healthy weight. Apples can be served in numerous ways. First they should be peeled and mashed into apple sauce and then once your baby reaches 8-10 months old you can try cubed apples.

 

Always remember it can take a few times for your baby to like a new food. Never give up if they don’t like it the first time! Before giving your baby new foods it’s important to speak to your pediatrician and ask their advice depending on your baby and their health.

 

Keep a look out for next week’s post featuring first vegetables for baby!

 

 

Loving Moments’ Legging Giveaway!

L401-LeggingsHere at Loving Moments we are all about the awesome benefits breastfeeding gives to mommies and babies. Breastfeeding is the ultimate nutrition because it supplies all the necessary nutrients for proper development, protects your baby against illness and disease, it fights against allergies and obesity, it’s easily digested, and breast milk caters to your baby’s specific needs through their saliva!

 

This week we are encouraging our audience to think again about the benefits breastfeeding can give to our little ones. With this special sweepstake, we are giving away maternity leggings to the first fifteen people to email us a breastfeeding fact! The first five will win an additional prize along with their leggings!

 

The rules of this giveaway are simple: please email us at avannoy@leadinglady.com with a breastfeeding fact, your pant size from M-2XL, your bra size, and mailing address. The breastfeeding fact must not be one listed above in the first paragraph, but something else that is interesting and not so well known. You must also list the source from where you found the fact. Our Loving Moments’ Legging Giveaway will only be available until Friday, October 31st!

 

Why Your Baby Sucks their Fingers

You may have noticed your baby has found her fingers and toes, and either one or the other has made their way into her mouth. While some parents might think their baby is sucking on their fingers too much and they may have concerns about whether this might affect their tooth and mouth development, it is actually completely normal for a baby between the ages of 2-6 months old to want to put things in their mouth. There is nothing out of the ordinary for a baby to be curious about their surroundings. In fact sucking on their fingers and toes is something that encourages development.

During their second month of life, babies will have developed a strong sucking impulse from breastfeeding and bottle feeding. They will begin to suck on their fingers, and maybe even their whole fist at times. This tends to be a comforting reaction for them, much like breastfeeding is also. However, finger sucking can turn into thumb sucking, and too much finger sucking may turn into a few difficulties. Today we are sharing why your baby sucks their fingers, the risks of finger sucking, and ways to control it.

There are plenty of reasons why your baby wants to suck her fingers. One could be to taste because as she explores her environment her sense of taste will help her distinguish items based on texture, smell, and what is tasty and what isn’t. Another could be to touch so they can feel and learn the quality and consistency of an object. However, most of the time when your baby puts her fingers in her mouth is because she is either hungry, teething, or because sucking on her fingers is soothing and relaxes her.

While sucking on her fingers can be a soothing, your baby may be at risk for some possible health conditions. Although it is normal in the beginning, if you notice the finger sucking continues after she has begun teething she might affect her tooth development. Not to mention the fingers can turn into thumb sucking, which can reshape the direction of her front teeth and the roof of her mouth. It can also be health hazardous if your baby is touching everything in her path and then puts her fingers in her mouth, which are covered in germs. This can lead to illness or even something far more serious. Sucking on her fingers too much can also cause her fingers to deform from the excess saliva soaking into the skin.

To prevent these possible health hazards, there are many ways to control your baby’s finger sucking. It’s important to know finger sucking is absolutely normal for a baby to do and it doesn’t necessarily need to be stopped unless it is becoming hazardous to their health. However, to prevent illness it’s a good idea to regularly wipe your baby’s hands and clean them after she touches objects that could be covered in bad germs. As they get older try to encourage them with other objects to suck on rather than their hands. Give them a pacifier or a teething toy to suck and chew on.

If the finger sucking is beginning to be a problem contact your doctor for further advice.

 

Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Oral Health and Development

Did you know breastfeeding can build a strong jaw, teeth, and prevent cavities? Breastfeeding can do a lot for a baby’s oral health and development. Compared to bottle fed babies, those who are breastfed exclusively for 6 months are less likely to develop malocclusion, an overbite, and they are less likely to take a pacifier, which can cause future dental issues. Today we are sharing a few ways breastfeeding is good for your baby’s oral health and development!

 

The precious moment’s spent breastfeeding  go hand in hand with the wonderful benefits breastmilk gives our babies. What many moms don’t know is breastfeeding provides ample attributes to their baby’s development, such as oral health. When a baby breastfeeds they are using various muscles in their face, such as their tongue and lips to squeeze and eat. When their muscles contract they are building a stronger jaw and tongue which will help later on when they are ready to eat solid foods.

Furthermore, while your baby breastfeeds they are also shaping their mouths for proper dental development. In compassion to bottle fed babies, breastfeeding promotes lip squeezing which creates a well-developed jaw whereas bottle feeders are more prone to sucking with their tongue. The roof of your mouth is connected to your upper jaw, and when your baby sucks too forcefully on a bottle it can potentially cause improper teeth alignment in the future because the tops of their mouths are not developing into a fitting arch for appropriate development. This is also associated with thumb sucking and pacifiers.

While breastfed babies are not prone to cavities, they do have a lesser chance than formula feed babies of developing them later in life. One of the biggest problems with bottle feeding your baby is they have the chance of not swallowing all of the liquid. The formula than pools in their mouth which can cause bacteria build up, cavities, tooth decay, and dry mouth. When a baby breastfeeds they are preventing pooling because they pull their mother’s nipple deep in their mouths and squeeze the milk to the back of their throats. This prevents bacteria build up and the risk of dental decay. The baby is also producing more saliva when they breastfeed which inhibits dry mouth.

Breastmilk also has the ability to fight off bacteria and other dental issues because it has high pH levels. IgA and IgG are just two good enzymes in human milk that fights off bad bacteria and promotes proper teeth development. Breastmilk also has the key nutrients, calcium and phosphorus, which helps teeth grow strong and healthy.

 

It may be true that breastfeeding your baby will help them build a strong oral health and development, but it’s also true that a healthy diet will help this process. A mother’s diet is just as important as what she feeds her baby because whatever she consumes, her baby consumes as well through her breastmilk. Ask your doctor or lactation consultant what they think about breastfeeding and oral health and development, and what you can do to help your baby grow up strong and healthy!

 

 

Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Stomach

A women’s breastmilk has been feeding babies for many years. After the formula industry took off, mothers turned to bottle feeding because it seemed to save time and energy. However, after some time and research numerous health problems began to rise, such as child obesity, infections, food allergies, and issues with immune systems. Poor immune systems is one of the biggest problems we face today because babies are not getting the proper essentials they need during infancy to grow up strong and healthy.

 

Today we are going to discuss the benefits breastmilk has on a baby’ stomach:

 

If you are unaware, your gut is almost 70% of your immune system, which means your gut plays a significant role in your health and well-being. When a baby is born, and before they reach the age of six months, they have immature digestive systems, and their gastrointestinal tract does not produce the enzymes they need to protect their stomach. They are completely dependent on their nutrition they receive during this short period of their lives. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months after birth because breastmilk contains the specific nutrition and enzymes a baby needs to proper gut development.

While breastmilk contains specific enzymes your baby needs for gut development and immune protection, such as sIgA, amylase, and lipase, it also contains proteins and other good bacteria which help protect your baby from the dangers in the environment. These elements are crucial for your baby’s gut health because their stomach is then able to gather good bacteria to line their guts before bad bacteria can get in and potentially cause harm.

One of the best antibodies in breastmilk is sIgA, which is a passive form of antibody protection that lines the GI tract. SIgA also plays a key role in protecting susceptible areas such as the oral cavity and lungs, and it even helps us as we get older from forms of illness and stress. SIgA is a primary gut immune defense, and when disturbed our bodies become more prone to reactions associated with IgE, an inflammatory reaction, and IgG, which can result in sickness, food allergies, and other sensitivities.

Breastfeeding also helps with digestion. A baby who breastfeeds is able to digest their food a lot faster than a baby who is fed formula because breastmilk is easier on the stomach. Furthermore, breastfeed babies have also been known to have a more acidic stomach. This is why formula fed babies become constipated more often, and why their stools tend to be denser.

 

Developing a strong gut health is important for everyone, but especially babies because they are more prone to illnesses earlier in their lives. When babies are breastfeed they are able to obtain all the necessary enzymes and good bacteria they need to help ward off disease and potential harm, unlike formula that doesn’t have sIgA which is detrimental during the first few months.

 

Breastfeeding and a Baby’s Brain Development

It’s a proven fact breastfeeding produces better brain development than formula or a combination of both. While breastmilk provides key elements for a baby’s health, it extends far beyond the basic nutrition. Breastmilk provides vital components that produce a balanced brain, which is needed during the first few years of your baby’s development.

Today we are going to discuss how breastfeeding helps develop your baby’s brain:

 

During the first years of your baby’s life, their brain develops quite rapidly. Their brains are mostly shaped around their experiences and observations. The close connection a baby shares with their mother while breastfeeding is one of these experiences that build a sense of emotion. Because breastmilk is digested faster, a baby is more likely to interact with their mother, and the skin-to-skin contact creates a special responsive bonding experience. Breastfeeding provides lifelong benefits in adolescents and adults as well. Babies who are exclusively breastfeed for 3 to 6 months often times have a better grasp on their emotions later in life due to these experiences.

Beyond physical and emotional connections, breastfeeding contains key nutrients for better brain development, such as DHA, Cholesterol, and Lactose. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a fundamental nutrient for growth and maintenance of brain tissue. Babies who are breastfeed have been known to show higher levels of DHA. As strange as it sounds to some, Cholesterol is another crucial element needed for brain development. Fats are needed for ideal brain development because they provide the right substances for producing myelin, the fatty shield that protects nerve fibers so they can safely carry information to different parts of the brain. Sugars are also significant nutrients needed for your baby’s brain development. The sugar, Lactose, is present in breastmilk, and after it enters the body it breaks into simple sugars: glucose and galactose. Galactose is needed for brain tissue development.

Breastmilk has also been linked to cases where children have higher IQ’s than others who are formula feed. Babies who are exclusively breastfeed for 3 months have been known to develop better cognitive aftermaths because larger parts of their brains are developed, such as parts related to language, emotional function, and cognition.

 

While providing lifelong benefits, breastmilk will offer the best vitamins and minerals for an overall healthy brain. Talk to your pediatrician and lactation consultant to learn more about all the benefits breastmilk can offer you and your baby, and checkout this Friday’s post where we will discuss how breastmilk develops strong tummies!