Infants need two times the amount of nutrients than an adult. Breast feeding your baby is a very personal decision and can be very rewarding. The skill to breast feed may take a little time but is worth the effort.
Colostrum is the first milk that a womens breast produces, also referred to as "Liquid Gold", this is great for a newborns health. It is high in antibodies and contains live cells that destroy bacteria and other substances that may be harmful to your babies health. After about the 6th day early milk is beginning to come in. This milk contains more sugar, water, and calories than colostrum. With in 2 weeks the mothers mature milk will come in. This contains less protein and more calories, carbohydrates and fat than colostrum and early milk. Infants who are breastfed do show to have less ear infections, less gas, less spitting up, and also fewer allergies. Breastfed babies also tend to have higher I Q scores.
Breast feeding your infant can feel great to the infant and to the mother as well. Physical contact is important to a newborn, this will help form a great bond between mother and infant. This well help your infant feel more confident, secure and the infant will feel warm and comforted. The skin to skin contact will help boost the mothers oxytocin levels. This hormone will help the uterus contract faster and help the flow of the mothers milk. Mothers who breast feed tend to have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression.
Formula is a man made chemically based substance that is made with cows milk or soybean, your baby is not a cow or a bean they are little human beings. Breast milk is all natural and inexspensive. In fact no bottles or nipples are needed so this is also better for the environment.