Best for baby, best for mom Breastfeeding provides optimum health benefits not only for your baby, but also for your partner.
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. And because it is a living biological fluid, it changes as the baby grows to offer the best combination of nutrients that make it easy for the baby to digest and use.
Breastfeeding prevents sickness, lowers risk of infection and even promotes intelligence, better eyesight, and healthy teeth. Babies are less prone to diarrhea, pneumonia, asthma, allergies and other chronic diseases.
Breastfed babies grow up to be health, smart, and happy.
For your wife, breastfeeding encourages contraction of the uterus so it returns to its normal size. It boosts metabolism for a more rapid and sustained weight loss. Milk production uses up 200-500 calories or the equivalent of swimming 30 laps or riding a bicycle for over an hour.
Breastfeeding also delays fertility and decreases risks for breasts, ovarian, and endometrical cancers.
Lower costs with breastfeeding Breastfeeding means lower health costs: • Less likely for your baby to be hospitalized due to serious illnesses • Less trips to the doctor, dentist, and even the orthodontist • Lack of need to buy medicine • Less absenteeism or leaves to care for a sick baby or wife • Lack of need to buy formula since breast milk is free • Lack of need to sterilize water, bottles and teats
Family outings or trips mean less things to pack and worry about food for your baby. Your wife can easily feed when your baby gets hungry.
Most importantly, breastfeeding allows you to enjoy a healthy baby and partner.
To get the most out of breastfeeding, get yourself informed. Before the baby is born, read up on baby care books and magazines to provide you with practical tips on how you can be a supportive partner.
Take also the time for you and your wife to attend childbirth and childcare classes that provide encouraging and accurate information about breast feeding. This is one of the best ways to prepare for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.
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