Breastfeeding Benefits and Tips
Here at Cairns Private Hospital, we offer new parents caring, professional support no matter what their choice of feeding method, while being big believers in the many benefits of breastfeeding.
As well as the many health benefits for mum and baby, breastmilk has no packaging (reducing environmental impact), and doesn’t cost money. Skin-to-skin contact that takes place while breastfeeding also enhances bonding, and even helps to keep mum and baby calm by stimulating the release of a hormone called oxytocin.
Benefits for Baby^
Breastmilk helps to build babies’ immune system, so babies who are breastfed are less likely to be hospitalised for illness and infection. They also have a lower risk of a variety of health concerns that can affect their gastrointestinal tract, middle ear, upper respiratory system and urinary tract. It is less likely also, that they develop obesity or type 2 diabetes later in life.
Benefits for Mum^
Breastfeeding can assist the uterus to return faster to its pre-pregnant state, may help women lose weight after birth, and may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and pre-menopausal breast cancer – as well as potentially reducing the risk of mothers with gestational diabetes later developing type 2 diabetes.
Through our popular Know My Midwife program, Cairns Private Maternity offers breastfeeding education and support and access to lactation consultants. You can read more about the program here.
Access to experienced registered midwives and lactation consultants is also available through the Postnatal Drop In Clinic that runs every Friday, for those with babies aged up to 12 months. Individualised lactation related appointments can be made on a needs basis also, on other days of the week. Learn more at www.cairnsprivate.com.au/Maternity/After-birth-Support
Partners can practically support their partner with breastfeeding. Ways in which they can assist include bringing baby to mum for a breastfeed, and offering to give her a glass of water too. Support from a partner is one of the contributing factors that impacts on successful breastfeeding.