Deciding Whether to Breastfeed? Here Are 6 Breastfeeding Facts to Help You Make Up Your Mind by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

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Deciding Whether to Breastfeed? Here Are 6 Breastfeeding Facts to Help You Make Up Your Mind

Breastfeeding is an amazing human phenomenon, but it has its challenges. As a nurse practitioner, I’ve fielded hundreds of questions from moms who want the real scoop. Here are six practical facts that I share with parents who are deciding whether breastfeeding is right for their family:

  • It’s less expensive and more accessible. You don’t ever have to worry about forgetting food.
  • It’s your baby’s secret recipe. Breast milk has just the right amount of protein, fats, vitamins and carbohydrates for your baby.
  • It’s healing. Breast milk has antibodies that fight infection, and when you or your baby is sick, you make more than usual.
  • It’s a living substance. Breast milk contains live cells, including stem cells, which grow to become brain, heart, kidney and bone tissue.
  • It’s a built-in workout. Breastfeeding burns an extra 500 to 600 calories a day.

Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone, but for many, the pros far outweigh the cons. Talk to your provider if you have questions or concerns! 

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Thank you for shining a light on the benefits of breastfeeding, Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP . There are so many!

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