Scientific research shows that breastfeeding is the best nutrition for a newborn baby. Breast milk protects your baby against infection because of the antibodies the breast milk contains. Also, children who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from allergies, and they usually have a stronger immune system. It also reduces the risk of cot/crib death.
Despite these advantages, not everyone can or want to breastfeed. Depending on medical or personal reasons, you can choose not to breastfeed. Bottle feeding is a great alternative. The important thing is that you choose a method of feeding where you and your child feel comfortable with.
If you are considering to breastfeed then it is advisable that you obtain relevant information during your pregnancy. There are Dutch courses available (evening and morning), check: https://www.borstvoedingenmeer.nl/. You can also read books or see ‘how to’ videos on youtube. Make sure that you know what you can expect.
Lactation consultants specialize in breastfeeding. Breastfeeding sometimes means (especially the first week) investing. And it might be necessary to obtain some extra advice to make a good start in breastfeeding. A meeting with a lactation consultant is a good resource. In most cases this is covered by your health insurance.
We work together with the lactation consultants of Borstvoeding & meer.
INFORMATION EVENING BREASTFEEDING
Borstvoeding & meer organizes monthly information sessions about breastfeeding. Go to https://www.borstvoedingenmeer.nl/goedestart for dates and to register.
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