Immediately after giving birth the hormones in your body change. This helps your body to start producing breast milk.
In the first few days after birth it is important to breastfeed your baby often. This gets milk production going. Your breasts produce sufficient milk and will adapt to your baby’s intake.
The beautiful thing about breastfeeding is the amount of nutrients and antibodies it contains. The antibodies provide protection against developing specific allergies and illnesses. It also reduces the mother’s chances of getting breast cancer. It contains all the nutrients your baby needs. When you give birth prematurely, the composition of your breast milk is different from when you give birth near your due date.
Every healthy mother is able to breastfeed. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to get it going and a breast pump can help with this.
During pregnancy you choose the way you want to feed your baby.
You and your partner can make the choice between breast milk and formula together. After birth your maternity nurse and midwife will help you with breastfeeding.
See www.borstvoeding.com for more information about breastfeeding.