Breastfeeding provides your baby with the calories and nutrients that are needed to grow, and it also helps your infant develop a stronger immune system. First-time mothers in Grandville, MI, have many breastfeeding questions. Dr. Jeffrey Mantia of Grandville Pediatrics in Grandville, MI, provides education and support to these mothers so they feel confident about breastfeeding their babies.
How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby?
Ideally, you should breastfeed your baby for the first six months. Once your baby is six months old, you can use a combination of breast milk and baby food. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can use a combination of breast milk and solid foods until your child is two years old.
How Does Breastfeeding Affect the Mother?
Breastfeeding is not only beneficial for your baby, but it also provides health benefits for breastfeeding mothers in Grandville, MI. Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding also builds a close bond between you and your baby which is good for your emotional well-being.
How Long Should My Baby Breastfeed Each Time?
Once your baby learns how to breastfeed, each session may last less than 10 minutes. Some sessions may only be one to two minutes. If your baby starts losing weight, Dr. Mantia may recommend longer breastfeeding sessions or alternatives to breastfeeding.
Is Breastfeeding Hard?
Breastfeeding is relatively easy, but it does take some practice for you and your baby. The first two months are the most challenging, and we can provide some tips to help.
Learn more about breastfeeding. Call Granville Pediatrics in Grandville, MI today at (616) 538-2410. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment with Dr. Mantia at our Grandville, MI, office.