Breastfeeding 101

By: Ashley Rodriguez

What is Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the feeding of milk from a woman's breast to provide nutrients to babies and young children. Breastfeeding consists of 3 stages of lactation which are:

  • 1-2 days after delivery; milk begins to form (colostrum)
  • 2-5 days after delivery; milk arrives
  • Day 5-10; milk production and composition is stable
It is recommended to breastfeed the baby up to at least 6 months of age.

The benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding provides both the mother and the child with many health benefits. These benefits include:
  • good balance of nutrients
  • easily digestible and absorbable for the baby
  • no cost
  • no preparation time
  • prevents infectious diseases
  • helps mom lose weight faster
  • always the right temperature
  • reduces the risk of ovarian, uterine and breast cancer.
How Do My Breasts Make Milk?

What to avoid during breastfeeding

  • consuming alcohol immediately before breastfeeding
  • not eating the proper nutrients
  • not pumping out the milk regularly (which may cause infections)