Breastfeeding , also known as nursing , is the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman's breast. Deaths of an estimated , children under the age of five could be prevented globally every year with increased breastfeeding. Benefits for the mother include less blood loss following delivery, better uterus shrinkage, and decreased postpartum depression. Health organizations, including the World Health Organization WHO , recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months.
Here are answers to some common queries that mothers — new and veteran — may have. Many infants will spit up a little after some — or even all — feedings or during burping because their digestive tracts are immature. That's perfectly normal. As long as your baby is growing and gaining weight and doesn't seem uncomfortable with the spitting up, it's OK.
You may have heard people talking about two kinds of milk — foremilk and hindmilk. This suggests that breasts produce two distinct kinds of milk, which is not the case. The milk-making cells in your breasts all produce the same kind of milk.
Read on to find out if you really have an oversupply of milk, and what you can do about it. Breast milk is amazing, so having lots is a good thing, right? Well, not always Some babies struggle with the fast flow that usually accompanies an overabundant milk supply.