Breastfeeding info

Did you know...?
  • After the birth, breastfeeding encourages normal contractions that help to return the mother’s uterus to its pre-pregnant state.
  • Formula has between 25 and 45 ingredients, while breastmilk has over 200 ingredients.
  • Breastmilk is a living food, full of immune-benefitting components. At one year of age, when babies are exploring their environment more, breastmilk has more immune boosting components.
  • Breastfed babies only eat as much as they need.
  • Breastmilk is sterile: it can be used for treating pink-eye, diaper rash, cradle cap, and minor cuts.  Rub it onto your nipples if they are cracked and sore.
  • Breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin, which creates a heightened feeling of relaxation in the mother and the baby.

 

Visualisation practice

Before your baby is born, try a visualisation technique for successful breastfeeding:
http://mothering.com/breastfeeding/visualizing-breastfeeding-success
 

Breastfeeding Support

Keep in mind that breastfeeding is a skill that needs to be learned -  if you need some support, there is help available in Brussels:

The La Leche League has a branch in Belgium. The site is www.lllbelgique.org

Breastfeeding (and bottle feeding) support can also be found through volunteers at the Brussels Childbirth Trust (www.bctbelgium.com)

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