According to the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, babies should receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life. Breast milk has been proven time and time again to be the best source of nourishment for babies with benefits that provide a life-long impact. Studies show that breastfed babies experience stronger immune systems, advanced cognitive development, and a decreased chance of experiencing sudden infant death syndrome as well as type 2 diabetes and heart disease in adulthood.
Breast milk is a living substance made uniquely by each mother for the needs of their individual infant. Breastfeeding is both convenient and free while the cost of bottle-feeding can quickly add up. Many mothers find breastfeeding to be more convenient than bottle feeding because you always have a fresh supply of milk no matter where you are. Even if you are separated from your baby you can still maintain a fresh supply of milk by way of breast pumping.
Benefits are not only experienced by the baby, but by nursing mother too. Nursing mothers often say that the skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding enhances the bonding experience between mom and baby. The act of breastfeeding burns a lot of calories—about 300-500 a day. The National Resources Defense Council states, “Breastfeeding releases a hormone in the mother (oxytocin) that causes the uterus to return to its normal size more quickly.”
Because of this, nursing mothers tend to lose the pregnancy weight quicker. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between breastfeeding and a lower risk of breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and uterine and ovarian cancer.
If you are interested in learning more about breastfeeding, check out the Medela Breastfeeding University for information on breastfeeding before and after birth. If breastfeeding is the right choice for you and your infant, contact Aeroflow Breastpumps today and let us help you obtain a breast pump through your insurance.
Many mothers find a breast pump to be advantageous because it allows you to build up your milk supply so that others may feed your baby while you are away. We offer the top name brands including Medela, Ameda, Hygeia, Spectra, Tomy, Nuk, Lansinoh, Evenflo, and more. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Breastpump Specialists will verify your insurance and contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your coverage and breast pump options.