What is breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding, also called nursing, is feeding an infant milk, usually directly from the mother’s breast.
- Baby was born to breastfeed. A few minutes after a baby is born, they look to get milk from the mother’s breast.
- Baby likes skin to skin contact. Skin to skin contact improves a newborn’s health and bond parents and baby. It also boosts oxytocin – a hormone that helps lactation and calms mom. Ask partners to hold the baby to their bare chest after a feeding.
Breastmilk is convenient. When directly breastfeeding, there is no worry about buying, weighing, measuring, or warming breast milk.