Tips for grandparents
Congratulations on the birth of your grandchild!
Doctors recommend babies breastfeed for at least the first six months — that is, nothing else but breast milk! Breastmilk provides all of the nutrition and calories the baby needs for the first six months. No formula, water, baby cereal or anything, unless recommended by the doctor.
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother:
Decreased risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers
Decreased risk of diabetes
Decreased risk of heart disease
Saves money because mom and baby are healthier and have fewer doctor visits
Benefits of breast milk for baby:
Reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death syndrome (crib death)
Reduces ear infections and upper respiratory infections
Reduces occurrence of some childhood cancer
Role of Grandparents
Provide a positive environment for mom and baby
Help with household chores like cooking, cleaning, or grocery shopping
Hold baby so mom can nap (this one is the most fun)
If you have other questions about breastfeeding and how you can help, give one of our Lactation Consultants a call today.