Some moms worry about having enough milk, but Gwen Marshall, a Washington state breastfeeding expert, said the reason babies don’t get enough milk is they don’t have enough access to the breast.
In Norma Torres’ August 25 Othello Outlook article, “Breast feeding is more than just food, it’s a buffet,” she details the many ways breast milk changes to meet a baby’s changing needs. For example:
Breast milk re-formulates at every feeding to match the baby’s precise nutritional needs.
Antibody concentration in breast milk increases when the mother and baby are exposed to germs. About 80 percent of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, which kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Breast milk tastes slightly like what the mother has eaten, so baby will likely enjoy the same foods in the future.
In addition to nutritional and immunological benefits, the closeness and skin-to-skin contact of breastfeeding provides psychological benefits to the mother and baby.
To take full advantage of all that breast milk and breastfeeding have to offer, babies need plenty of access to the breast. That means feeding as often as the baby wants to.
Torres also pointed out that Washington state and Oregon have the highest breast feeding rates in the country.
Source:Seattle Breastfeeding Examiner