The decision to breastfeed

allaitementYour child will soon be born and you are asking yourself many questions, in particular whether to breastfeed or formula feed. Breastfeeding a child is the most natural way to feed your baby, but what appears simple is not always so simple...

Whether or not to breastfeed?

The issue of breastfeeding or formula feeding sometimes raises many questions, tensions and misunderstandings. If you are not really sure during your pregnancy or childbirth what your decision will be, you should know that breastfeeding or formula feeding is, above all, a personal choice.

Teams to assist you

The Clinique Bohler has everything in place to ensure the most natural possible start to your breastfeeding (in accordance with recommendations from the World Health Organisation). During your pregnancy, you will be able to take part in information sessions about infant nutrition. If required, individual consultations are also possible.

During your stay in the maternity unit, our teams will help you with your decision. You will be able to ask them all your questions and ask for all the help necessary.

If there is a problem once you return home, you will be able to call our breastfeeding consultant.

The first breastfeed, an important step

In the first hours following the birth, your baby is often very awake; this is the time to offer him/her your breast. The suction reflex is also strongest and therefore most effective at this time. From the moment your baby is born, he/she is put in contact with you in order to facilitate the first breastfeed.

The first days of feeding provide the baby with the invaluable colostrum required to activate all the adaptive mechanisms for their new world and little by little, the composition of your milk will change to adapt to your baby’s development.

Principal benefits of the mother’s milk :

In addition to love and the calming bond between you and your baby, the mother’s milk is a true nutritional gift :

  • Mother’s milk is a complete food, which responds to all of your baby’s needs from birth until approximately 6 months. It provides the essential nutrients for cerebral development (lactose and polyunsaturated fatty acids) and to keep your baby in good health (visit the Leche League website).
  • It is much easier to digest than industrial milks and minimises the risks of allergies.
  • It protects your child against infections, due to permanently present antibodies. It releases living cells into the baby’s digestive tract, which are able to destroy bacteria and “clean” the intestine of any undesirable elements. The defence factors continuously adapt to the mother’s environment and thereby her baby’s environment.
  • Breastfeeding prevents potential obesity. Breastfed babies control their appetite better and consequently their wake/sleep cycle.