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Therefore breastfeeding

  1. You probably know by now: breastfeeding is very healthy for you and your child. And it has more advantages, for example, it is environmentally friendly and cheap. However, breastfeeding is difficult and painful for some mothers. Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives.

  1. Breastfeeding is the healthiest food for your child. The nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and the antibodies are good for growth, development and health.

Health Benefits

  1. Breastfeeding protects your child, for example, against acute middle ear infection, respiratory infections, diarrhea, eczema and allergies. Breastfeeding probably also protects against obesity later in life and diabetes. These health benefits for your child are greatest if you breastfeed your child for at least 6 months. Breastfeeding is good for you too. As a result, you lose less blood immediately after delivery. You will also normally regain your pre-pregnancy weight more quickly. In addition, scientists have found that breastfeeding women are less likely to develop pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.

More benefits

  1. Breastfeeding is healthy for your child and for you, but it has even more benefits. Breast milk is: hygienic environmentally friendly free always at hand always at the right temperature good for the bond between you and your child

If it doesn't work

  1. Some mothers can feel dizzy seeing all these benefits. They may even feel guilty about not being able to breastfeed. You don't have to feel guilty, because sometimes breastfeeding can lead to all kinds of problems. Possible drawbacks are: cracked nipples, lack of energy and breast inflammation. What can also be a disadvantage is that you have to watch what you eat and drink. Alcohol is not recommended, because it passes through your child's breast milk. Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, leek, onion, swede, citrus fruits, herbs and chocolate could cause stomach colic in your child through breastfeeding. If your child is experiencing colic, it is best to ask your health clinic for advice.

Bottle feeding

  1. If you don't want to breastfeed (anymore), you can opt for an excellent alternative: bottle feeding. Today, its composition is very close to breastfeeding. You can buy bottle feeding in packs in the store. You can prepare the formula with (boiled) tap water, which is no problem in the Netherlands nowadays. You can also combine breast and bottle feeding. For example, when the baby is about four weeks old, you can try to give a bottle of expressed breast milk. Earlier is not advisable, because nipple / teat confusion can occur.


  1. Whatever food you give, your child can sometimes vomit. This can have various causes. If your child stays 'happy' and doesn't seem to be bothered by it, you don't have to try to prevent spitting. In other cases, you can contact your clinic. Even though there is often not much going on, at least you are there early.


  1. If you are having trouble breastfeeding, you can do several things. If you would like to continue breastfeeding, you can ask for help, for example from the health clinic.

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