Dr. Flora Ukoli on How to Support & Uplift Black Breastfeeding Parents

  • A woman who is breastfeeding will have decreased bleeding after giving birth, because breastfeeding will help the womb to contract and go back to what it used to be.
  • We all know that labor is a little bit painful, but breastfeeding can provide immense joy.
  • If a mother breastfeeds her baby, and nobody is stressing her with going back to work [too soon], that joy is long-lasting.
  • It helps mothers to lose the baby fat.
  • Research has shown that women who breastfeed have a reduced risk for ovarian cancer and breast cancer.
  • It will protect the baby from infection. A mother’s milk contains the antibodies to all the infectious diseases in that environment where the baby lives.
  • The milk that the mother produces contains the exact nutrients that the baby needs, and the nutrient composition changes as the baby grows.
  • The bonding: to breastfeed a baby adequately, a mother needs about 20–30 minutes each time, if not more. Spend that amount of time together between any two people, and they will bond!
  • The protein in human milk is the protein that human babies digest easily. The protein in any other milk is very difficult for babies to digest.
  • A baby who has been in the constant presence of their mother develops a lot of security. For example, if the baby is going for an immunization and it is painful, just put them to the breast and they’ll stop crying.
  • Some research has shown that babies who are breastfed have a higher IQ.
  • And finally, breast milk decreases the risk for many diseases, like childhood obesity, diabetes, leukemia, sudden infant death syndrome, ear infection, and allergies.
A Better Balance Policy Associate Feroza Freeland with Dr. Ukoli



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