Breast Feeding

The experience of breastfeeding is special for every woman in this world. There are many reasons for mother and baby for breastfeeding. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for new born baby. It has the perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat everything your new born baby needs to grow. Breastfeeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth. it is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help to lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps mother uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding lowers mother risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
It may also lower risk of osteoporosis. Most babies lose a small amount of weight in the first three to five days after birth. This is unrelated to breastfeeding. A natural feedback loop exists between your baby's feeding needs and your milk production. As your baby needs more milk and nurses more, your breasts respond by producing more milk. Experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively for six months. If you supplement with formula, your milk production may go down.

When can breastfeeding begin?

Breastfeeding can begin within minutes after birth for most babies. Most babies take a few licks or sucks and then pause at the beginning. Frequent bursts of sucking interrupted by pauses is the usual pattern for the first few hours and sometimes even the first few days.
The first milk the mother produces, called colostrum, is the best food for a newborn. The nipple stimulation that occurs during breastfeeding also helps the uterus contract and can help stop uterine bleeding. When a baby begins to open its eyes, look around, and put his or her fist into his or her mouth, then it is time to offer your breast. Breastfeeding experts recommend that the baby not be given sugar water or other types of bottle feedings in the hospital unless specifically prescribed by the doctor.

Why breastfeeding is important for new born baby

  • Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn baby.
  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from infections and diseases.
  • Breast milk provides health benefits for new born baby and health benefit for mom.
  • It's available whenever and wherever your baby needs a feed.
  • It's free.
  • Breast milk is the only natural food designed for new born baby.
  • It's the right temperature for a new born baby.
  • It can build a strong physical and emotional bond between mother and baby.
  • It can give you a great sense of achievement.

Mother Advantage for breastfeeding

Providing Breastfeeding is good for mother also:
  • Reduce risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Approximately uses up to 500 calories a day.
  • saves money infant formula, the sterilising equipment and feeding equipment can be costly.
  • can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby.

Positing during breastfeeding

Correct positioning and attachment are essential for successful breastfeeding. How your baby takes the breast is sometimes called latching, attaching or fixing. There are two reasons to give a baby lots of practice during these first three days. The first reason is that it will be easier for him to learn how to latch on when the breasts are soft. secondly, because the breasts need to be stimulated by his nursing to produce enough milk for later. there are many ways for correct positing during breastfeeding.

  • Sit straight up in your (comfortable) chair. Place the pillow on your lap. Have the glass of water within easy reach. Put on some relaxing music.
  • Put your baby on the pillow. Take off his wraps so he's easier to manage and stays awake.
  • When nursing with your right breast, hold your baby with your left arm. With his bottom tucked under your elbow, place your left arm along his back. With the palm of your hand on the baby's upper back and shoulders, your thumb and index finger should make a comfortable "C" around the base of his skull.
  • Lying horizontally on the pillow, with his head at the same level as his bottom, your baby should be tummy to tummy with you with his nose opposite your nipple.
  • First, manually express a few drops of milk to moisten the nipple.
  • When the baby's mouth is opened, the nipple is inserted into the center of the baby's mouth while pulling the baby in very close. The baby's gums should take in at least a 1-inch radius of the areola.
  • Hold the breast throughout the feeding so the weight of your breast does not tire your newborn's mouth.
  • When feeding is over, to avoid trauma to your nipples, do not pull your nipple from baby's mouth without first breaking the suction by inserting your finger into the corner of baby's mouth.

Breastfeeding Builds Brighter Brains

Many research shows that babies who are breastfed are smarter when they get older.
  • Children who were breastfed have I.Q. scores averaging seven to ten points higher than formula-fed infants. It's important to remember that these numbers represent averages for hundreds of children, not the effect of breastfeeding on a specific individual. So, if you want to raise the intelligence level of an entire generation of children, breastfeeding would be a simple and cost-effective way to do it.
  • Studies have shown that children who are breastfed get higher grades in school, even after other influences on school performance are taken into account.
  • The intellectual advantage gained from breastfeeding is greater the longer the baby is breastfed.