Breastfeeding is the best and healthiest thing you can do for your baby. Ideal food, especially for the newborn, is breast milk. This is the most complete food, containing all the necessary nutrients, in an adequate proportion, adapted to the reduced digestive possibilities of the baby.
Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby, satisfying all the nutritional needs of his first 6 months of life. But also breastfeeding is beneficial for moms and it has been shown that breastfeeding may lower women’s risk of heart attack, stroke, besides the already known fact that breastfeeding is lowering the risk of breast cancer.
When should babies be breastfed?
Normally, if other medical problems do not occur at birth, it is essential to breastfeed your baby from the early hours of life.
Approximately 3 or 6 hours after birth, you can breastfeed your newborn without problems. Only keep in mind to hold your baby for about 5 minutes on each breast in the first days, then for 10 minutes, and then for more and more.
Doctors and maternity nurses will be at your disposal to teach you how to keep your baby and what are the right steps in breastfeeding. Do not be afraid, nobody was born knowing this stuff but every woman should be learning this. You just have to show openness and availability to learn the correct steps of breastfeeding and to perfect your own steps.
You will not have regular breast milk from the first few days after birth. In the first phase, around 5 days after birth, you do not have to scare yourself if you notice a secretion with a different texture from the milk. This is colostrum that has a slightly yellowish color and is just as important for baby’s development as the future breast milk.
Breastfeeding and lactation stimulation
Lactation is the process by which breast milk is secreted through the mammary glands.
Sometimes, certain problems occur in the way of lactation or breast milk is not enough to meet the child’s nutritional needs.
Therefore, it is advisable to stimulate lactation by:
- Breastfeeding the baby as often as possible
- Breastfeeding during the night, too
- Emptying breasts at each breastfeeding session
- Administration of drugs that increase prolactin
- Avoiding solace or teat before first breastfeeding
- High consumption of fluids
The benefits of breast milk for the baby
The benefits of breastfeeding for the baby are unrivaled and incomparable with those of milk formulas:
- Breast milk has miraculous powers on baby development, just as other types of milk do not. It assures not only the immediate health, but also the long-term health of the baby, with great influences on its development.
- Breast milk contains antibodies, substances that help protect the baby from infections until its own immune system matures.
- It is easy to digest, which makes the baby more resistant to digestive problems (abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation).
- It is devoid of allergic factors, which reduces the risk of allergic problems such as asthma, eczema, and others.
- Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding can help genetically susceptible children to prevent type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes).
- It is fresh and practically devoid of bacteria, has the optimal temperature, does not require preparation and does not cost anything.
- Naturally fed babies have a better dental development than those who are artificially fed.
The benefits of breastfeeding for mother
Breastfeeding, in addition to all the benefits it has for the baby, is also beneficial to the mother.
The breastfeeding beneficial effects for the mother include:
- Breastfeeding can be a supreme reward for baby care.
- Help eliminate extra pounds.
- Moments of breastfeeding are resulting in a deep relationship between mother and child.
- Natural nutrition helps to retrieve the uterus and return it to normal faster, and to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in the mother.
- Reduces the risk of developing ovarian cancers, also.
Breastfeeding May Lower Women’s Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
A recent study has been conducted in China on 300,000 women. Researchers have observed that women who have breastfed their babies had the risk of heart attack, stroke with 10% lower in comparison with women who have never breastfed.
‘Commitment from policy makers is needed to implement strategies in the health care system, communities and families, and the work environment that promote and support every woman to breastfeed,’ said the author of this study.
This study is not the first one to go deep in the breastfeeding beneficial effects on the mother’s health.
Amazing facts regarding the benefits of breastfeeding:
- Breastfeeding reduces cholesterol.
- Breastfeeding is a great help in fastening the process of losing the extra pounds. accumulated during pregnancy.
- It lowers the blood pressure.
- Is lowering the glucose level.
The study is, however, localized, to call it that way. Being a study conducted by Chinese doctors on Chinese women it’s only true for Chinese people. Why? Because 97 Chinese women out of 100 breastfeed, or breastfed their babies for long period of time of over 6 months
In comparison to the US, for example, this percentage is better. In the US only 80% of women breastfeed or breastfed for a period of time, while only 50% are doing this until their babies are 6 months old, and only 30% are breastfeeding their babies until the age of 1 year.
However, breastfeeding may lower women’s risk of heart attack, stroke Chinese study is somehow more permissive than the previous American study on the same topic. The American researches have proven that for complete effectiveness of breastfeeding against coronary disease the breastfeeding should be done until the baby turns 2 years of age.
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