Breastfeeding is highly beneficial not only for the mother but also for the child. It has been highly suggested by many health organizations and experts. It is advantageous not only in terms of health and wellness, but also for economic reasons and fostering deeper and more intimate relationship between the mother and her offspring. Let us go in-depth with the many things one must know regarding breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is highly recommended, especially exclusive breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding means feeding the baby for six months solely with breast milk and no formula or solid foods. After those six months, it is really ideal to keep up with the breastfeeding until the first year and so.
Also, breast milk is the most ideal milk for infants including premature and sick ones. There are only a few exceptions which the doctor may suggest. Milk form the mother is highly abundant in nutrients a growing child needs and it is also easy to digest.
On the general basis, infants who were fed with breast milk are healthier than those who were fed with formula milk. The death rate among breastfed infants is considerably lower. Also, breastfed infants experience fewer illnesses and those illnesses have shorter time span on the average.
Also, be informed that the longer you breastfeed, the healthier the child would be. It is best to breastfeed your child as long as possible. There was even an issue about breastfeeding children old enough to go to school. It was featured in Time magazine several months or a few years ago.
Do not be afraid if you run out of breast milk. Your breast milk supply would always manage to satisfy the demand. The production of breast milk corresponds to your baby’s needs. The more the baby gets milk from his or her mother, the more milk is produced.
Also, start breastfeeding early. You could start feeding your child with your breast milk about an hour after you give birth. Aside from having the chance to foster an intimate relationship with your baby, this is also a very opportune time to discover breastfeeding techniques with the aid of a nurse or lactation consultant.
Also, do not be so alarmed with problems that arise with breastfeeding especially if you are a new mother. Most of them report sore nipples, breast pain or swelling during the first few weeks. If problems persist, consult with your health care provider. Most of these predicaments could be resolved through patience, practice or treatment.
Also, working mothers are an exception to breastfeeding. Once they are already fit to get back to work, they must not withhold or stop breastfeeding. You could discuss with your boss or managers about your pumping of milk while at work. Find out if there is a private room where you could do your pumping and if it fits your schedule.
Breastfeeding also has economic benefits. Mothers who breastfeed miss work less often because breastfed babies are less sickly. Also, it cuts the expense on having to buy formula milk.
However, breastfeeding is not recommended if the mother has certain health conditions like HIV, leukemia, and active and untreated tuberculosis. Also, mothers who use drugs, drink excessive alcohols, or are taking their chemotherapies and radiation therapies for cancer are also not allowed to breastfeed.