Are you a mother who has just given birth to her baby? Are you wondering how you are going to nurse your toddler in the coming months? The experience of breastfeeding is a special experience for the mother. It is a very important activity for two reasons mainly. One is the nutritional aspect and the psychological aspect. Mother's milk is the best food a baby can have and it is critical for the baby's health during its early stages. Also, the bonding that develops between the mother and the baby during breastfeeding is special and cannot be achieved in any other way.
The first time you hold your baby is a great time to start breastfeeding it. Don't worry if the baby seems to have trouble staying on your nipple. Breastfeeding needs a lot of patience and practice. If you are not sure about something, do not hesitate to contact the nurse or doctor.
You should nurse your baby frequently. Keep in mind that the more you nurse, the more milk you will produce. Nursing 8 to 12 times a day would be ideal. Also, it is better to nurse whenever the baby appears to be hungry as opposed to doing it according to a strict schedule. Though breastfeeding is natural, it does not come easily to some women. If you are facing any problems in breastfeeding your baby, be sure to contact your nurse or doctor for assistance.
One of the most common questions asked by breastfeeding mothers is about how they can tell if the baby's had enough. There are some signs which indicate that your baby is getting enough milk -
- Your breasts feel softer after nursing
- our baby looks relaxed and satisfied after feeding
Benefits of Lactation
Breast milk is the best food your baby can consume and the benefits of breast milk go far beyond nutrition. In addition to containing all the basic nutrients your baby needs, breast milk also contains disease-fighting substances that can protect the baby from illness. These are some of the benefits breastfeeding can have on your baby -
- Many studies have shown that stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses and ear infections occur less frequently in breastfed babies and when they do occur, they are not as severe
- Your breast milk is specially tailored for your own baby. Your body responds to viruses that are in your body and creates protection for your baby based on whatever you are exposed to.
- Breastfeeding protects the baby from allergies
- Breastfeeding boosts your child's intelligence
- Breastfeeding may protect your child from obesity
- Breastfeeding could lower your baby's risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Breastfeeding can reduce stress in you and your risk of post pregnancy depression
- Breastfeeding could reduce your risk towards some types of cancer
Studies are constantly finding new benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is natural and healthy. If you have any doubt regarding lactation or need more information, contact your doctor right away.