Breastfeeding is a particularly crucial period, which is the transition from intrauterine life to the independent existence of the baby. After all, a child is born completely dependent on his mother, and all the necessary nutrients are transferred to him through milk, as was intended by nature.
It is often said that the bearing of a baby does not end with childbirth — for at least 9 months after that, the mother must feed her child, providing not only nutrition, but also the usual connection.
What are the absolute benefits of breastfeeding? Mother’s milk is considered optimal for a child immediately after birth. By the way, all women have a different composition of milk, which means that it is produced taking into account the needs of a particular newborn. However, donor breast milk will be better than artificial mixtures — in the event that the mother cannot organize full breastfeeding for any reason.
Women’s milk contains more than 400 components that ensure the optimal development of the child. Some of them are responsible for the formation of the immune system and contribute to the protection of the growing body. Some components help the baby’s gastrointestinal tract to produce normal microflora. Breast milk also includes amino acids that are involved in the formation of the baby’s central nervous system. According to statistics, children who received breast milk for at least a year grow up more balanced and capable of learning.
Milk also contains special enzymes that facilitate the digestion of milk and allow you to make the most of all the vitamins it contains.
By the way, today the benefits of not only milk itself, but also the first colostrum are obvious, and even a few drops of this liquid will be better than a larger volume of donor milk. Therefore, it is not surprising that childbirth should end in a natural finale in the form of early breastfeeding. After the baby begins to breastfeed, the mother undergoes uterine contractions, making it easy for the placenta to come out. In addition, earlier breastfeeding contributes to a better recovery of the mother’s figure.
But physiological causes are far from the only ones. Much more this process gives in terms of psychology. After all, all nine months the baby stayed inside the mother, being in close contact with her. Instant withdrawal from his native environment will cause him severe stress. But the baby near his mother’s breast will experience almost the same “prenatal” sensations familiar to him — this is both the smell and the beat of the mother’s heart. It is not surprising that breastfeeding for a baby is not just a process of saturation, but also a way to relieve stress, an opportunity to return to the familiar environment. In addition, breastfeeding is also important for the mother, because in close contact old ties are not broken and new ones are established, that is, there is a process of recognizing each other. Such feeding is also communication, which is why it is believed that it is undesirable for a mother to be distracted during feeding (neither on books, nor on conversations, nor on TV).
Keep in mind that the child is simply comfortable being close to the mother — he will not eat more than necessary and will not seek solace in the process of eating food in the future. Extra body contact, including breastfeeding, for an upset baby will provide a sense of security, self-confidence and the safety of the world.
If you want your baby to become an active discoverer, then do not be afraid to hold the baby in your arms more often. It is this “habitat” that is more familiar to him than the closed space of the bed. Yes, and feeding “according to the schedule” today cannot be called relevant — the baby is able to set a schedule for himself, while the mother must “go on about” his biological rhythms and needs. The number of attachments of the child to the chest during the day should be such as to fully satisfy all his needs — both in communication and in food.
In addition, mother’s breasts are a comfortable way to connect with the outside world, not to mention the fact that for the baby it is also delicious food. Yes, and the baby’s appetites should be taken into account — someone prefers to eat a lot at a time, while someone needs frequent and short-term applications. However, all the inconveniences associated with feeding will more than pay off in the future — after all, these are investments in the future health of the baby and his psychological comfort. To ensure comfort and unloading of the spine, special products have been developed — baby feeding pillow. So do not ignore the needs of your crumbs, but you should listen to his desires and analyze his behavior. Mutual understanding achieved between mother and baby at the earliest stages will further strengthen family ties.