Mother nature never skips a chance to surprise us. Similar is the case with breastfeeding and breast milk.
It’s the first source of nutrition for your baby!
According to WHO, a baby should not be given anything except breast milk till 6 months and it should be continued until your baby is 2 years of age.
Reason being that the immunoglobulins that pass from mother to baby, provides them with passive immunity which helps baby to be protected from a wide variety of bacterial and viral infections.
Most of the moms don’t know this but breast milk also evolves with time.
Three stages of breastfeeding:
- Colostrum: This is the first stage of breast milk and the most important for baby’s health. It lasts for 4 days at max after baby’s birth. It is thick yellowish in color and contains protein, vitamins, Minerals, and immunoglobulins.
- Transitional milk: This is the second stage of breast milk which appears after colostrum and lasts for approximately 2-3 weeks. It contains more calories than colostrum along with fat, lactose, and vitamins.
- Mature milk: This is the final stage of milk which contains 90% water to maintain and keep baby hydrated and rest 10% contains carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
Let’s get all the moms out there enlightened about breastfeeding to celebrate the world breastfeeding week i.e. From 1st August to 7th August.
Here are the ABCs of breastfeeding.
Advantages of breastfeeding:
- It produces helpful hormones in moms body ultimately leading it to pre-pregnancy size.
- Breastfeeding helps you to decrease the chances of developing osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancer.
- It burns calories without working out.
- It reduces the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
- Creates emotional bonding between mother and baby.
- Gives skin to skin contact to baby and mother.
- It develops the immunity system of the baby, hence decreasing the risk of diarrhea and gastric issues.
- Breastfeeding helps baby against early food allergies and protein intolerance.
- It established a healthy bacterial environment in baby’s tummy.
- It provides the baby with all the necessary nutrients in the right balance.
Best positions for breastfeeding:
- Cradle position: In this position let the baby face you with head resting over your elbow. Your arm should be supporting baby’s back while baby’s ear, shoulder, and hip should be in straight line.
- Cross-cradle position: In this position, the baby should be facing you in such a way that your hand opposite to the breast you are feeding on should support baby’s back. Eg: if you are feeding on right breast, your left hand should be supporting baby’s back.
- Side lying position: in this position you need to lie down on a side with a pillow under your head, let the baby face you and ensure her knees are close to you and let the baby feed.
- Football position: in this position baby needs to face you with body tucked under your arm and raise baby till the level of the breast with the help of pillows.
Comfort zone for Breastfeeding:
Being comfortable in any situation is the key.
Same is the case with breastfeeding. If you are comfortable, your milk is more likely to produce properly and flow easily. Look in these following points to make sure you and baby both are comfortable while breastfeeding.
- Tummy to tummy contact while feeding feels really comfortable.
- Let the baby raise till your breast, not you leaning towards your baby.
- Feed in a comfortable chair or if at bed make sure to have enough pillows to support.
- Make sure that baby’s hip, shoulder and ear are in a straight line, it makes swallowing easier.
- Always aim the nipple to the baby’s upper lip and not in between the lips.
- Baby’s head should be slightly tilted back while feeding.
Messy Mom’s Life is celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week by spreading awareness about breastfeeding among the readers.
This article is just the start. Stay tuned to know more about breastfeeding.
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