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Benefits of Breastfeeding and a Few Tips to New Mothers

Author: Dr. Krutika Ingle Karandikar - Newborn and Baby  

Breastfeeding is the most beautiful thing for the mother and the baby in humans, just as for all mammals. There are so many misconceptions about breastfeeding and always a new mother will be in a confused state regarding breastfeeding. Here are some tips for the new mothers.

When Should One Start Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding should be initiated within 1 hour of delivery of the baby. Though the mother will be tired, the baby will also be stressed post the delivery and will need the feed. Always insist to the nurses and to your family that you want to breastfeed the baby immediately.

You would notice that once the baby is placed on your chest, he will find the nipple and start sucking. That is how natural the phenomenon of breastfeeding is.

The first thick milk (colostrum) secreted is the most nutritious for the baby. It is rich in fat, which satisfies his or her hunger and lots of vitamins and minerals required for brain development. The biggest mistake people make is discarding this nutritious milk by thinking it is infected or not appropriate for the baby's ingestion.

Even if you have undergone a cesarean section, you will secrete milk once the baby starts sucking. So, do not be discouraged. Initiate breastfeeding immediately. It is a cycle, the more the baby sucks the breast, more milk will be produced. The most common mistake we make is that we assume that it is not sufficient and so, we stop breastfeeding regularly. This leads to further decrease in the quantity of breast milk.

Benefits of Breastfeeding:

  • Kindly encourage exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months. Up to 6 months, breast milk is sufficient for the baby's growth and development.
  • Many people worry that the breast milk is too watery or less for the growing baby. Remember, that the breast milk is sufficient for the baby's requirements. We always mistake the baby's requirements by comparing it with ours.
  • A lot of protective antibodies are present in the milk, which protects the kid from developing a lot of diseases in the future when they grow up. Also, breastfed kids are seen to be more intelligent and socially adjusted.
  • Breastfeeding leads to intestinal development and proper dentition in the newborn.
  • Breastfeeding is also protective for the mother from a lot of cancers.

Do not bottle feed or top feed the baby before 6 months of age. You should not give water or honey or anything. If you are sick or your baby is sick, consult a doctor, in most cases, you can still continue to breastfeed your baby.

Continue breastfeeding your baby as you wean them and introduce them to other foodstuffs. The requirements of the growing child increase with increasing age, so you can start food, which you normally cook at home. It does not have to be watery. A thick paste of the food you normally cook for the family. Make it interesting for the baby and introduce nutritious food in their diet according to their liking. Good luck to all the new mothers.

For any further doubts regarding breastfeeding, consult a lactation counselor online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/lactation-counselor

Image: Benefits of Breastfeeding and a Few Tips to New Mothers Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018

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