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One Single Food for a Newborn's Complete Needs

Written by
Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Aug 28, 2015 and last reviewed on Sep 17, 2021   -  5 min read

Abstract

This article is a complete guide that explains how breastfeeding your little loved one contributes to your baby’s wellness and health. It is a unique bond of love, affection, and care that leaves a positive impact on the baby's life forever.

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One Single Food for a Newborn's Complete Needs

Introduction:

Mother's breast milk is a complete diet for the newborn that suffices all the needs of the baby to lead a healthy life. Breast milk:

What Is Colostrum?

The breast milk produced in the first couple of days of lactation soon after delivery is known as colostrum. It is a yellow-colored secretion from the mother’s breast that is full of antibodies from which the newborn gets protection against infections.

After 4-5 days of delivery, the mother secretes breast milk that contains antibodies to sufficiently protect the baby against diseases, and they remain until the baby is breastfed. It saves the baby from:

What Are the Advantages to the Mothers Who Breastfeed Their Little Ones?

Breastfeeding Satisfies Babies:

Babies need their mother's lap to feed properly and for sleep induction with a feeling of satisfaction. Breastfeeding provides it all, and the mother and baby both remain at ease right from the start of the baby’s life.

How Often Should I Feed My Baby?

Feed your baby when they are hungry. Infants who are breastfeeding should be breastfed 8 to 12 times a day. They should be breastfed approximately 15 minutes per breast per feed. Bottle-fed infants should be fed eight to ten times a day. Adding foods to a bottle is not recommended as they can cause weight gain, hinder your baby’s sleep at night, and decrease the intake of vital nutrients. Also, it can cause choking.

When the baby starts eating solid foods, they will drink less. So, slowly increase the amount of solid food compared to breast milk. It is important to remember that all foods should be given by spoon and not in the bottle.

What Are the Important Facts about Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is a difficult task for some mothers at the beginning of lactation and may need the help of a trained nurse to learn the technique. Lot of young mothers get trained at home by their mothers and grandmothers. In a couple of weeks, the female's body adjusts to this process. She gets the knowledge of how much milk she is producing and whether that is sufficient for the baby's needs. If a baby needs more milk and suckles, the body’s physiological process stimulates milk secretion to fulfill the needs of the little one.

What Facts Should a Breastfeeding Mother Be Aware Of?

Your baby's pediatrician will guide you in this regard.

Nutritional Facts Of Human, Goat And Cow's Milk: (Quantity - 250 mL)

Nutritional Facts Of Human, Goat And Cow's Milk

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