We see breastfeeding as a choice. Breastfeeding should not be considered as a choice, but as the only option to nourish your new-born baby. A lot of mothers choose other options than breastfeeding because of the discomfort or a medical complication which does not allow the mother to breastfeed the baby. Consulting a breastfeeding consultant or connecting with the Doula before and after pregnancy could help you Breastfeed the baby with complete confidence. Nancy Lucina has some great information regarding doula and life coach who can bring out your maximum potential in the most beautiful way. Websites like naturalbirthandbabycare.com also have a lot of information about Breastfeeding which you may want to read the make a good decision.
The Amazing Benefits of Breastfeeding for you and your baby are:
Colostrum is packed with antibodies that are essential for the baby, to develop the baby’s immune system through the first year of development. Colostrum will be available to your baby only in the early milk.
Hormones released during breastfeeding helps your uterus contract and return to pre-pregnancy size.
DHA an essential fatty acid required for the brain development of the baby is abundantly found in the breast milk and can make your child smart.
Breastfeeding helps in weight loss for the mother. Research shows that you can lose 500 more calories a day if you are Breastfeeding.
Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression can all be avoided if you are breastfeeding.
You can start breastfeeding your baby immediately after delivery or at least within the first hour after the birth of your baby. You can take assistance from a nurse lactation consultant or a doula when you are breastfeeding your baby for the first time. This will help you see how the baby latches and sort out any teething issues during the initial phase of Breastfeeding.
Equip yourself with a good nursing bras and nipple crack cream to overcome any hurdles in the process of breastfeeding. You may have to breastfeed for about 8 to 12 times a day in the beginning, which will drastically reduce as the baby grows. Do not introduce feeding bottles or pacifiers for two reasons; one is to keep the baby healthy and not cause any additional infection and the other help the baby get used to sucking on the breast.
Drink enough water and hydrate yourself to be able to produce enough milk for the baby. Nurse the baby in a calm environment and preferably in a sitting position. Nurse, the baby, as and when the baby wants to feed, this will help your body understand the baby’s hunger and accordingly produce enough milk to nourish your baby.
Sore and cracked nipples can cause problems during breastfeeding, so try to avoid it, by using a nipple crack cream and by helping the baby latches correctly which will keep cracking at bay.
Blocked milk ducts can be caused due to too much milk production. This condition may be painful, and the blockage can cause infection. In such conditions use a warm compress to unblock ducks and express the milk. Try to feed your baby even if the baby does not require feed to help avoid blocking of ducts.
This gives a fair idea about breastfeeding and options to nourish your baby, for the benefit of your baby and yourself.