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The importance of breastfeeding

January 11, 2013 by  
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Just a few decades ago breastfeeding was not very popular and not encouraged as it is these days.  The doctors had not yet fully grasped the importance of breastfeeding not how beneficial it was for the newborn.  For various reasons the new mothers at the time fed their baby from a bottle, because it was the current trend.  Rare were those who tried breastfeeding the newborn.

In addition to feeding the baby, breastfeeding protects it in many ways.  The results of the many studies on the subject of breastfed babies show numerous benefits in terms of health.  The babies’ brain in Particular, appears slightly more developed and it’s noticable as early as six weeks after they start breastfeeding.   Studies also show reduced risk of obesity because of the different effort the baby must make to breastfeed.  According to those studies, babies breastfed for a period of six months as less likely to develop respiratory problems.

We now know how breast milk is nutritious for the baby. The first breast milk contains valuable colostrum, rich in protein and antibodies required to immune the newborn.  The mother’s milk contributes to reinforce the baby’s immune system, without it those precious elements would not be available.  It is the reason why doctors and healthcare professionals highly recommend breast milk, each specifically produced by the mother to suit the needs of her baby.   Some studies also show that mothers breastfeeding their baby for at least six month demonstrate a significant reduction in the risk of various kinds of cancer, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

In addition to the essential nutrients it provides to the baby one of the major advantages of breastfeeding is that it creates a unique bond between mother and child.  As she breastfeed the mother will quickly grow more at ease with her baby.  The breastfed baby will also sleep better and it’s not uncommon for a newborn to fall asleep in its mother’s arms after feeding.   Infants love to feed and to be cuddled.  Breastfeeding provides both.

It may happen at first that the baby is awkward to take the breast and the lack of ability can result in slight pain for the mother, including chapped nipples.  Please, do not give up at the first sign of discomfort for there are solutions.  As soon as you detect a problem many healthcare professionals and nursing specialists can come to the rescue. Your pediatrician, pharmacist, or a specialized nurse at your local clinic or CLSC can help you and advise you so that the breastfeeding experience remains positive. With a little practice, you will become a breastfeeding expert in no time! Hang on, it’s worth it!

Breastfeeding is not only good for the baby, but also for the mother.  The breastfeeding mother will lose the extra weight accumulated during pregnancy faster than the one feeding her baby from a bottle.  Also the uterus regains its normal size faster. Nature is always wise and breastfeeding triggers a series of normal effects beneficial to the body of the new mom. Why miss it?

All parents want what is best for their child. And when it comes to nutrition, breast milk is the best nutrient there is for the little baby. Although the woman may experience some difficulties at first, breastfeeding always ends up being a positive experience!

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