Breastfeeding is very important to a new born. In fact, it is so complete and nourishing, that it is the only food that he needs during the first year of life. Besides being food, it also enables the baby to be strong against diseases, as breastfeeding imparts to the baby, antibodies and immunities to different forms of sickness, that no formula or vitamin supplement ever can. Breastfeeding is among one of the best gifts a mother could ever give to his child.
Breastfeeding is a two way alley, besides giving benefits to the baby, the mother’s welfare is also given a boost. As breastfeeding consumes more or less about 500 calories to produce, the mother’s weight naturally goes down, aiding in her return to pre-pregnancy form. It also minimizes her chances of suffering from post- partum stress disorders, which are common after child birth and also lowers her risk for several types of cancers, such as breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Economically, breastfeeding is a sure fire way to save on an infant’s food while giving him the best ever nourishment possible. Last but not the least; breastfeeding strengthens the love, and the bond, shared between a mother and her child.
Although breastfeeding is natural, mothers also must always take care on whatever she eats, as certain kinds of food tend to have residual effects and may unintentionally be passed off to the baby.
Several examples of foods to avoid while breastfeeding are as follows, alcoholic beverages are said to seep into breast milk and have various effects on the baby such as weakness, being always sleepy, and also of having irregular weight gain. Coffee, chocolate, and other food containing caffeine, on the other hand, makes the baby irritable, cranky, and also seems labored getting to sleep. Citrusy and spicy foods that a mother consumes tend to make the baby fussy and irritated, looking as if the baby himself ate it. Garlic may leave an aroma or a kind of taste to the nipple of the mother that discourages the baby from sucking at it. Other types of food like corn, peanut, eggs, soy, fish and dairy products are to also be carefully discerned as they may cause unintended allergies in the baby.
Breastfeeding is recommended for the baby’s first year, and is also strongly suggested to be continued up until the second year of life. If I were a mother, I’d continue it even after the third year to fully insure that my baby gets the best start in life. And If and when the time has come, for the baby to wean from breastfeeding, there are also several tips aimed at helping the mother to cope with the separation and how to stop breastfeeding.
The old belief, of putting cabbage or garlic on your breast has some amount of truth to it, but the general way of easing out of breastfeeding, is to simply stop offering it to your child. If your child no longer sucks at your breast, your body responds by producing less to no milk eventually. Sometimes you might feel pain from engorgement, as your breast no longer empty its contents, if that happens, and to relieve pressure, it is recommended that you manually pump a little bit of milk out from your breast, but not a lot as it may mimic again natural breastfeeding, which then tells your body to produce milk again. It takes about two weeks to a month to fully stop the production of breast milk.
Breastfeeding is both best for mommy and best for baby. Maybe best for daddy too while we’re at it, and anything else they say other than that must not be believed, because breastfeeding is pure and can be simply be defined as nothing else, but love.