By Shivangi Chawla
Breastfeeding is also known as ‘Nursing’, it is feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman’s breast. Some health professionals recommend that breastfeeding begins within the first hour of the baby’s life and continues as much the baby wants.
Women are blessed that they have been given this blessing to feed their children. Breastfeeding leads to the emotional attachment between the Mother and Baby. You all must have seen that children find it comfortable when they are on their mother’s lap, they easily recognize their mother because of their physical attachment. Breastfeeding has been shown to enhance bonding between the Mother children duo.
Breastfeeding gives a number of benefits to mothers as well as children Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins and protein. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of asthma and allergies. Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It returns hormone Oxytocin, which helps your uterus to its pre-pregnancy size and also lowers uterine bleeding after birth.
There are some thoughts that come in the mind of mothers at the time of their first child, let’s see what are they and find out there answers that will help mothers:
WILL I MAKE ENOUGH MILK TO BREASTFEED?
The first few days after birth, your breasts make an ideal “first milk”. Its called colostrum. As your baby needs more milk and nurses more, your breast responds by making more milk. Even if you breastfeed less than the recommended 6 months, it’s better to breastfeed for a short time than no time at all.
WHAT’S THE BEST POSITION FOR BREASTFEEDING?
The best position for you is the one where you and your baby are both comfortable and relaxed and you don’t have to strain to hold the position or keep nursing.
FOOTBALL POSITION: Line your baby’s back along your forearm to hold your baby like a football, supporting his head and neck in your palm.
SIDE-LYING POSITION: This position is great for night feedings in bed. Side-lying also works well. Use pillows under your head to get comfortable.