Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Benefits of Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding is the best for babies. The breast milk is uniquely superior for babies. It is easily digested and contain antibodies that are essential for the new borns to protect themselves from infections. Breast feeding should begin within few hours of birth. Do not impose regulation on the number of nursing times. The new borns should be nursed as and when they show signs of hunger. Crying out of hunger is a late sign. If the baby does not demand in the early weeks after birth, they should be aroused or awakened to feed at intervals.

Nursing babies are a beautiful sight in many cultures. Many mothers fall in love with their children as they watch them suckle and drift contentedly off to sleep. Nursing babies are happiest while in their mother's arms. Breast feeding is the natural physiological way to feed a baby. Human breast milk is made for human babies. The components - lactose, protein and fat - are easily digested by a newborn's immature system so breastfed babies have fewer incidences of diarrhea or constipation. Breast milk is always fresh and readily available. Breast milk is always the right temperature. It protect baby against allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity and SIDS. The contact can enhance the emotional connection between mother and infant thereby increasing the bonding process.

A nursing mother passes antibodies to her baby to protect the baby from many conditions such as ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory infections and meningitis. Breast milk contains new antibodies whenever the mother is exposed to new infections. Antibodies cannot be added to formula milk. Breastfeeding is best for baby but does not always come natural to either the mother or child. Perseverance is often needed by both mother and baby. Always ensure that you and your baby are in a comfortable position when breastfeeding. It is not necessary to feed your baby from both breasts at every feed but do alternate which breast you start off with at each feed. Let your baby finish a feed at each breast. This will give your baby hind milk. Unless you are aware of a special problem there is no need to keep track of when you feed your baby. The more feeding your baby demands, the more milk you will produce. Breastfeeding your baby at night when your baby needs it is as important as daytime feeds.Successful breastfeeding normally means your baby does not need additional fluids. Breastfeeding will satisfy all your baby's nutritional needs. Make sure your thirst and hunger are satisfied. Breastfeeding is not always easy but with practice, difficulties can be overcome.

Most babies start rooting for the breast as soon as they are placed on the mothers chest soon after birth. Ensure that the baby is dried properly before your start the first feed. hold the baby close so that your body warmth keeps the baby warm and cosy. The baby might be a little sleepy due to the action of the drugs given during labour, wait for the effects to wear off .