Many Years ago, mother’s milk was considered a miracle fluid, well still today, because mother’s milk is definitely the best for babies. And babies know that best!
A healthy mother can provide healthy breast milk. Breastfeeding also creates a very special bond between the mother and her little baby.
Moms can have a quiet time with their little baby during breast-feeding. It’s absolutely a special time together, and their privilege, joy, and love.
A mom is her baby’s ultimate comfort. For a little baby, the place to be is with mom! She is the only one in the world who can provide the love and care which they need for them!
How Long Should You Breast-Feed An Infant?
Your newborn should stay at least 10-15 minutes on each breast. An average of 20-30 minutes per feeding every 2-3 hours should ensure that your baby is getting enough milk, and help the baby to gain weight and remain satisfied between feedings.
It will also allow time to stimulate your body to build up your milk supply. The older they become they start to drink less breast milk and start eating and drinking a variety of foods.
When they become toddlers they may spend more time on the breast because they are looking for security, comfort, and of course, mom’s love and attention especially when they unwell.
From Which Age Should You Stop Breastfeeding Your Baby?
Years ago, Indigenous women in Canada are particularly affected by their loss of traditional breastfeeding, knowledge, which taught mothers to breastfeed for at least 2 years and up to 5 years after birth.
Well, today I personally know women who still breast-feed their babies up to the age of 3 years old! They believe their babies are much healthier and peaceful than the bottle baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended exclusive breastfeeding for the first months after birth and breast-feeding in combination with solid foods until at least age 1.
After the age of 1, it is recommended that as long as you and your child wish to continue. With all the benefits that breastfeeding offers, I will also carry on for as long as both me and my baby are happy and comfortable.
When Can Breast-Milk Be Harmful To Your Baby?
Breast-milk offers a lot of nutrition and energy to support your baby’s growing body, but if you think you have a problem, you should taste the milk before you give it to your baby.
Breast milk may also be harmful to your baby if he or she has galactosemia(galactose in the blood). Babies with this genetic condition are not able to metabolize a certain type of sugar(galactose) found primarily in breast-milk cow’s milk and dairy products.
This is a serious condition. If your baby show signs of refusal to eat, and spitting up or vomiting within the first few days of his life, after consuming breast-milk, you see a doctor immediately! These are signs of galactosemia.
Exposure to alcohol through breast-milk could be damaging to an infant’s development, growth, and sleep patterns. If a mother is under the influence of alcohol she should not be left alone with her baby. Don’t drink during breast-feeding.
Look Out For These Signs:
If your baby seems irritable it could be that he or she isn’t necessary nutrients from breastmilk. You should notice if it changes your baby’s bowel movement.
If your baby fails to gain weight, or having dark-colored urine, and is always sleepy then you should seek medical attention immediately, your baby’s health and safety should be first priority
Should You Breast-Feed In Public?
It is natural for some moms to breast-feed their baby in public, although some breastfeeding mothers feel reluctant to breast-feed in public.
You will often need to feed your baby in public, If your baby is hungry, the baby needs to eat no matter where! Many laws around the world make public breastfeeding legal.
When You Breastfeed In Public, Try To Do The Following:
- Always cover your breast and your baby with a well-ventilated blanket or cloth.
- Wear dresses that are designed with hidden flaps facilitate easy feedings and access for pumping.
- A larger bra will be more comfortable.
- Use a nursing pillow, if you have one for the comfort of both you and your baby.
- Try not to be alone, be with family members.
Many public places now offer special nursing rooms, complete with comfy chairs and changing tables. If you are near such a facility, make use of it for the comfort of you and your baby.
The Benefits And Facts About Breast-Feeding
- It is a special relationship between mother and baby.
- That eye contact you make with your baby while breastfeeding him or her, priceless moments!
- The milk is always ready when your baby’s hungry! Anytime, Anywhere!
- Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
Breast Milk Reduced:
- The risk of (SIDS) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome according to AAP
- Ear infections
- Diarrhea, constipation, or other tummy problems.
- Colds and flu, if your bay does get sick, it’s usually milder and doesn’t last long.
- Allergies and asthma.
- Childhood cancers.
It Saves You A Lot Of Money:
- Baby formula is very expensive.
- You also have to spend money on baby bottles, rubber nipples, and breast pumps.
- Bottle warmers and cleaners are also very important and cost a lot!
- some type of formula can give your baby digestive problems and you’ll have to buy another type again!
- You need fresh and clean boiled water to make a bottle for your baby.
Breast-Feeding Is Healthy, Oh Yes! But It Also Comes With Some Challenges!
- You can experience discomfort during the first few days.
- Sore nipples, We all know that one!
- You should watch what you eat or drink, to keep your milk fresh.
- You may have some low milk supply at times.
- Breast and nipple size and shape can be uncomfortable.
- Sometimes breasts feel full and may be painful.
- Infections on nipples or in your breast may occur.
Breast-Feeding Or Bottle Feeding? You Decide What’s Best
Whenever you need to make a choice, take your time, you want to have all the facts! Make sure you know everything about both methods.
Breastfeeding is good for both you and your baby’s health, and it is absolutely free! Bottel-feeding can give you more flexibility because the baby isn’t only relying on your body for food. Breast-milk has all the nutrients your baby’s body needs.
The formula is manufactured and it also contains lots of nutrients, but it is still not a perfect match for the benefits breast-milk provides. The formula is expensive, Breast-milk is instant, and does not require any preparation like bottle-feeding.
Love and care for your baby, feed them the best way, you can. Make a choice for the benefit of the health and safety of your baby, and not because it simply suits you!
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