Have you ever thought of how important it is for a woman to breastfeed and its enormous benefits to her baby and family? It is indeed very easy for a mother to just conclude that breastfeeding is very problematic due to the stress it sometimes comes with. But it can be equally easy for the same mother to embrace breastfeeding without any problem. Half of the battle of breastfeeding is mental and can only be won with a positive mindset about the whole process.
Even though it’s a natural thing it does not always come easily. For example, when the nipple is sore, cracked or the breast is engorged and hard it makes breastfeeding quite uncomfortable. The truth is that all these problems could be fixed. With lots of patience and positive mindedness, smiles can always be put on both baby and mother’s face.
Just like how the best food for calve is cow milk, human breast milk is the best for human. It contains numerous nutrients and vitamins as well as antibodies that protect babies from childhood common infections and helps them to grow very well when done exclusively. It contains exactly the right proteins
Ever witnessed the sucking section of a breastfeeding baby? The force and passion with which they suck is so amazing. This helps build a stronger jaw and well developed teeth. Well breastfed babies have increase in IQ as compared to babies who are formula fed. This is because breast milk has a high content of fatty acid DHA, which is important for brain development. More so the skin to skin and body contact made during the process, improves baby’s emotional development making baby feel safe and cared for.
Most importantly since breast milk is always sterile, no boiling required to a very extent protects babies from infections because it has the right temperature and it is environmental friendly. How many tins of formula milk do you buy every month?
Breastfeeding requires no buying. It therefore saves you money and time since you don’t need to sterilize bottles. Breastfeeding reduces poverty by not burdening the family budget compared to artificial feeding.
You might be part of the group who thinks they can’t produce enough milk due their breast size. The fact is that your body needs frequent, regular demand of your baby’s nursing to keep producing the milk supply and not dependant on how big or small your breast is. Good nutrition, plenty rest, staying well hydrated is all you need to produce enough for your baby.
Some women fear that breastfeeding would ruin the appearance of their breast. But age, gravity, genetics and lifestyle factors like smoking can all change a woman’s breast shape more than breastfeeding does. Did you know that breastfeeding would help you lose all the pregnancy weight faster and may also reduce your risk of becoming diabetic? Breastfeeding helps a mother to burn up to an extra 500 calories a day. It therefore helps her to gradually regain her normal weight and desired shape.
article by Pearl Exornam Selormey Nutritionist