The Importance of Mother’s Milk and Breastfeeding:
You’ve been experiencing changes in your breast tissue all through your pregnancy as your breasts get ready for milk production. That’s why some expectant mothers talk about milk lactating from their breasts. Breast milk is a unique and natural source of nutrition that is produced by your body at the quality and amount needed by your baby.
After your baby is born, breastfeeding will become a lifestyle for you as your baby wishes to be latched onto your breast at all times during the first month. So prepare yourself and try to adjust to your baby’s routine. During this period your baby will be learning the rhythm of sucking, swallowing and breathing, his stomach, the size of a cherry at birth, will grow and your milk will increase in volume as your baby stimulates your nipples.
Try not to set up an orderly program for these days as you and your baby should complement each other. Feed baby when he demands and sleep when he is sleeping so that you can keep up your strength.
Breastfeeding is a once in a life-time experience both for baby and mom, so make sure you get proper information on breastfeeding, as well as any problems and how to overcome them, during the first few days of breastfeeding. Your breast milk will help give your baby a healthy start in life and reap its benefits throughout his life. On the other hand breastfeeding will help you maintain the health of your breasts.
Breast milk is easy to digest, contains the fats your baby needs in correct proportion and includes special proteins and enzymes that can only be found in breast milk. It prevents infections and diseases such as infections of the upper respiratory tract and colon, while helping baby’s growth and fostering his health. Breast milk also minimizes gas and constipation problems for baby. During the first 6 months, breast milk will be all your baby needs– he doesn’t even need water. Breastfeeding can continue for two years, while other nutrients are gradually introduced in small amounts after six months. The World Health Organization recommends a breastfeeding period of two to four years.