Children

Breastfeeding

Lena Zimmo/ Health Promotion Researcher
Aspetar
20 April, 2016

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Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Giving your baby breast milk is recommended for at least the first six months (26 weeks) of your baby's life. In addition to the benefit of the breast milk in building a strong bond between mother and baby, it has many benefits for both:

Breastfeeding benefits for the baby

  • Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby.
  • Promotes healthy growth and development.
  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from ear and respiratory infections, allergies, constipation and diarrhea, vomiting and anemia.
  • It reduces crying and colic.
  • It decreases the risk for babies to develop childhood leukemia, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, asthma, eczema, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • It is always ready, it’s available whenever and wherever your baby needs a feed
  • It is the right temperature.
  • It is always clean and sterile; hence, it decreases the chance of for you baby to be infected with germs.

Breastfeeding benefits for the mothers good for you:

  • It helps the uterus return to the pre- pregnancy size, shape, and position.
  • It helps decrease weight after pregnancy as it burns the fats the body stored during pregnancy; breastfeeding naturally uses up to 500 calories a day.
  • It releases the hormone that makes one feel good.
  • It lowers the risk of getting breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or osteoporosis.
  • It can give a great sense of achievement.
  • It saves money and effort; with breastfeeding there is no need to purchase, prepare, and measure the formula and no not need to sterile and warm bottles and tops.

Information and tips regarding breastfeeding: 

  • Keep in mind that, although babies come in different weights and lengths, all babies have small tummies.  Babies’ tummies can’t hold much at one time, so they need to be fed often- day and night.  A newborn baby’s tummy is the size of chickpea, a week old baby’s tummy is the size of cherry, and 3 to 4 weeks baby has a tummy size as a walnut.
  • Every baby has his own way of breastfeeding. Most newborn babies need to feed every 1-3 hours. However, some babies need to feed often and some need to fed many times during the night. Follow your baby’s early signs, as your baby has many ways to tell you that they are hungry, such as crying and sucking fingers.
  • Sit or lie comfortably, using  a pillow for support and comfort if necessary, relax your shoulder and bring your baby to your breast, rather than your breast to baby.
  • Hold your baby close to you as babies like to be held skin to skin and support your baby’s neck and shoulders.
  • Look into your baby eyes, smile, talk, and sing to your baby
  • When you baby comes off the breast or is no longer sucking actively, burp him and offer the other breast.
  • If you need to take your baby off the breast, gently place your finger in the corner of the baby’s mouth until you break the suction.
  • It is good for you to know that you make more milk at night because that is when the hormones responsible to make breast milk are at the highest level. That is why babies want to breastfeed during nighttime!!

 

Breast feeding is great for the mother and baby. It is more than providing nutrients for physical growth, it is contributes to an intimate and special relationship.

A newborn baby’s tummy

is the size of chickpe

a week old baby’s tummy

is the size of cherry

3 to 4 weeks, baby’s tummy

 is the  size as a walnut

  

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