Breast Feeding

Who wouldn’t be disturbed by watching a child struggle to breathe? Airway disorders begin at birth.

 

When the child is born, the growth and development of all the body systems are so important. The process starts with feeding.

Breast milk is a substance and medium for perfecting the development of the human body ..

It provides abundant and easily absorbed nutritional components, antioxidants, enzymes, immune properties, and live antibodies from mother.

 

Mother’s more mature immune system makes antibodies to the germs to which she and her baby have been exposed.

 

These antibodies enter her milk to help protect her baby from illness. Immunoglobulin A coats the lining of the baby’s immature intestines helping germs and allergens from leaking through.

 

Breast milk also contains substances that naturally soothe infants:

  • Breastfeeding produces the naturally soothing hormones oxytocin and prolactin that promote stress reduction and positive feelings in the nursing mother.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased calmness. Breastfed babies cry less overall, and have fewer incidences of childhood illness. Breastfeeding can support the wellness of body, mind, and spirit for the whole family.
  • Breastfeeding makes travel easier. Breast milk is always clean and the right temperature.
  • Physical/emotional bonding between mother and child is increased. Breastfeeding promotes more skin-to-skin contact, more holding and stroking. Many feel that affectionate bonding during the first years of life help reduce social and behavioral problems in both children and adults.

Breastfeeding mothers learn to read their infant’s cues and babies learn to trust caregivers. This helps shape the infant’s early behavior.

Breastfeeding is essential for jaw development; growth of the musculature of the mouth; and speech. It is also recognised that babies are more calm.

 

For some mothers, breastfeeding may be hard. The nipples become very sore and the baby might be tired at the breast and not gain weight.

 

A lactation consultant will be able to assess the situation and help.

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