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Why Breast Feeding Is Best Bonding Time, Health Benefits Both For Baby And Mom

Why Breast Feeding Is Best Bonding Time, Health Benefits Both For Baby And Mom

As a reflexologist always looking for natural ways of healing and help people.
My philosophy is being proactive not reactive in your overall health care and you can prevent disease and suffering in the body. One of the things that I feel strongly about as far as being proactive is to give your newborn the best possible chance of having a healthy life and that’s why I believe that breast-feeding is so important for everyone to do if the mother can.

There are several reasons why breast feeding is a fantastic bonding time, health and wellness benefits both for child and also mother including lessening the threat of SIDS. If you can not Breast feed your child ie; no milk, inverted nipples, job etc don’t  feel like you have actually failed your child as you were not able to breast feed.

Why Breast Feeding Is Best Bonding Time

Why Should I Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding has many benefits both to the mother and the child. When a woman breastfeeds, her antibodies are transferred to the child. In the first few hours after birth the substance in the mother’s breast milk, is full of things the baby needs. Not only that, but the act of breastfeeding can stimulate the production of chemicals which can help the bonding process. Even if you choose not to breastfeed long term, breastfeeding for the first few weeks is definitely a plus to both you and your child.

Breastfeeding is a good deal easier than formula feeding. It requires no bottles to sterilize, no nipples, no bottled or boiled water. There is no need to stumble around in the middle of the night to make a bottle. Breast milk is always ready, and always at the right temperature for your baby. One of the nicest things about breastfeeding is the chance to relax and bond with your baby every two to three hours. It insures that you take specific time out to bond with your baby. Still not convinced? Read on for more reasons to breastfeed your baby.

Breastfeed for a Healthier Baby

In the first few days of breastfeeding, your body produces a thicker substance than breast milk. This substance is called colostrum. Colostrum is important for your baby because it has many of the antibodies that you possess, and will pass these to your child. Essentially, this colostrum is like giving your baby a heavy dose of probiotics that not only work in the digestive system, but also throughout the body. Babies who are exclusively breastfed have less instances of asthma and fewer food allergies. Most doctors now recommend mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months, which means no water, juice, formula, baby food or cereals. Breast milk provides the perfect blend of protein, vitamins, and fat to promote healthy growth and brain development. Babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months have even been shown to have higher IQ’s, fewer ear infections, and fewer respiratory illnesses, as well as very little complaints of diarrhea or other digestive problems. The AAP is now also saying that breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Why Breast Feeding Is Best Bonding Time

Breastfeeding also produces a substance called oxytocin, which causes the uterus to contract and to return to normal size faster. This substance has also been shown to improve early bonding between mother and child. If you breastfeed immediately after giving birth, the increase in oxytocin can help reduce your feelings of exhaustion, and will also act as a natural pain reliever.

Breastfeed for a Healthier You

Another benefit to you is that breastfeeding decreases the risk of breast and uterine cancers, and it is believed to also reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Breastfeeding burns more calories helping new moms to burn off pregnancy weight. Many moms are afraid that they won’t produce enough breast milk to feed the baby, but there’s no need for concern. Your body will naturally adjust to your baby’s needs so that enough milk will be produced . The more you breastfeed, the more milk is produced, so as the baby grows you will produce more milk.

Breastfeeding and the Working Mom

Many moms feel that when they return to work they have to stop breastfeeding. This is not the case. Breast milk can be refrigerated, and even freezes well. It is recommended that you use a double electric pump (pumps both breasts at the same time). You can pump while at work, and simply store in a cooler with blue ice. Most employers are more than willing to provide a place for you to pump you breasts. It is important that you breastfeed before you go to work, and as soon as possible after you get home, as well as over the weekend so that you don’t experience a decrease in your milk production. As long as your breast milk is collected under clean conditions, it can keep in a refrigerator for 5 to 8 days and can be frozen for up to 6 months. You want to use a system so that the milk is rotated and that you use the oldest milk first. Don’t be surprised to see that the milk separates some and has to be shaken before you use.

Breastfeeding Caution

It’s important to remember is anything you eat or drink will normally be passed to your baby through the breast milk. If you are given a medication, make sure your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding. If you binge eat strawberries, your baby may have a diaper rash for a few days as the acid in the strawberries come through to the breast milk. If you overdo the consumption of caffeine, you may find your baby stays up later or becomes cranky or jittery, too! Normal diets usually cause no problem to the baby.Breastfeeding can protect your child from developing allergic reactionsInfants that are fed a formula based upon cow’s milk or soy often have more allergies than breastfed babies.

Researchers believe that immune elements such as secretory IgA (only offered in bust milk) help prevent allergies to food by supplying a layer of defense to an infant’s digestive tract. Without this defense, irritation can establish and also the wall of the bowel can become “dripping.” This enables undigested amino acids to cross the intestine where they can trigger an allergy and also various other health problems.

Infants that are fed formula as opposed to breast milk don’t acquire this layer of defense, so they’re a lot more susceptible to irritation, allergic reactions, and also various other eventual health and wellness problems.

Why Breast Feeding Is Best Bonding Time

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