Breastfeeding, also known as Nursing is the feeding of babies from a mother’s breast. There are many benefits in breast milk that infant formula lacks. But in today’s world, breastfeeding is not a must and children generally grow up normal when bottle fed.
I have heard stories of women, not having enough breast milk to enable them to feed their infant. Not only is it sad, but I also ask myself how is that possible. With out sounding like a Physiologist,Alveoli,which are milk producing cells, are present in every woman’s breast.
The Alveoli take proteins,sugars and fat from a woman’s blood supply and make breast milk. This is why what you eat while breastfeeding is very important.I believe lack of support or knowledge is the reason behind limited milk supply.
As a mother myself,I strongly believe in breastfeeding and its benefits for both mother and child. As a second time mother,my full-scale milk production began 72 hours after my baby’s delivery. On average it takes 48–96 hours.
I breastfed my now 7 years old for 18 months and I am now nursing a 10 month old. My milk supply has always been abundant and I give credit to the foods I eat and how often I nurse.
I nurse not less than eight times a day.As the stimulation of the nerves help produce more milk in the breast. When nursing,anything soup should be your best friend,especially cream soups. Thick and creamy soups such as potato and leak,carrot and ginger,pumpkin,zucchini,tomato,mushroom cream soup etc.
For breakfast,I highly recommend oatmeal and drinking water each time after nursing your baby. Another secret I have is drinking hot chocolate before going to bed. This really increase my milk supply and enable my baby to feed well all through the night.
Benefits of breastfeeding:
For the mother,blood loss following delivery is less. Better Uterus shrinkage, less postpartum depression. Helps delay the return of menstruation,which can serve as a natural family planning. Because breastfeeding requires an average of 500 calories a day, it helps with pregnancy weight loss.
For your baby,this natural milk,will decrease the risk of food allergy. limit the risk of obesity in adulthood. May also improve Cognitive development, which is the ability to think and understand .
Breastfeeding is something that I think every woman who carries a baby in the womb for nine months should practice as long as they are healthy. For it serves as a great beginning gift for your baby and there is an incredible bonding that takes place between mother and child.