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Breastfeeding is good for all babies because it will keep the bonding between the baby and the mother strong. Not only that, breast milk is also the complete form of nutrition for your infant. It has the perfect amount of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and minerals. Other formulas cannot equal the breast milk of a mother. Anything that is not natural is just harder for their bodies.
Nursing your baby at the first few months of his life offers more benefits to your child. Frequent breastfeeding is advisable because more studies show that babies who are exclusively breastfeed within the first six (6) months are less likely to develop upper-respiratory and ear infections and diarrhea. Although breastfeeding is recommended up to 4 years, but the closer you get to twelve (12) months of breastfeeding, the more benefits your child will have.
You should nurse your newborn when he shows signs of hunger, such as increase alertness or activity. Ideally, breastfeeding must be done before your baby starts to cry because babies usually sleep when they are still in their first few weeks. You must wake him up gently and begin breastfeeding while he may fall asleep again at the middle of your nursing. If ever he’s not awake after four (4) hours of sleep since the last time you nurse, wake him up again and continue breastfeeding.
This is a supply and demand system where infant’s demand for breast milk is supplied by a nursing mother. Breast milk is not just food but it is water and its immune factors, so it’s like medicine. The more you nurse, the more quickly your mature milk will come in and the more milk you’re actually to produce.
While breastfeeding schedule may be found by some mothers as a bad idea but it has its advantages also. Some say, it’s not right because you will not be able to listen to your baby’s cues. On the other hand, breastfeeding scheduling works for some mothers. But what’s most important is that, as mothers, it is our great responsibility to breast feed our babies. They are counting on us. They don’t ask us to be born in this world but we do, right? Therefore, we have to provide them all the necessary care, protection and comfort they needed in order to survive in this world.
If you’re a soon-to-be mother and you are reading this article, you will find that breastfeeding is not an easy task. But you will get used to it and later on will find it as a wonderful and unforgettable experience of a woman as a mother.
According to one of the contestant of an international beauty pageant, “the essence of a woman is the mother” which is true, right? This is part of womanhood that must be cherished by all women. We are the only creatures who are capable of doing breastfeeding therefore, we must be proud of it. Our child brings joy and happiness to our homes and in return, we need to give them the proper care, attention and comfort.