What is Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is the feeding of the newborn from the mother's breast milk, or any woman who is able to. It is the only and best baby food, and it creates a close relationship between the mother and her son, both of whom feel love and tenderness. Breastfeeding and its most important benefits are the following.
Benefits of Breastfeeding For The Mother:
- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis for the mother, Breast-feeding helps the body absorb calcium better, although some bones become less intense during lactation and even weaning, but they recover after weaning about 6 months.
- Protect both mother and child from obesity.
- Burns excess calories in the mother, breastfeeding helps burn about 500 calories a day.
- Helps to speed recovery after birth. Breastfeeding works on the secretion of oxytocin, which in turn helps to speed the return of the uterus to normal size in 6 weeks compared to 10 weeks in cases of non-breastfeeding.
- Reduces the chances of getting breast and ovarian cancers.
- Represents a period of leave from menstruation.
- Breastfeeding is less expensive than artificial feeding.
- Natural breastfeeding prevents pregnancy by 98% during the first 6 months after birth, with the following guidelines: The menstrual cycle is not resumed; the baby is breastfed every 4 hours.
- help you to understand your child: Unlike artificial feeding where you know exactly how much your baby has been eating, breastfeeding depends entirely on your instinct and understanding of your child to see whether he or she is hungry or satisfied.
Benefits of Breastfeeding For The Child:
- Mother's milk is a divine creation and is therefore the most appropriate food for the child, as it contains all the nutrients in quantities needed by the infant during the first six months of life.
- The mother's milk is easy to digest and protects the child from intestinal colic, which is clean and sterile because the baby gets milk from his mother's breast directly. There is no chance of infection with germs, and milk is not suitable for germ growth and reproduction.
- Breast milk contains antimicrobial agents that help prevent the baby from getting sick and helps the baby recover more quickly.
- A baby who breastfeeds his mother's breast is less susceptible to allergies.
- Breast milk contains enzymes that facilitate fat digestion. Milk is stored in the mother's breast and does not spoil at all even if the baby does not breastfeed for a few days. Children who are breastfed by their mothers have a higher mental capacity and level of academic attainment.
- The mother's milk is produced at a suitable temperature for the infant in summer and winter, without requiring any heat treatment, such as boiling, pasteurization or cooling. The sterilization is complete and cannot be contaminated.
- Breast milk offers an ever-changing mix of nutrients and the right amounts for each meal every day.
- Colostrum is the first milk obtained by the child in the first few days, and is characterized by the presence of antibodies against antibodies that resist infection, and antibodies are also found in mature mother's milk.
- Breast milk decreases at an increasing rate automatically as the baby's age increases and the weight increases and the greater the absorption.
- Children who are breastfed are more resistant to disease and less susceptible to disease. • Children who are breastfed cannot tolerate ear infection, upper respiratory infection, allergies, asthma, type1 diabetes, and obesity.
- Lactation helps to grow the baby's mouth, teeth and jaw, which helps long-term physical growth.
For many thousands of years, breast milk has been known to be the best food for an infant, as it is suitable for digestion, absorption and metabolism in the infant's body without any problems.
Signs of Child Satiety From Breastfeeding:
- If your baby is eating every two hours, about six to eight times a day during the first two weeks or three weeks. These are the period of digestion of breast milk and usually the number of feeds to 15 times in the first 4 days after birth and then settle on the above number.
- Feeling soft and empty breast after breastfeeding is a proof that your child is taking what he really needs.
- Sleep your baby at siesta quietly without worrying.
- Restoring the baby gradually after the first week is evidence that he or she has received sufficient doses.
- Your child will enjoy a healthy color and tight skin, and regain its natural shape quickly if it is gently pinched.
- Dryness of children in this age usually does not occur in the sense of dehydration. However, a child who does not take enough of his baby has a relatively dry skin.
- Consuming at least 6 to 8 diapers during the day. Urine also has a child without smell.
- Monitor the movement of swallowing during breastfeeding, which confirms the intake of his breast naturally.
- The color of yellow stools tends to dark green and black, and the color should be light after the fifth day of birth, if your baby does not give a crackling sound while breastfeeding. (This means that he does not apply his mouth tightly to the breast, keep him away from the breast and try again).
- If breastfeeding is painful for you and your child is resting in the middle of the meal to catch his breath and then re-enter the lactation.
- Make sure your baby's position during breastfeeding helps him to hold the nipple well. If this situation is painful, the child's situation is not correct. When your baby absorbs milk, the breast produces more, and the greater the number of feeds, the more milk is produced.
- Re-feed the baby from both breasts at each time.
- If your child is responding to you during waking up, it is normal for a child who does not have adequate breastfeeding to be lazy and unresponsive to the mother during the day.