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Importance of breastfeeding
We have never been so sure of the importance of breastfeeding in newborns.
It will always be necessary to remind mothers of everything that goes into breast milk and the benefits that it can have for their child.
The first thing we focus on is that the mother's healthy diet greatly influences what breastfeeding will be like, in turn we will leave you with some recommendations so that you can produce the necessary milk for your baby.
What is breastfeeding?
It is a safe food that the mother can offer to her baby through her breast. It provides the necessary nutrients to develop the newborn's immune system, avoid infections, prevent common diseases and optimize your baby's growth.
Where and how is breast milk produced?
Pre-Colostrum: Appears in the last trimester of pregnancy, that is, from 7 months onwards. It is composed of; plasma exudate, serum albumin, immunoglobulin cells, lactoferrin, chloride, sodium and lactose.
Colostrum: It is the milk that we produce the first week after childbirth, it has little volume but a lot of density. Mothers consider it to be essential to start the baby's immune protection process.
Transitional milk: After the first 5 days, the abundant process of breast milk production begins.
Mature milk: The complete food that is given to the baby during the first 6 months of birth. Breastfeeding time can vary, but the most used are the first months. When the mother begins the process of ending lactation, this milk returns to its colostrum state.
Some mothers opt for exclusive breastfeeding, this consists of feeding the baby only with the use of breast milk, of course without neglecting moisturizing solutions, vitamins or any medical supply that is indicated by the pediatrician.
There are many diatribes with this type of process, some new mothers fear that breast milk is not enough food for their little one, for this reason they looked for alternative solutions such as solid foods, or other types of milk drinks.
The delicate thing about incorporating solid foods or other drinks to the newborn baby lies in its stomach, let us remember that it is a creature that is still in the process of formation and can present health problems when foods are incorporated outside of breastfeeding.
How can I produce breast milk?
Dear mom, there is no specific method to produce breast milk. This originates naturally during the gestation process and postpartum. Now, if we can recommend the following:;
Drink plenty of water during pregnancy and postpartum.
When the baby is born, try to breastfeed continuously so that the process of sucking and producing breast milk begins.
Some mothers find that oatmeal water is important during the first days of the breastfeeding process.
Benefits of breastfeeding
Certainly, it is a food that contains all the necessary nutrients for your baby (carbohydrates, proteins and fats). In the same way, it has digestive proteins, essential vitamins, hormones and minerals that help the development of the newborn.
Moisturizes it and stimulates its development. We have mentioned that it helps strengthen their immune system and prevents the usual diarrhea in newborns.
Breast milk can protect your baby from diseases such as: allergies, diarrhea, stomach infections, constipation, and even protects him from respiratory diseases.
What shouldn't you do?
Part of the most common mistakes made by new mothers is believing that they cannot give breast milk. They all have the ability to do it, but due to the lack of advice, this can be an odyssey.
Your body comes with the condition of producing your baby's food, you must remain calm and wait for it to begin to process. Do not worry or stress, since it can transmit everything you feel to the baby.
Do not make the mistake of letting your baby sleep more than required without feeding him, in general terms newborns should be fed every 3 hours, however, there are trends that support feeding the baby on demand.
Always consult with your pediatrician about your baby's reactions and the state of your breasts during the breastfeeding process.
Breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mother and baby. A feeling of feeling protected by the mother is generated in the newborn.
In the process of breastfeeding we can also develop motor activities in the child, such as hand and foot movements. We must have a correct posture so that it does not affect the baby or the mother when breastfeeding.
The mother should eat healthy and keep consuming calcium (consult your doctor), since she is transmitting life to her child through breastfeeding.
It is a precious moment to chat with him or sing beautiful songs to him.
Finally, do not forget that the baby must expel some gases after breastfeeding to avoid inconveniences when sleeping.