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Benefits & ABC OF Breastfeeding

 Mothers and expecting Mothers this post offers you some friendly advice and hints with the art of breastfeeding your bundle of joy plus the “Why” it is important for both you and your babies health that if you are able to breastfeed, barring health reasons, you should do it and enjoy the time while you can.

You have the Benefits and the ABC of Breastfeeding here for you to study.

 

Benefits of Breast Feeding Once you've given birth, breast feeding is the single most important thing you can do to protect your baby and help to promote good health.

Best of all, breast feeding is free.

Along with saving you money on HMR (Human Milk Replacement), breast feeding can also help you to keep your medical bills down.

Babies that are fed with formula get sicker more often and more seriously than babies that are breast fed.

They also have more ear infections, respiratory infections, and other problems.

This can be even more true if your family has had a history of allergies.

When a baby is breast fed, the antibodies pass on from the mother to the baby, helping to protect against illness and allergies.

As the baby's system matures, his body will begin to make its own antibodies, and he'll be more equipped to handle sensitivities of food.

Sucking on the breast will also help with the development or jaw alignment and the development of the cheekbone.

For this very reason, there is less of the need for costly orthodontic work when the child gets older.

Unlike formula, breast milk is always ready, always available, convenient, and always the right temperature for feeding.

Plus, it contains all of the vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs, saving you a lot of money.

Breast feeding also offers many benefits for the mom as well.

The baby sucking at the breast will cause contractions right after birth, leading to less bleeding for the mom, and helping her uterus to it's shape before pregnancy much faster.

 

Breast feeding will also burn calories, so a mom can lose weight much faster than if she fed her baby with a bottle.

 

Breast feeding will also create a special bond with the mother and the baby - which is one thing formula simply cannot do. 

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ABC OF BREASTFEEDING.

From the first moment the infant is applied to the breast, it must be nursed upon a certain plan.

This is necessary to the well-doing of the child, and will contribute essentially to preserve the health of the parent, who will thus be rendered a good nurse, and her duty at the same time will become a pleasure.

This implies, however, a careful attention on the part of the mother to her own health; for that of her child is essentially dependent upon it. Healthy, nourishing, and digestible milk can be procured only from a healthy parent; and it is against common sense to expect that, if a mother impairs her health and digestion by improper diet, neglect of exercise, and impure air, she can, nevertheless, provide as wholesome and uncontaminated a fluid for her child, as if she were diligently attentive to these important points.

Every instance of indisposition in the nurse is liable to affect the infant.

And this leads me to observe, that it is a common mistake to suppose that, because a woman is nursing, she ought therefore to live very fully, and to add an allowance of wine, porter, or other fermented liquor, to her usual diet.

The only result of this plan is, to cause an unnatural degree of fullness in the system, which places the nurse on the brink of disease, and which of itself frequently puts a stop to the secretion of the milk, instead of increasing it.

The right plan of proceeding is plain enough; only let attention be paid to the ordinary laws of health, and the mother, if she have a sound constitution, will make a better nurse than by any foolish deviation founded on ignorance and caprice.

The following case proves the correctness of this statement:

A young lady, confined with her first child, left the lying-in room at the expiration of the third week, a good nurse, and in perfect health.

She had had some slight trouble with her nipples, but this was soon overcome.

The porter system was now commenced, and from a pint to a pint and a half of this beverage was taken in the four and twenty hours.

This was resorted to, not because there was any deficiency in the supply of milk, for it was ample, and the infant thriving upon it; but because, having become a nurse, she was told that it was usual and necessary, and that without it her milk and strength would ere long fail.

After this plan had been followed for a few days, the mother became drowsy and disposed to sleep in the daytime; and headache, thirst, a hot skin, in fact, fever supervened; the milk diminished in quantity, and, for the first time, the stomach and bowels of the infant became disordered.

The porter was ordered to be left off; remedial measures were prescribed; and all symptoms, both in parent and child, were after a while removed, and health restored.

Having been accustomed, prior to becoming a mother, to take a glass or two of wine, and occasionally a tumbler of table beer, she was advised to follow precisely her former dietetic plan, but with the addition of half a pint of barley-milk morning and night.

Both parent and child continued in excellent health during the remaining period of suckling, and the latter did not taste artificial food until the ninth month, the parent's milk being all-sufficient for its wants.

No one can doubt that the porter was in this case the source of the mischief.

The patient had gone into the lying-in-room in full health, had had a good time, and came out from her chamber (comparatively) as strong as she entered it.

Her constitution had not been previously worn down by repeated child-bearing and nursing, she had an ample supply of milk, and was fully capable, therefore, of performing the duties which now devolved upon her, without resorting to any unusual stimulant or support.

Her previous habits were totally at variance with the plan which was adopted; her system became too full, disease was produced, and the result experienced was nothing more than what might be expected.

The plan to be followed for the first six months.

Until the breast- milk is fully established, which may not be until the second or third day subsequent to delivery (almost invariably so in a first confinement), the infant must be fed upon a little thin gruel, or upon one third water and two thirds milk, sweetened with loaf sugar.

After this time it must obtain its nourishment from the breast alone, and for a week or ten days the appetite of the infant must be the mother's guide, as to the frequency in offering the breast.

The stomach at birth is feeble, and as yet unaccustomed to food; its wants, therefore, are easily satisfied, but they are frequently renewed.

An interval, however, sufficient for digesting the little swallowed, is obtained before the appetite again revives, and a fresh supply is demanded.

At the expiration of a week or so it is essentially necessary, and with some children this may be done with safety from the first day of suckling, to nurse the infant at regular intervals of three or four hours, day and night.

This allows sufficient time for each meal to be digested, and tends to keep the bowels of the child in order.

Such regularity, moreover, will do much to obviate fretfulness, and that constant cry, which seems as if it could be allayed only by constantly putting the child to the breast.

A young mother very frequently runs into a serious error in this particular, considering every expression of uneasiness as an indication of appetite, and whenever the infant cries offering it the breast, although ten minutes may not have elapsed since its last meal.

This is an injurious and even dangerous practice, for, by overloading the stomach, the food remains undigested, the child's bowels are always out of order, it soon becomes restless and feverish, and is, perhaps, eventually lost; when, by simply attending to the above rules of nursing, the infant might have become healthy and vigorous.

For the same reason, the infant that sleeps with its parent must not be allowed to have the nipple remaining in its mouth all night.

If nursed as suggested, it will be found to awaken, as the hour for its meal approaches, with great regularity.

 

In reference to night-nursing, I would suggest suckling the babe as late as ten o'clock p.m., and not putting it to the breast again until five o'clock the next morning.

 

Many mothers have adopted this hint, with great advantage to their own health, and without the slightest detriment to that of the child.

With the latter it soon becomes a habit; to induce it, however, it must be taught early.

The foregoing plan, and without variation, must be pursued to the sixth month.

After the sixth month to the time of weaning, if the parent has a large supply of good and nourishing milk, and her child is healthy and evidently flourishing upon it, no change in its diet ought to be made.

If otherwise, however, (and this will but too frequently be the case, even before the sixth month) the child may be fed twice in the course of the day, and that kind of food chosen which, after a little trial, is found to agree best.

 

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Playing With Your Baby – How To Make An Impact

If you’re wondering how to interact with your baby in the early days, just think back to your own childhood. Games your mom played with you are not outdated. In addition to making baby smile, silly baby rituals like “this little piggy went to market” teach your child some important early skills. Here are some favourites, and some things you may not know about them.

· Peek-a-boo – This is one of the most important, because it teaches your baby that even when you can’t see something, it’s still there. When your child gets older and starts to have anxiety separation, knowing that things that he can’t see will come back (meaning you) will come back. 

· Patty-cake – Clapping your hands or your baby’s hands with this rhyme will help teach early motor coordination, though don’t expect baby to be able to clap on his own until he is over a year old.  

· Where are baby’s eyes? This simple ritual of pointing out where baby’s body parts are located is great for teaching not only the body parts themselves, but teaching him to respond to your questions. If you give lots of praise when he finds his nose on his own, he will be encouraged to respond to your requests of any nature. 

· The itsy bitsy spider – This favourite song from our childhood teaches the coordination of words with actions, so don’t forget to get your spider climbing fingers into the groove. 

· How big? – You can teach the concept of large and small, as well as helping gross motor development by asking how big things are and spreading arms wide or putting hands close together for small things. 

· Old MacDonald – This old, old song is a great way to teach animals and the sounds they make. Your child will be able to imitate the sounds long before they can sing the song, so encourage a duet on this one.  

· One, two, buckle my shoe – This one is great for teaching numbers, and kids love to hear rhymes. 

· Songs – Babies love to hear you sing, so it’s important to get a good repertoire. You may also find that one particular song can calm your baby when nothing else will, so pay close attention to your baby’s reactions to different songs.  

 

You might feel silly playing some of these games at first, but once you see the impact on your baby, you’ll get over your stage fright. Games and songs are critical to your baby’s development and to cementing that bond between the two of you. These little rituals are your first opportunity to have fun with your baby, so don’t miss out! 

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 The next post will be about

"My First Baby” Feeding Guide

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Mother & Baby: Nursing Questions & Answers

 

 

Remember to check with your health practitioner

as to the practicality of any changes or program you choose.

It cannot be detrimental to you or your babies’ health.

Hope you found this helpful for "You and Bubs",
Laurie Mills
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Disclaimer: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

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