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The best part is you can feed your baby in comfort.
There are several positions in which you can breastfeed
while creating that special bond with your baby.
The Cradle Hold:
This involves you cradling your baby's head with the
crook of your arm. You can support your arms on a chair
with an armrest or on some pillows (if you're on a bed).
If you're on a chair find something to rest your feet on
and gain some support.
Clutch or Football Hold:
Hold your baby under your arm like a football on the
side you're nursing him from.
A lying position might be a good choice when you're
tired --- although it's important to return the baby to his
or her own bed to sleep.
Lie on your side and face your baby toward your
breast, supporting him or her with one hand. With the
other hand, grasp your breast and touch your nipple to
your baby's lips. Once your baby latches on, use one
arm to support your own head and the other to help
support the baby.
If you have twins you can hold them in any combina-
tion of the positions mentioned.
All in all, the benefits of breast feeding continue to
outweigh the risks posed by not doing so, and mothers
should not be dissuaded from giving their babies the
best start in life. Breast milk is indeed, the best milk.
I am sure that many of you are aware of the recent
incident where two breastfeeding mothers were
asked to leave a certain institution because they
were nursing their children as they sat in the audi-
ence. It was widely discussed on social media and
there was even a small sit-in protest of nursing
mothers that gathered on the steps of the institu-
tion in support of these women.
Though the situation was unfortunate, it brought something to the fore
that we already knew; breast milk is indeed the best milk for your baby, and it
is readily available, 24-7. Ask any mother and she would tell you that mother-
hood is a beautiful thing. What strengthens the bond between mother and
baby even more is breastfeeding one's baby.
According to the World Health Organisation's website (www.who.int),
"Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy
growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproduc-
tive process with important implications for the health of mothers..."
NUTRITION FOR BABY
It is a fact that breastfeeding holds many benefits for both mother and in-
fant. Breast milk contains antibodies which protect your baby during its cru-
cial first few months of life. During pregnancy, the breasts secrete a liquid
called colostrum. It is also known as the first breast milk (also
called liquid gold by some) and it is loaded with nutrients and antibodies
which protect her bundle of joy. It's important to have the child nurse "on de-
mand", which simply means that you don't feed them on a schedule. You let
them nurse when they are hungry.
About three to five days after giving birth, the breast milk changes and be-
comes mature breast milk, which is nature's perfect food. It provides the baby
with just the right amount of water, proteins, fats and sugars for continued
milk is also eas-
ier to digest and
is best for pre-
found in breast
milk also help to
ward off viruses
also shown that
babies on for-
more ear infec-
respiratory infections, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Research has also shown
that this type of milk lowers the chance of your baby suffering sudden infant
death syndrome (SIDS).
The benefits of breastfeeding are many. In case of an
emergency, baby's milk supply is always ready. Breast milk is always at the
right temperature and will protect your baby against several diseases.
GOOD FOR MOM TOO
So far we have discussed the benefits to the infant. So, does breastfeeding
benefit you, the mother? Of course. As long as baby has a routine, things
should be quite easy. The good news is that mothers will not be up at un-
godly hours mixing formula and they will spare themselves hearing the baby
screaming at the top of his lungs while doing so. In addition, mom will save
money by not buying formula. Breastfeeding also means that baby will get
sick less, and again mom will save herself the medical cost. Some sources
also state that breastfeeding improves the mother's health as well. It helps to
decrease a mother's chances of ovarian cancer, postpartum depression,
breast cancer, osteoporosis and several other diseases.
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