As a mother, it is your duty to take best care of your child. For the first six months, when the child is completely dependent upon breast milk, the mothers develop an emotional bond with him/her. Breastfeeding is probably the most motherly thing to do, which brings the child and the mother close to each other. So, you must cherish these moments and try to be a doting mother throughout this phase. Though initially, especially if it is your first time, breastfeeding is a little confusing and complex thing to do, with time you understand your child's habit and necessity. Read on to know all about breast feeding.
How does the whole phenomenon take place?
Before you begin breast feeding, you must understand how the entire phenomenon does take place. It is a very simple phenomenon, the breasts are divided into lobes and this is where the milk is produced. Individual lobes comprise of 15 to 25 ducts that carry milk to the nipples and get collected at areola before being expressed. It is when a child cries, the breasts grow hot and the blood hurries to the breasts, carrying with it sugars to the milk glands.
How to breast feed?
It is not easy to breastfeed as it seems. You have to take care of lots of things, so that your baby does not remain hungry. The best way to breastfeed a baby is to hold him/her close to your breast and hold your breast in a "C-hold" position, with your thumb on top and fingers beneath. You must make sure that your baby’s mouth is open wide and covers your entire nipple. In case there is suction, break it by your fingers. Keep on checking for it in between. You should offer your baby both your breasts at the time of feeding.
Why is breast feeding necessary?
Breast feeding is very important for the normal mental and physical development of a new born. The mother's milk is a complete source of all the nutrients as well as antibody to the newbie. A breastfed baby is likely to be more strong, healthy and immune. Breast milk is easily digestible by the baby and is always available at right temperature. It also develops a sense of attachment between mother and baby. Apart from this, it also guards the mother against breast and ovarian cancer.
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