It is said that the bond between a mother and her child further strengthens during breastfeeding. Even the Bible has several passages relating to a mother’s nursing of her young and about how important it is towards the child’s development in the world. Breastfeeding therefore, is the holy grail of new born care. A mother’s unending love towards her child, life giving sustenance, and a very unique human experience, breastfeeding is all of these things and more.
Practically speaking, breastfeeding is the process of feeding a baby or an infant with breast milk directly from a mother’s breast. There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and her baby. Primarily for the baby, it is the transfer of the mother’s antibodies which helps the infant’s capacity to fight disease and can also protect him from suffering from allergies. Breastfeeding is also linked to higher emotional quotient of the child and, among other things, serves as an intelligence booster later in life.
On the other hand, the mother also obtains several important benefits though breastfeeding, among them are:
- A lesser possibility of suffering from stress and post-partum depression after childbirth.
- Eliminates the chance of developing certain kind of cancers like the ones that develop in the breast and ovaries.
- Lowering the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
- Acts as a natural contraceptive, as a mother’s ovulation and period while breastfeeding is discontinued.
Although breastfeeding is simple in nature, you still have to watch what you consume and put into your body, as it may have a big possibility of being passed to your baby through your milk. Among the foods to avoid while breastfeeding are coffee, chocolate, tea or any other drinks that contains caffeine as it may cause the child to be fussy and irritable, alcoholic drinks are also frowned upon as the baby tends to get drowsy all the time and is also shown to cause weakness in the child. Citrusy and spicy foods are also to be used in moderation as it affects your baby’s digestion and may also leave a taste in your nipples that will make your baby avoid them. It is also common sense to stop smoking and to also consult your doctor if you are taking any prescription medicines while you are breastfeeding as it will definitely have adverse effects on your baby.
Summing it all up, breastfeeding is a wonderful thing. After comprehending all of its known and presumed benefits to both the mother and the child, it is unthinkable for any mother to not breastfeed her child. Nurturing naturally that’s what it is. I still remember how my children immediately stopped crying once my wife lovingly embraces them to her bosom. Now that they have grown, I can still see their closeness to us, their parents, and especially to their mother. Maybe we were just lucky or maybe we did succeed in bringing them up nicely. Credit goes fully to my wonderful wife for all of that and more.