Wednesday, February 25

ADVOCATING BREAST FEEDING

I made sure I breastfed both of my babies. The first breast fed for 15 months and the other for 10 months.
I am a firm believer in breastfeeding and all it promotes.

While you are pregnant, your body prepares a very special blend of nutrients to meet your baby's needs.

Colostrum also known as fore milk is the perfect starter food for your baby.
This yellowish, creamy substance is found in the breasts during pregnancy and for a few days after delivery.
Colostrum takes care of all your baby's nutritional needs right after birth as well as offers important protection against bacteria and viruses.
Colostrum also stimulates your baby's first bowel movement [Meconium - dark sticky stool made while the baby is still in you).


Over the first few days after your baby is born, the amount of breast milk you make will increase. Breast milk is made of fats, sugars, proteins, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes and is designed to promote brain and body growth. Antibodies are also present in

Studies show that if you breast feed your baby exclusively for the first 4-6 months your visits to the doctor will be far and in between, because it helps build your baby's immunity against infections.
This I know firsthand as I experienced it with both of my babies.

The medical problems that may be prevented by breast milk include but are not limited to:
Ear infections, diabetes, intestinal problems, and several food allergies.

A baby with colic also gets relief from regular breastfeeding
Breast-feeding also reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or "crib death."

Feeding your baby breast milk exclusively may give his/her brain and visual development an extra boost.
The activity of suckling at the breast aids faster speech development than in babies who are not breastfed.

My son who breast fed till 15 months started talking before his first birthday and he is so intelligent at times I forget he is just 3 years old.

My daughter is also catching up fast despite the fact that I stopped breast feeding her at 10 months. She is very sharp and energetic at times she tires me out.

They have also been proven studies carried out that show that prolonged breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetics in mothers later in life.

Are you a believer? Try breastfeeding and you too will become a strong advocate.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a believer yes! I couldnt agree more, great blog thanks! I havent had my baby yet (8 weeks to go - yay) but im definately going to try to breast feed. Ive found this artlcle really useful http://www.bounty.com/Articles/Bounty/PDF/Your%20New%20Born/Breastfeeding.aspx - hope it helps other mummys out/answers any questions!

Consolata said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thanks for your comments.
Goodluck at your delivery and happy breastfeeding.
Do you know the sex yet, If not I hope you enjoy your surprise bundle.

Cheerio

MOTO said...

HELLO I AM PREG ABOUT 18WEEKS DOWN THE LINE, MYSELF AND MY HUSBAND ARE BELOW 5FEET AND I WILL LIKE MY BABBY TO GROW UP TALLER, DO U THINK BREAST FEEDING WILL HELP, WAT DO U THINK

Consolata said...

Hello Moto,

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Though there is no proven case where Breastfeeding adds inches, it sure ensures that your baby is healthy, strong and intelligent.

And if your baby is healthy he may have pubertal growth spurts for longer periods that will add the desired inches.

Though the heights of parents are a determinant, but there are other contributory factors, children of this new generation are growing at an alarming rate which has made nonsense of proven science.

A child which hits puberty early tends to grow more that the child who hits puberty late.

The length and vigour of pubertal growth spurts is also a key factor in determining heights.

Most importantly focus on a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and definitely breastfeeding you new born exclusively till 4-6months may prove to be a contributory factor.

Remember many petite parents today have large than life kids.

But I assure you once you have your baby you will focus more on his health and well being than how tall he/she is going to be.

Good luck in your pregnancy and delivery.

Cheers

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