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Breast is best
The Breastfeeding Debate
Member Name: xxsaraxxm
The Breastfeeding Debate
Advantages: Gives your baby the best start in life
Disadvantages: Can be very emotionally and physically draining
WHY IS "BREAST BEST?"
The first breastfeed that you give your baby and for 3 to 4 days after the birth is not actually milk it is a fluid called colostrum. Colostorum "pre-milk" is a very high protein fluid which is full of antibodies from the mothers body which protects your newborn baby from infections plus a substance called "lactoferrin", which acts like a natural antbody for your baby.
Although formula milk is as close as its ever been to breast milk it still does not contain all the benefits listed above.
I myself had no problems with breastfeeding my daughter Aimee but for a lot of women like my one of my friends it doesnt get off to a very smooth start! But try not to give up! Not only are you learning how to breastfeed but your baby is learning too and some babies dont learn as quickly as others! As you will no doubt learn for yourself as your baby grows!
ADVANTAGES OF BREAST FEEDING
For me the advantages well outweighed the disadvantages. I wanted to give my daughter the best possible protection against infections etc and breastfeeding is the best way to do it!
* You get to form a close bond with your baby
* Milk ready on demand which means you dont have to spend time making bottles or worry bout taking bottles with you if you go for a day out!
* Breastmilk is easier for your baby to digest than formula milk
* A perfect balance of all the required nutrients for your baby
* Protects against infections
* May protect against allergys/skin conditions such as exema
* Your babys stools will be less offensive! (which can only be a good thing!)
* Helps burn off the extra fat your body gained whilst pregnant
* When you are breastfeeding you uterus contracts helping it get back to its pre-pregnancy shape quicker which means flatter tummys!
* You can get very sore cracked nipples
* It can be very emotionally and physically draining for the mother
* If you want to go for a night out (which lets face it we all want and deserve!) you have to ensure that you express and store enough milk to last 24hrs as alcohol takes at least 24hrs to get out of your system
* Your partner/friends cannot feed your baby for you so you can go for a bath etc
A GOOD MILK SUPPLY
When your baby is breastfeeding the milk they will get first is known as "foremilk" is watery and thuirst quenching and the "hindmilk" that comes next is rich in fat and protein so your baby gets all their needs at one feed. To ensure a good milk supply you should make sure you eat a healthy and varied diet and drink a lot of fluids. If your baby is very hungry and you feel like you are not producing enough milk you can try expressing milk at times when your baby isnt feeding to increase your milk supply.
STEP - BY - STEP
Here is a step by step guide which i used when breatsfeeding my daughter for you to follow;
1. Hold your baby in the crook of your arm and use your other hand to bring your baby up to your breast. Touch your babys nose with your nipple and with the smell of your milk your baby should open its mouth. Or alternativly if you stroke your babys cheek (when they are very young) your baby should turn towards your nipple as a reflex reaction.
2. Your baby should latch on to your nipple straight away. If your baby does not you should try lifting your breast up to your baby and guide her onto your nipple so that they get a good mouthful.
3. When your baby has finished feeding you may need to release your nipple from your babys mouth by putting a finger in the corner of their mouth. Try to never just pull your nipple out of your babys mouth as this can cause you to get sore/cracked nipples.
All in all i think if you can breastfeed without any discomfort you should definately continue doing it. I personally could only do it for 3 wks as i felt i was suffering mentally as a result of feeling like my baby was permenantly attactched to me and i became a bit depressed and would somtimes cry while feeding her. But was afraid of stopping as i felt like the health proffesionals, health visitor, gp etc would judge me and make me feel bad for wanting to stop. Which they did to a certain extent but if you are feeling the strain dont listen to anyone else. Do what is right for you as your baby can pick up if you are stressed out at mealtimes!
Thank you very much for reading my reveiw and i hope it is of help to all you mums & mums to be! x
Summary: Breatfeeding explained