Benefits of Breastfeeding
According to the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey, 96% of women started breastfeeding, and after five months, 15% of the babies were still breastfed exclusively.
Why breastfeeding is still best?
Non-nutrients found in breast milk: immune factors, antibacterial factors, digestive enzymes, hormones, growth factors.
Essential nutrients found in breast milk.
Water, protein, vitamins, minerals, other trace elements and nutrients.
Fat-essential fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids.
Carbohydrates-The main carbohydrate in breast milk is lactose.
Breast milk is a unique, complex and dynamic fluid, superior to any other form of infant milk.
Breast milk provides all the necessary nutrients and many non-nutrient components, which helps to promote the health, growth and development of infants and young children.
Breast milk is constantly changing, from three stages of breast milk (colostrum, transitional milk and mature milk) to a single feeding.
Babies change different levels of appetite and thirst throughout the day, which may affect the production and supply of breast milk.
· Breast milk is the source of antibodies and immunity. Colostrum contains antibodies, which can increase the resistance of the baby, especially to the diseases of the respiratory tract and digestive tract, such as enterovirus. In addition, the baby who drinks breast milk are less likely to have allergies.
· DHA is abundant, nutrition is rich, digestion and absorption of it are good, and it is very helpful to the retina and brain. Lactose, fat, protein, DHA, minerals and vitamins contained in human milk are most suitable for infants' needs, and are easy to digest and absorb.
· A balanced diet, with no burden on the kidneys.
· Cultivate good parent-child relationship.
· Fresh and at the right temperature.
· Best oral exercise to prevent tooth decay.
· Satisfaction and security. When breastfeeding, the mother's cuddle, caress, visual contact and voice will make the baby feel more satisfied and safer.
· Help the uterus contract after childbirth.
· Help you to slim down to your pre-pregnancy weight.
· Reduce the incidence of various diseases, such as ovarian cancer, breast cancer and osteoporosis.
· Economical and practical. When you go out, you don't need to carry bottles and cans with you nor do you have to mix it, and you can also save a considerable amount of infant formula costs.
· Natural contraception. It can prolong the time of postpartum menstruation recovery and achieve the effect of natural contraception, but not 100%, so it is better to cooperate with other contraceptive methods when postpartum sexual life is revived.
How to promote breast milk secretion
· Increase nutrition and water intake, such as fish soup, milk and boiled water.
· Get enough sleep and rest.
· Eat less stimulating food.
· Increase the frequency of baby sucking (leading to more milk) or frequent pumping.
Principles of breastfeeding
· Feed as early as possible after childbirth to stimulate milk secretion.
· In general, the more babies suck and the more milk they secrete, so don't limit their sucking time. Feed them whenever they get hungry.
· Containers and hands to be in contact with breast milk must be washed clean.
· It is necessary for mothers and infants to learn and adapt to breastfeeding, so they should have patience and confidence.