A woman knows the joy of creation like no other in her prime. From conceiving her baby to going through the experiences of gestation, the moment you know that your baby is ready to see the light of this world, and those first faint shrieks of the infant – those few months are a journey in itself. And no sooner have you finished the processes of this journey, than you set off on a new one. Where every moment with your new baby is a learning experience, every experience teaching you the art of motherhood, every learning taking you a step closer to the joys of being a wonderful mother. To be with your child, breastfeed it, so that it can grow.
The Beginning Of A New Journey
Within the first hour of your child’s birth, the infant seeks its mother’s touch. The best way to bond with the little one is skin-to-skin touch and to start the breastfeed. Right after you give birth, your body starts producing colostrum that gives your baby its first gift on this earth. The thick liquid that your body begins to produce (during your pregnancy) and continues after birth is also called liquid gold. It helps your baby acclimatize with everything new, and also starts off its digestion and bowel movements.
It takes only a few days before the colostrum gives way to mature breast milk. This liquid is rich in protein, sugar, fat and water, and is laden with antibodies made specifically for your baby by your body.
Breastfeed is an important part of growing up, and it studies have shown that breastfeeding your baby makes it more immune to a host of illnesses later on in life. There are a number of benefits for the new mum and child if you breastfeed your infant regularly for the next 6 months.
Benefits For The Baby
- Diseases like juvenile diabetes, heart diseases and cancer are less likely to occur in infant who have breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months
- Breastfed children are also strong, and are more immune to diseases. It increases the chances of developing a stronger immune system for the child.
- It also reduces the chances of respiratory complicacies in the child’s life.
- Later on in life, as it grows, the child still reaps the benefits of being breast fed in its infancy. Problems like obesity, dental cavity and allergic reactions are more likely to reduce in the later part of the child’s life. This happens with the antibodies being passed from the mother to a child. With every fiber of her being, a woman not only holds and sustains life within her, she also helps the baby secure its health for an entire lifetime.
Benefits For The Mother
While we marvel at the health benefits of the infant, the mother also benefits from the effects of motherhood.
- First and foremost, the process of breastfeed helps you get back into your pre-pregnancy shape, by burning extra calories
- The hormone oxytocine is released by the mother’s body, which is responsible for feelings of love. It helps you bond with your baby. It is not for nothing, that oxytocine is called the love hormone in layman terms
- Risks of breast and ovarian cancer can also be reduced when a mother breastfeeds her baby
- And of course, when you are giving exclusive breastfeed to your baby, you can say goodbye to packing supplies for going out of your house.