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Connecting With Your Child Through Breastfeeding



Connecting With Your Child Through Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful natural acts which bonds a mother to her baby. But more than that, it is a necessity for the new born and scientific evidence shows mother’smilk is the ideal nutrition for term and especially preterm infants as it improves their immunological defense and gastrointestinal function.

However, besides being a natural act, breastfeeding is also a learned behavior, signifying that mothers, families and healthcare professionals need to be educated on optimal breastfeeding practices to overcome any potential hurdles that may influence breastfeeding initiation or continuation. A lot of mothers face situations wherein they discontinue the practice.

Breastfeeding becomes painful at times

Mothers may feel fleeting pain in their breasts when their milk lets down. Some women feel slight tingling, some immense pressure and slight pain, ache or discomfort, while some mothers don’t feel the pain at all. However, the pain occurs initially and once when you get used to breastfeeding, you can easily overcome this barrier. Pain also occurs as sometimes the babies do not latch properly at the right place. Babies also have a tough time latching at times. Consulting with a board-certified lactation consultant can help with these situations.

Some mothers find it difficult to find time to pump:-

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Depending on how heavy their milk flow is, some mothers can fill a bottle in one pumping session, whereas others may need to pump two or three times (and sometimes more) to get a full bottle. Thus, pumping is a time consuming process and working nursing mothers may find it hard to find time for it. It is advisable that if you are returning to work after maternity leave, you should start trying to pump a couple of weeks beforehand so your body begins to respond to the pump. Some mothers also feel reluctant while using breast pumps... it is totally safe and advisable by doctors as well! Manual and electric breast pumps available in market today, simplify breastfeeding for you!

Mothers feel socially awkward:-

Are you a new mom? You may feel awkward when your little one needs to feed while you are out. However, it is a natural phenomenon and you should feed your newborn carefree when outside. Find a quiet corner and nurse your baby. You will gradually become used to breastfeeding when outside over time and thus need not feel shy.

 

Lack of awareness about importance of breastfeeding:-

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Surprisingly yes! Many new mothers still lack awareness about the importance of breastfeeding. Access to a lactation consultant and breastfeeding accessories are important to most mothers. Mothers who are more aware and use lactation consultants are more satisfied with their support and do not face many barriers while breastfeeding.

Decreased milk supply

Mothers often stop breastfeeding due to decreased milk supply.  Your milk supply is also determined by the stimulation that the baby provides while nursing. So, if you face this situation, try feeding your baby more often. Stress, illness, and some medications can also temporarily decrease the milk supply. Drink plenty of water and eating good, nutritious food will also help.

Philips AVENT is focusing on addressing the challenges facing the future of moms and kids’health and well-being.Philips AVENT believes that breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for babies and mothers should be given as much information as possible on the benefits of breast milk in order to make an informed choice about how best to feed their baby. AVENT understand moms, their anxiety and concerns! Therefore, Philips AVENT offers the best range of products for mothers and their babies.



Comments

  1. Anamika, this post took me 22 years back when I was a first time mom… with one breast blocked, a seemingly weak baby to look after who used to get tired sucking as there was hardly any milk and me hell bent upon breast feeding my baby … painful milk suction (pumps too were not that advanced 22 years back)… all came alive in just a moment (can feel that lump in my throat) Today all that pain and turmoil and every effort seems worth it when I find both the babies grown up healthy and can vouch for the fact that if I would have given up at that time the bonding with me and my kids would surely wouldn’t have been that close…. Beautiful post, in its own way.. 🙂

    • I understand your sentiments but i know many ladies who were not able to breastfeed due to some or the other problem but they too share amazing bond with their kido..

      Although if given a chance then ofcourse bf is the best and nothing can ever replace it.

  2. I still have to experience the beautiful feeling..but will share my Sis in law’s experience as she wasn’t able to breastfeed due to negligible milk production..she used to feel guilty about it! but the phase passed breast feeding surely brings both the mother & baby bonded!

  3. agreed…breastfeeding is a blessed way to connect with your baby. But not all women can enjoy this phase easily. And I am one too who struggled during this phase.

    It seems just yesterday that I had abscess…. 🙁 I still have the scar to haunt me enough to this day.

  4. Well breastfeeding at first was a very tiring process- an emergency c section later i just couldnt produce enough milk to sustain the baby so started with top feed – its now – 3 months later tht feeding has become easy for me. I have been pumping and feeding as my baby would refuse to latch on due to nipple confusion- now with a lot of trial i manage to feed him atleast 70 pc of the time

  5. I am glad that you did BF otherwise the guilt and the feeling is terrible…i would also say that you have an amazing family who really took good care of you and your baby 🙂

  6. Hahah ana u kno it all! N ya BF helped me shed most of my baby wt – which is good –

  7. Thas awesome..although i was almost like a tanker but never lost weight through BF but any how i did lose weight and i infact feel better now which is great 🙂

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