Continue with our Online Health Care Awareness now in this article Nursing Officer SL Sharma going to explain health care awareness on Breast feeding. The article is about “What is Brest Feeding and How Breast Feeding is beneficial for a mother and to her Child.
WHAT IS BREASTFEEDING?
Breastfeeding is the best natural feeding for the infant(baby). Breast milk is the best milk than the other milk for babies. Breastfeeding provides all the necessary nutrients to the baby. Breast milk is the safest, hygienic & an effective method for baby feeding. Mother’s milk is the basic & complete food to baby, it also provides emotional & psychological support to both mother as well as to the baby.
The main cause of the infant’s death is the poor breastfeeding techniques & the practices. So a mother should be aware of the correct breastfeeding techniques & practices for the proper growth of the baby & to keep the baby away from the diseases, so in this article, we are providing you the knowledge about the breastfeeding techniques, its advantages & the medical health care tips for effective breastfeeding.
ADVANTAGES OF THE BREASTFEEDING: As earlier stated the breast milk is the safest, cheapest & most effective way of feeding to the baby. It has many advantages as compared to other ways of baby feeding such as artificial feeding, cow’s milk etc. it provides benefits to both mother as well as to the baby. These advantages are as follows, by keeping in mind these advantages one should always prefer the breastfeeding:
1). NUTRITIVE VALUE: Breast milk of a mother contains all the essential nutrients in the right proportion which are needed for the proper growth & development of the baby.
Breast milk contains high amount of galactose & lactose which are needed for the growth & development of the baby’s brain, so it also helps in the proper growth & development of baby’s brain.
Breast milk helps in the absorption of the calcium so it also helps in the bony development of the baby.
It contains all the essential vitamins, proteins, electrolytes, minerals & water in the rig ht amount which are necessary for the growth & development of the baby.
Breast milk provides the proper nutrition to the baby.
2). DIGESTIBILITY: Breast milk is easily digestible to the baby as compared to the other milk as it contains the protein which is easily digestible to the baby.
Breast milk contains enzymes which help in the proper digestion of it that’s why it is easily digestible to baby.
3). PROTECTIVE VALUE: Breast milk contains the immunoglobulin (IgA, IgM, macrophages, lymphocytes) which have the capacity to fight against many diseases & infections so it protects the baby against many infections.
Breast milk protects the baby from malaria, various infections, allergy, asthma & many other infections. Breast milk provides immunity to baby.
4). PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS: Breast feeding provides psychological benefit to both mother as well to baby.
Breast feeding promotes the physical as well as the emotional bondage to both the mother & baby by the frequent skin to skin contact, attention & interaction.
Breast feeding helps in the future in making the better child-parent relationship & lessen the chances of behavioural disorders in the children.
Breast feeding helps in the development of higher intelligence & feeling of security to infant.
5). BENEFITS TO MOTHER: Exclusive Breast feeding from a mother for the first six months acts as a contraceptive method for the mother, as due to breast feeding there is lactational amenorrhea (absence of menses) because of which mother doesn’t get pregnant.
Lactational amenorrhea (absence of periods due to breast feeding) helps in restoring the blood means the iron store so the chances of anemia are less to mother.
Breast feeding reduces the chances of ovarian & breast cancer to mother.It provides psychological satisfaction to mother. It is more convenient for the mother especially in the nights to provide feed to the baby.
6). BENEFITS TO THE FAMILY: Breast feeding is the most economical in terms of saving of money, time & energy of the family.
Family will spend less on milk, care & illness as a result of the breast feeding because it is natural & also provides immunity to baby to fight with the infections.
BY KNOWING & EVALUATING ALL THESE BENEFITS ONE SHOULD ALWAYS PREFER THE BREASTFEEDING TO FED AN INFANT.
Stay Healthy and Take care of Your Baby…..