I KNOW alot of mothers dont continue breastfeeding their babies because they find it TOO HARD-they give too quickly because they think their milk supply is low (just because you cant see how much your baby is taking on the breast).
Yes-some mums cant bst feed, but please dont BAG us mums who are bst feeding-IT IS THE BEST START IN LIFE FOR YOUR BABY NO MATTER WHAT!!
In the past, no decision needed to be made. A mother gave birth and then fed her baby the breastmilk nature provided. Last century science became involved and mothers were led to believe they now had an easy choice between two equals - breastmilk or infant formula.
At times, mothers were even convinced that infant formula was superior to breastmilk. Breastfeeding wasn't always encouraged - it wasn't seen to be important. Research shows us that this is not true. In fact, breastfeeding is very important.
BREASTMILK IS AN IRREPLACEABLE GIFT A MOTHER CAN GIVE TO HER BABY. IT IS THE START IN LIFE THAT NATURE INTENDED A BABY TO HAVE.
protects your baby from illness and infection
provides the correct food for your growing baby
aids the development of your baby's eyesight, speech and intelligence
promotes a special loving bond between mother and baby
Babies who are not breastfed…
have a higher risk of cot death
have an increased likelihood of allergy
cost more money - you need to buy expensive infant formulas and feeding equipment. Non-breastfed babies are more likely to fall ill, costing more to the family and the community in medical bills
are less environmentally friendly - in terms of fuel, energy and resources needed for artificial feeding
It helps to know:
Most babies have a strong need to suck when they are first born, so you can start breastfeeding straight away if you are both well.
The more milk your baby takes from the breast, the more milk your breast will make.
To establish a good milk supply let your baby feed frequently, whenever he wakes or seems hungry. Allow him to finish the first breast before offering the second side.
Breastmilk is easily digested. It is normal for young babies to feed frequently, including night feeds. This helps your supply too.
Babies breastfeed for comfort and closeness as well as to satisfy their hunger and thirst.
There is no need to avoid any specific foods while you are breastfeeding. There are no magic foods that increase the milk supply - a sensible, well-balanced diet is the key.
Many women successfully combine breastfeeding and work outside the home.
As your baby grows, your breastmilk changes to meet his developing needs - your breastmilk is always the right food for your baby.
And your crazy if you really think that FORMULA will be one day hailed as being better than breast milk!!