Motherhood is the best gift a woman receives in her lifetime. Mother Nature has endowed her with boundless abilities to nurture her baby, the prime among them being the ability to breastfeed.
Unfortunately, there is so much apprehension and myths related to this issue that many, especially the first-time mothers known, as “primigravid” in medical terms, are unable to establish this bond and in turn fall prey to relentless advertisements by pharmaceutical companies promoting infant formulas and in the bargain deprive their babies the chance to survive the odds.
The commonest concerns expressed by a new mother is that she “does not have enough milk”. This is compounded by the fact that the child keeps crying and the elders in the house reiterate this fact and coax the mother to supplement with formula milk. The basic issue here is a lack of knowledge or lack of experience. Adequate counseling and reassurance play a pivotal role.
You or your baby shouldn’t have the following local problems for a successful breastfeeding relationship:
After getting this confirmed from your physician, that these problems don’t exist, the mother should simply be encouraged and taught by an experienced breastfeeding expert, the proper technique of “latching”. She will most certainly exclusively breastfeed successfully and never need supplementation.
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A healthy balanced diet which includes at least two glasses of milk per day is essential so that the demands of the growing baby are met adequately. Unnecessary restrictions are a myth and should not be encouraged.
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At the end, every mother should remember, that every baby is different. Each has his or her own needs and temperaments. With adequate counseling and lots of encouragement and care at home, every mother in this world can “exclusively” breastfeed her child at least for the first four to six months of life, thus giving young and dynamic minds who can later go on to build a powerful and healthy nation.
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