Feeding of a baby with his mother’s milk during the first year of his life is called natural. It is the best food for an infant. Baby’s health, growth, and harmonic development depend on the character of the food he receives.
Many women are eager to feed children by their milk. But young mothers are scared of any difficulty; they do not value their pectoral milk and add baby’s mixtures from the bottles. It happens, as they think that there is not enough milk in their breasts, and the baby cries of a hunger. But the child understands quickly, that it is much easier to suck form the bottle than from his mother’s nipple. The result is the decreasing of mother’s milk and a child may possibly have problems with his health in the future.
The Advantages of the Natural Feeding
An infant needs his mother’s milk just as much as fresh air and sunrays. No other feeding is able to substitute it, especially until the age of 4 – 5 months. It has all substances, which protect him from the stomach disorder and from any infection disease. Besides it is always of a necessary temperature and sterile.
Pectoral milk is the best product for an infant. Protein of his mother’s milk (a substance, necessary for the new organism cells development) is very close to the protein of the baby’s body in its chemical compound. All necessary amino acids are present in the proteins of the pectoral milk. It is also rich in fats – a concentrated feeding material that provides a baby with much of energy and warmth.
Carbohydrates in the pectoral milk are represented by the beta – lactose that prevents the growth of the stomach bacilli. This is why kids, who are naturally fed, have indigestions more rarely than those, who are fed by the artificial milk.
Mineral salts are of a special importance for the baby’s organism. Pectoral milk contains Calcium and Phosphorus combination, which is easily assimilated. It provides the normal growth of the bone tissue, this is why kids, who eat their mothers milk grow more quickly and almost do not suffer from rachitis.
And the most important advantage of pectoral milk is the presence of protective antibodies in it. During the first days of his life a little child has very low immunity. Colostrums and then the milk, which an infant receives from his mother after he was born, are active to many antigens. This way a baby receives passive immunity, which prevents the development of an infection until he has his own one. And no artificial milk mixture has any biological factor of baby’s immune system development, as all of them are stranger to him.
Besides that pectoral milk contains ferments and hormones. There are not much of them in it, but they are very important, as the intensive metabolic process is established right after the baby’s arrival and these substances play active role in it.
Technique of Feeding a Baby with the Breast
A baby should eat his mother’s milk right after his arrival. It is very good for the mother and for her baby as well: it helps the uterus to reduce and promotes the milk appearance, and as for the child, his adaptation period becomes easier and shorter.
During three first days after the baby’s arrival, mother should feed him lying on her side. In order a baby takes in his mouth not only the nipple, but a part of breast as well, a woman should raise her breast a little and holding it with her fingers move it close to the child’s lips. Beginning from the 3rd – 4th days after the baby’s arrival, his mother can feed him in a sitting on the chair position, keeping her legs on a low bench.