Mammary glands are one of the defining features that sets mammals - such as us humans - apart from other creatures in the animal kingdom. These are basically modified sweat glands that are in the breasts of both men and women. It’s these amazing milk-producing glands that allow moms to nourish infants.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that breastfeeding comes naturally to all moms. It takes practice to get just right. And although we know that breastmilk is the most complete source of nourishment for your baby’s growth and healthy development, it has numerous other benefits for the mother too.
Top Breastfeeding and Bottle-Feeding Tips
- Take it easy and make a little room for trial and error.
- Find a comfortable spot to nurse and relax into it. This will mean that you’ll need to anticipate your baby’s needs and feeding habits.
- Hold your baby comfortably in your arms while feeding. Help it to get comfortable gently and easily. It will take a little time for the milk to start flowing so you’ll have time to get it right. Practice makes perfect.
- Place your nipple onto the soft pallet at the back of your baby’s mouth and avoid letting your tot clamp onto your breast with the upper hard pallet. A good latch onto the nipple helps your baby from sucking in too much air for better reflux and will also help prevent sore and cracks nipples.
- Apropos, tend to sore and tender nipples by avoiding abrasive fabrics and sterilising often. Opt for natural cotton and avoid underwire bras. A little leaking of milk is to be expected too.
- Let your baby drink as often and as long as it would like. Try not to limit feeding times and rest assured that you’ll produce enough milk.
- Remember that your baby will want to feed a lot in the beginning. It’s very important to make room for your own nutrition too. Plan and ask for help in addressing your own nutritional needs too.
- Many moms have flat or inverted nipples. A few may suffer from mastitis. Don’t pressurise yourself too much. Speak openly to your healthcare professional or reach out to a support group for guidance. Help is often just a phone call away.
- Remember that you can expect to feel a little overwhelmed in the beginning. Your body is working hard to snap back into shape and find hormonal balance.
- If you’ve had a C-Section or Epidural, your milk may come a little later and it might prove to be little more challenging in the beginning. Try to get baby onto breastmilk as soon as possible or as recommended by your healthcare practitioner.
Just when you think you can’t anymore, ponder the miracle and these benefits and perhaps try again. You see, experts say that you should start breastfeeding within one hour of birth, and then continue exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months before slowly introducing nutritionally adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods from then on.
Here’s why breastmilk is so important:
- Helps protect your baby from infection - breastmilk contains antibodies that can be absorbed through its intestines.
- Helps reduce your baby’s risk of disease now and later in life - its proven to help with managing Type 2 Diabetes, Childhood Leukaemia, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Cardiovascular Health, Obesity and Allergies.
- Helps you lose weight gained during pregnancy.
- Helps to strengthen the bond between you and your baby through intimate contact.
- Lowers your risk of Postpartum Depression, Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer.
Breastmilk is made by the nutrients in your blood and not directly from the food you that you eat. This means that your baby will still receive optimum nutrition and all the essential nutrients even if you don’t.
Breastmilk is an extremely complex liquid that varies in composition from mother to mother, due to your genes, diet, lifestyle, health and lactational stage, and will provide complete nutrition to your baby.
It is made up of 87.5% water and provides carbohydrates, fats, proteins and minerals which are uniquely tailored to your baby. It therefore provides all of the energy and nutrients that your baby needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life.
However, to stay healthy, you’ll will need to add an additional 500 nutrient rich Kcal to your diet a day. These should come from whole foods - the more natural the better. Avoid refined carbohydrates and opt for lean, protein rich foods fortified with Vitamin D and Calcium. Optimum hydration is vital, so avoid dehydrating beverages such as alcohol completely and limit caffeine intake from coffee, tea and Green Tea to two cups a day for at least the first three months. Alcohol and caffeine peaks in your breastmilk for two to three hours after consumption.
Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic is a unique, 100% natural mineral supplement. It can be taken whilst breastfeeding to support both you and your baby. It is a natural marine based supplement that contains 78 bioavailable minerals and trace elements. It is directly absorbed by your cells; creating equilibrium within the body, aiding cellular repair, supporting digestive health and immunity.
This should be combined with ultra-pure, plant-based Omega 3, 6, 9 which will help you and baby on numerous levels. Omegabiocell369 + Vitamin E from Cellnutrition contains the highest concentrated dose of 100% plant-based, ultra-pure Omega-3, 6, 9 fatty acids isolated from a unique mixture of four plant oils. It will help with your baby’s cognitive development; keep you hydrated for longer and help in mood stabilisation for some of you who might experience the Baby Blues.
Diaper rash? Dry skin? Healing from a C-section and worried about scarring? Consider using Cellnutrition Dermo Spray. Like our other products, it’s 100% pure and natural and contains all the elements needed to keep skin healthy and can be used on wounds to promote healing too.
Breastfeeding expert Pamela K. Wiggins said it best, "Breastfeeding is a mother’s gift to herself, her baby and the earth.” Truth. The statistics prove it too. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF have proven that scaling-up breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life can prevent 20,000 maternal deaths, 823,000 child deaths and GB Pounds 240 billion in economic losses annually.
Although these statistics are alarming, we say to each their own and extend a hearty welcome to the world little one and congratulations to all new parents on creating little miracles.