Healthy and Nutritious Food from the Start
Towards Lifelong Healthy Life
Breastmilk Is Best Start in Life!
...Feeding your little one in a healthy way from the start not only promotes normal growth, but lays the foundation for healthy growth and healthy eating habits for lifetime.
...Breastfeeding provides a natural defense against allergies and infections. Breastmilk contains a unique mix of fatty acids, lactose, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other important “factors” that combine to make the perfect infant food. It has everything a baby needs for easy digestion, brain development, healthy growth, and protection from illness.
For the first six months of life, your baby needs only breast milk.
It has been scientifically proven that people who eat generous amounts of the season's fruits and vegetables strengthen their immune system, have better digestion, and have a lower risk of the effects of lead, anemia and other serious diseases. These can include: obesity, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, stroke, hypertension and heart disease.
Breast milk would appear to be the most ideal food for your newborn.
Breast milk is the food least likely to cause allergic reactions, it is inexpensive, it is readily available at any hour of the day or night; babies accept the taste readily; and the immunity factors in breast milk can help the baby fight off some infections.
Breastfeeding is good for the mother too.
The baby's sucking releases hormones that contract the uterus, helping it to return to its normal size more quickly. Women who breast-feed lose weight more quickly after birth. Breast-feeding provides contact between mother and baby that builds their relationship. It is very economical compared to the costs of buying formula. Also, women who breastfeed have a lower chance of getting breast and ovarian cancers and of developing osteoporosis.
Before your baby is born, learn as much about breastfeeding as possible.
Ask for the classes available at your hospital or the WIC program, and ask for reading material from your physician during your prenatal care. The more information you have about nursing before you begin, the more confident you'll feel about it once you start. Remember that confidence, comfort, and relaxation are three keys to successful breastfeeding. Simply put: the more confident and comfortable you are, the more relaxed you are, the easier it is for you to produce milk.
When can breastfeeding begin?
Breastfeeding can begin from he first time you hold your newborn in the delivery room within minutes after birth. The first milk the mother produces, called colostrum, is the best food for a newborn and rich in nutrients and antibodies. In those first few days it is extremely important to breastfeed your newborn at least 8-12 times each 24 hours, and more often is even better. This allows your baby to get all the benefits of the colostrum and also stimulates production of a plentiful supply of mature milk. Frequent breastfeeding helps the uterus contract and can help stop uterine bleeding also helps prevent engorgement.
...During the first few days of nursing your newborn, you'll want to make sure he's establishing a solid latch, which is essential for successful breastfeeding. To make sure your baby latches on to your breast properly, hold your breast with your free hand and gently touch your baby's lips with your nipple. When the baby opens the mouth, center your nipple in baby’s mouth, and bring your baby closer to you.
...The more you nurse, the more quickly your mature milk will come in and the more milk you'll produce. Nursing for ten to 15 minutes per breast eight to 12 times every 24 hours is pretty much on target.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough to eat?
Keep track of your baby's wet and poopy diapers. If your baby has...more
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