IMPORTANCE OF BREASTFEEDING NEW BORN: Breastfeeding of a new born child is very much important both for the mother and the baby. It has been recommended by the medical practitioners that a baby should be breastfed exclusively for six months, no water and no food. Exclusive breastfeeding can save your baby’s life. It is very nutritional and it’s the perfect food for a baby.
The power hour which is the first hour after child birth very important. It is during this hour that mum and child have their first skin to skin connection and the nursing process at this hour will build the mum and baby bond. At this hour the baby needs to be breastfed by the mother in other to create that connection and bond. Another reason why a mum should breastfeed her child at this hour is because the first breast milk that comes out from the mum immediately after child birth contains colostrum which is sticky and yellow white in color. This substance contains essential nutrient and antibodies that help nourish and protect the child. And for the mum, the importance of breastfeeding new born at this time will enable you loss lesser amount of blood and also improve lactation
Another importance of breastfeeding new born is that they learn very fast because at that soft stage, they are well alert and quiet. Making use of their sense organs to observe and memorize their mum’s voice, face and most importantly breast. Once that connection has been created at the first hour, the baby can easy locate and know his mum’s breast. That first skin to skin connection immediately after child birth helps keep the baby warm, helps in regulating the baby’s oxygen saturation rate, heart beat and respiratory and it makes the baby more relaxed.
Now let me give a summary of the importance of breastfeeding new born
Immediately after child birth, it very necessary to breastfeed the child so as to:
- Build skin to skin contact between mum and baby.
- Keep the baby warm and regulate his heart.
- Make the baby use to it and to nurse the baby well for a long time.
- Establish the breastfeeding relationship as babies are well alert at this stage
- Enable the mum release oxytocin which helps in uterine contraption.
- Enable the fast and smooth flow of the milk from the breast
All mum should try to breastfeed their baby immediately after birth and also feed the baby breast milk exclusively for six months.
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