Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. Infants should be fed only breast milk for the first 6 months. Appropriate supplementary foods should be added after the first 6 months. Breast-feeding should be as long as there is breast milk and baby. Breastfeeding is very important not only for babies, but also for mothers to maintain their health. The nutritional composition of breast milk is suitable for the needs of the baby.
- Contains preservatives for baby.
- It contains active enzymes that help digestion.
- It contains factors that prevent infection.
- It contains hormones and growth factors.
- Respiratory and digestive system infections are less common in infants fed with breast milk.
- It reduces the risk of otitis media.
- It positively affects jaw and tooth development.
- It reduces the risk of some chronic diseases.
- It is protective against allergies and protects the baby from rash.
- It helps baby’s spiritual, physical and intelligence development.
- Babies with breast milk cry less.
- It is always sterile, the temperature is ideal.
BREASTFEEDİNG IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR MOMS;
- The risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer decreases.
- It increases the resistance against osteoporosis that occurs in later years.
- It protects the mother from excessive blood loss by helping the uterus return after childbirth.
- It helps to lose weight more easily after pregnancy.
- There is no preparation problem.
- It is cheap.
- Make your baby look for your breast by approaching your nipple so that your baby’s face is facing your breast and the nose is opposite your nipple.
- Wait for your baby to open his mouth thoroughly and take the brown part into his mouth. The sound of a smack while sucking, pulling his cheeks inward indicates that he only sucks the nipple and does not grasp enough breast with his mouth.
- Help keep your nipple with your fingers in your baby’s mouth. Check! Has she filled her breast as much as possible? Is his mouth fully open? Is the chin resting on the breast? Is the lower lip curled out?
- When your baby begins to suck, support your hi head from the back with your hand. Your baby does not constantly suck, there will be short periods of rest after strong sucking movements.
- When you have a physical contact while breastfeeding your baby, you will develop your baby’s sense of confidence.
- When the sucking process is over, your baby looks saturated and happy.
The mother who knows how to breastfeed; there are IMPORTANT FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BREASTFEEDING FOR BOTH MOM AND BABY. THESE ARE;
- The involvement of the baby during breastfeeding.
- Placement of the baby towards the breast: As a result of the placement of the baby towards the breast; damage, pain and cracks occur in the nipples. Breast milk cannot be fully discharged. Therefore, this causes tension in the breasts, mental problems in the mother, and milk production in the breasts decreases.
- Mother’s nipple grip during breastfeeding: The correct grip beats the mother’s fingers on the chest wall and the forefinger supports the breast from the bottom and the nipple.
- Wrong grip holds the mother’s fingers very close to the nipple.
- It should be noted that breastfeeding is finished correctly. (For example, the baby should decide on the end of breastfeeding, breastfeeding should not be stopped without the baby leaving the breast.).
- In wrong applications, breastfeeding can cause problems.