by Doyinsola Adeyemi
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to provide young infants with the right nutrients required for their healthy growth and development. This might sound familiar, but it’s important to note that the benefit of exclusive breastfeeding is inexhaustible.
Right from the first month of life to the second half of the first year, breastfeeding has proven to contain antibodies that help babies fight off viruses and bacteria, far more than any formula could. Colostrums, which is the thick yellow milk that is produced by the mother’s breast during pregnancy and immediately after birth, is highly filled with nutrients and antibodies. This milk protects a newborn by giving them a strong immune system.
So, the big question is; how often should an infant be breastfed?
Sincerely, there is no express formula to how often you should nurse your infant, but experts recommend about 7-12 times every 24 hours.
Naturally, breastfeeding should be based on demand in the first month for every infant. Infants show signs of hunger even before they could express other emotions. The possible signs vary from ceaseless crying, restlessness, sucking of the fist, smacking lips, rooting etc. Interestingly, a baby can never be over breastfed.
Unfortunately, few women have low milk supply – not being able to produce enough milk for their infant, but the good news is that this is treatable. Rather than self-medicate which puts both the mother and child at risk, it is advised that you speak to your doctor if you feel; you have a limited supply of milk for your baby.
Adjusting to motherhood can be challenging, but do you know those precious skin-to-skin moments can be soothing to you as well as to your baby? Research has also shown that those moments also enhance mother-to-child sharing. Motherhood is fun! It is a task that made provision for all you need already. Make sure you enjoy yourself while doing it.