Human milk is a 3 course meal : Breastfeeding Week |

Human milk is a 3 course meal : Breastfeeding Week

Today most women are head driven than emotion driven. Everything needs to be questioned and sometimes women even forget about their gut feelings. As a matter of fact, when humans think of milk, they think of cow’s milk, which looks different, has a different composition and usually comes in bigger quantity then breastmilk. But human body works differently. Animal babies are born mature but human babies are born immature. While animal milk is made to give the babies energy for strong muscles, human babies need a lot of elements to develop and grow physically and so the milk is different in composition. Human milk is very special. It looks different compared to animal milk and it is ever changing, tailor made and living. It has so many living components, necessary for the growth and development of the baby.

Coming to the duration of each breastfeeding, the first few days an infant normally feeds 10 to 12 times in 24 hours. In this phase, the feeding time is shorter and the amount is small but fits perfectly to the baby’s small stomach. Also remember, it is important that your baby clutches to your breast and feeds often in this duration to initiate lactation. The more the baby breastfeeds in the first days of his life, the better the initiation of lactation. “Breastfeeding in the first few days is not only feeding your baby food but it also helps in retraction of the mother’s uterus,”

How many times have we heard that a lactating mother should eat for two? “A mother should eat what she is used to eating. But I would suggest that she should not try new food. There is no special diet needed during the breastfeeding period. There could be times when the baby doesn’t like one of the foods you ate, so observe that- he/she will let you know. Leave that food item for 2-3 weeks and then have it again. The digestive tract of the baby becomes mature over time and is ready for new eats.”

Bringing up a child isn’t easy and equally tough is feeding a child. Breastfeeding is a learned behavior for both mother and baby and sometimes it takes a while until it gets easy doing. Agreed, it can be taxing but extremely rewarding too at the same time!

Most smart working mothers store their breast milk for the baby. But there are some basic rules to follow. Pumped breast milk should never be left at a room temperature, it needs to be stored in the refrigerator immediately. If you want it to last, you can store it at the bottom back of the refrigerator for 3-5 days. In case you want it to last for 3 months, freeze it (less than 18 degrees).

The right way to warm breast milk which comes out of the refrigerator is to warm it in a water bed which does not exceed 40 degrees. Heat destroys all the useful ingredients of the breast milk. Therefore, you should never microwave it or boil it.

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