Healthy Breastmilk

MAKING the decision to breastfeed one’s baby is a personal matter. It is also one that is likely to draw strong opinions from friends and family.
Many medical authorities strongly recommend breastfeeding. But you and your baby are unique, and the decision is up to you. This overview of breastfeeding can help you decide.
What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat. Everything your baby needs to grow is contained in the breast milk. They are all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies. What’s more, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure.
Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. Expert says breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It has been thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well.
Researchers have shown that babies fed with breast milk set sick less and have a lower risk of allergies. They have lower risk of obesity, Types 1 and 2 diabetes, reduced risk for ear infections (otitis media) and gastroenteritis.
They are also on the path to optimal brain development, get nutrients that help strengthen and develop their immature immune system in a way no other substance can. They respond better to immunizations against Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Haemophilus influenza (bacterium that can cause a severe infection).
Baby who are breastfed have optimal oral development because of their jaw movements and nutrients in breastmilk decrease the risk of tooth decay.. They are protected against respiratory infections including those caused by rotaviruses, less likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia or bronchiolitis, and have a decreased risk of lower respiratory tract infections.
Are There Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother?
Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.
Since you do not have to buy and measure formula, sterilize nipples, or warm bottles, it saves you time and money. It also gives you regular time to relax quietly with your newborn as you bond.
The first few days after birth, your breasts make an ideal “first milk.” It’s called colostrum. Colostrum is thick, yellowish, and scant, but it is adequately enough to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Colostrum helps a newborn’s digestive tract develop and prepare itself to digest breast milk.
Most babies lose a small amount of weight in the first 3 to 5 days after birth. This is unrelated to breastfeeding.
As your baby needs more milk and nurses more, your breasts respond by making more milk. Experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively (no formula, juice, or water) for 6 months. If you supplement with formula, your breasts might make less milk.
Even if you breastfeed less than the recommended 6 months. You can add solid food at 6 months but also continue to breastfeed until your baby is two years (24 months).
What Are the ABCs of Breastfeeding?
• A = Awareness. Watch for your baby’s signs of hunger, and breastfeed whenever your baby is hungry. This is called “on demand” feeding. The first few weeks, you may be nursing eight to 12 times every 24 hours. Hungry infants move their hands toward their mouths, make sucking noises or mouth movements, or move toward your breast. Don’t wait for your baby to cry. That’s a sign he’s too hungry.
• B = Be patient. Breastfeed as long as your baby wants to nurse each time. Don’t hurry your infant through feedings. Infants typically breastfeed for 10 to 20 minutes on each breast.
• C = Comfort. This is key. Relax while breastfeeding, and your milk is more likely to “let down” and flow. Get yourself comfortable with pillows as needed to support your arms, head, and neck, and a footrest to support your feet and legs before you begin to breastfeed.
Are There Medical Considerations With Breastfeeding?
In a few situations, breastfeeding could cause harm to the baby. So when you find yourself in such situation, it is advisable no to breastfeed you baby. These situations include:
• If you are HIV positive. There is the tendency you may pass the HIV virus to your infant through breast milk.
• If you have active, untreated tuberculosis.
• If you are receiving chemotherapy for cancer.
• If you are using illegal drug, such as cocaine or marijuana.
• Your baby has a rare condition called galactosemia and cannot tolerate the natural sugar, called galactose, in breast milk.
• And if you are taking certain prescription medications, such as some drugs for migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or arthritis.
Why Soybean is Good for You
Soybean is hailed as the most protective bean. Soy contains 26 percent protein. It has the highest protein content amongst plant products. “Soy protein” refers to the protein found in soybeans. As animal protein contains all the essential amino acids, lacking in pulse protein, soy is often used to replace the animal proteins in an individual’s diet