Breast milk or Liquid Gold is the best nutrition for your baby. The theme of World Breast Feeding Week this 2022 is to encourage all stakeholders to enable mums to feed their babies anytime, anywhere.
Each animal makes milk which is appropriate for their own young ones, and this milk carries Great Value. For humans, milk is produced in the breast and so breast milk as it is popularly known is the liquid gold for the human baby.
Endorsement of such unique & universally available free baby food is celebrated as “world breastfeeding week “every 1st to 7th of August since 1992.
In line with communication of the 1990 & thereafter in a declaration about breastfeeding, there are 8 ways to celebrate, a breastfeeding week, to show your support and create awareness.
- 1. Find the right bra fit.
- Participate in the Global big latch on weekend 6 to 8 August)
- Share Your “Brelfies (breastfeeding selfie)
- Thank Nursing Mom.
- Find Time to Rejuvenate.
- Talk About Your Breastfeeding Experience.
- Join a Local Breastfeeding Class or Support Group
- Feed your baby.
To create awareness, find time to reach out when somebody needs help. We need to talk about the breastfeeding experience.
It is important to understand, why stress is on the human breast milk. Nature has made provision that every mother’s care is just right for her baby.
Thus, cows’ milk is just right for the calf, goat’s milk for baby goat, lioness milk for the Lion cub, cats milk for a kitten and the list goes on, ending with human milk is for the human baby.
What does liquid gold offer?
It contains hormones and antibodies to fight infection.
It had just the right amount of protein sugar fat and vitamins for the Infant to thrive.
It offers the foundation for lifelong good health.
For a mother, breastfeeding drives lower anxiety, increased bone strength, decreases heart disease, and decreases breast cancer risk. It is also important to understand that the baby should breastfeed within the first hour after birth.
Baby doesn’t need to be taught like all other animals, how to latch on. When a just-born baby is kept on the mother’s abdomen or tummy, the baby moves or crawls towards the breast and latches the nipple & sucks the breast milk.
The more the number of latching, the more breast milk. It is a demand and supply system.
Baby unless ill or needing any extra medical care should be allowed to be kept next to the mother. This posture maintains the physiological stability of the baby with respect to temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate.
There are enormous benefits to breastfeeding for mother as well as child.Let’s see the benefits for the baby first.
A breastfed baby develops well
It has a good bowel movement
The least probability of jaundice
Happy & cheerful baby as breastfeeding is aptly right to the stomach of the baby.
Stabilizes baby’s blood sugar.
Now the most obvious question that arises in mind is, if a baby who is in NICU, will lose out on the liquid gold? Of course not. Mother nature has generous ways to offer the same benefit.
The mother can express milk using her hands or pump and this milk which is, derived can be delivered to NICU.
Breast milk can be handed over to the nurse in charge, or, it can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. The sister in charge makes sure that the baby receives the milk.
Finally, we need to understand that breastfeeding does not cause, loss in our figures. In contrast, breastfeeding leads to happy moments, connecting mothers to healthy and satisfied babies.
This is why, you will see that even a poor woman who has a completely nourished baby, is lean and healthy.
Breastfeeding develops the physical, and emotional connect with the baby. Nevertheless, a lot of awareness needs to be created for nursing mothers as well as the places in public to be marked as breastfeeding-friendly structures. Male partners should actively participate in the same practice.
So, love your baby, breastfeed your baby, and encourage the future generations to promote and push for breastfeeding.