Like every year, the first week of August celebrates breastfeeding around the world.
Today, breastfeeding of infants under six months of age is reportedly only 40% globally.
To breastfeed or not to breastfeed, that is the question you ask yourself. And it’s not an easy choice. We will therefore try to give you some information to help you in your thinking.
Here we go for a quick overview of breastfeeding and like 7 days in a week, we are going to cover 7 key points. Original no?
# 1: WHO recommends breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months
Beneficial for infants :
- - Covers all the needs (vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements, sugars, fats, proteins);
- - Protects against infections or diseases (gastroenteritis, ear infections, allergies ...);
- - Promotes good digestion;
- - Faster psychomotor development.
Beneficial for mothers :
- - Accelerates contractions of the uterus, which returns to its place more quickly after childbirth;
- - Reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer as well as the risk of osteoporosis;
- - Help to find the line;
- - Extends the emotional bond.
N ° 2: White gold: give breast milk
Breast milk is very useful for premature infants: to prevent certain complications: infections, ulcerative necrotizing enterocolitis, retinopathy.
“Any woman who is breastfeeding and wants to donate can do so. A small bottle of 100 ml of milk per day for 15 days is enough. "
To be able to donate milk, you simply have to meet 4 conditions: be in good health, non-smoker, not have received a blood transfusion and have negative serology.
The lactarium provides all the explanations and the necessary equipment: breast pump, bottles ...
The surplus milk is frozen and given to the lactarium teams.
“The milk collected is pasteurized and controlled: bacteria, viruses and fraud detection. "
The milk is then distributed to neonatal departments on medical prescription.
N ° 3: Some disadvantages
- - Breastfed babies eat more often because breast milk is digested faster;
- - For the same reasons, despite the soothing effect of prolactin, the breastfed baby often needs a meal at night. Result: he usually sleeps a little later;
- - Certain drugs / treatments should be avoided while breastfeeding;
- - A baby can become fussy, have difficulty sleeping or develop gas: it is sometimes necessary to limit the consumption of certain foods: spices, citrus fruits, cabbage, coffee, canned cooked tuna / fish, alcohol.
N ° 4: Milk evolves!
Nature is well made and the body adapts perfectly to baby's needs.
At the end of the feeding, the milk is fatty and acts as an anti-reflux stopper. This is why it is advisable to completely empty one breast before switching to the other. Most of the time, 1 feed = 1 breast and we alternate.
In addition to changing during breastfeeding, the milk changes over the weeks. For the first few days, the milk is slightly laxative and helps Baby get rid of the impurities in his tummy. Then it continues to evolve around 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months to adapt to the needs of the growing baby.
N ° 5: The father's "place"
Most of the time, the choice to breastfeed or not depends on the question of the role of the father during this experience. Will he be able to find his place? Won't he feel too excluded while feeding?
The father has a real role during breastfeeding, different from that of the mother but just as important! Many women said they needed more support from Dad during this time.
"Sweet words, tender gestures, facilitate logistics, get babies to drink, carry and change babies while mom goes back to sleep, etc." "
It is also possible for the father not to fail to feed his child and to give the bottle thanks to the breast pump!
N ° 6: Responses to preconceived ideas
- - "I have too small breasts. "
All women can breastfeed, regardless of the size of their breasts, except in very special cases.
- - "It will damage my breasts." "
No, it is mainly pregnancy and the accumulation of fat that affect the breasts. Age and smoking are also linked to reduced elasticity of the skin.
- - "Breastfeeding is tiring. "
No, a breastfeeding woman goes back to sleep more quickly in deep sleep after feeding, thanks to the action of two hormones: prolactin and oxytocin.
- - "Breastfeeding hurts. "
The first days, the breasts can be very sensitive or even painful. But breastfeeding doesn't have to hurt. If this is the case after several days, do not stay with his pain and consult a health professional.
N ° 7: Resources to go further ...
To find out more, we invite you to consult the VanillaMilk application, a useful platform for serene breastfeeding. We share the idea that breastfeeding is a personal choice and sometimes difficult. It is important to do this with full awareness, according to your own feelings, and not according to the surrounding pressure that may weigh on you. Listen to yourself, get informed, trust yourself, and everything will be fine!