Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is an extremely healthy and natural method. In such mammals, every mammal should breastfeed its young immediately after birth.

Breastfeeding should be started as soon as possible after delivery, whether the mode of delivery is normal or cesarean.
Because the baby born after hours of labor is tired and hungry. Other benefits of breastfeeding include:

With the onset of breastfeeding immediately after birth, the postpartum hemorrhage will decrease in the mother.

There are necessary changes in the body of every pregnant woman so that she can breastfeed her baby during pregnancy. That's why every mother has the ability to breastfeed. The important thing is to use this ability appropriately.

There are two things that the mother should do in order to have plenty of milk during the postpartum period: Breastfeeding her baby frequently and consuming plenty of fluids.

In order for milk to come in abundantly and for a long time, the baby should be breastfed every time and frequently.

Both breasts should be used during breastfeeding. It should always be started from the last breast used in the previous breastfeeding.

The most comfortable position for breastfeeding should be chosen and the baby's head and body should be facing the mother.

Breastfeeding should be done not to cover the nipple but to cover the dark colored part around the nipple.

Frequent use of soap in breast cleansing should be avoided.

When babies are born, they are born with enough water in their bodies for the first 4 days of their lives. For this reason, it is not necessary to give water or other beverages from outside until the breast milk is abundant.

Breast milk is the most ideal structure to ensure the normal growth and development of babies. No food or drink replaces breast milk.

Breast milk is protective against diseases. Diarrhea and respiratory diseases are much less common in infants fed with breast milk. It is very important to give “mouth milk” (colostrum), which is the mother's first 4-5 day milk, to the baby. Because mouth milk is almost like the baby's first vaccine.

As a result of unnecessary additional foods, babies can quit breast milk in a short time.

Breast milk is clean and at the optimum temperature.

There is no need to spend money to give breast milk, it is the most economical.

Since the baby is hungry, it is not possible for the baby to cry like waiting for food, as it is possible to give breast milk immediately.

Allergic diseases are much less common in infants fed with breast milk.

No additional food, including water, should be given to babies in the first 4 months, except for breast milk.

During breastfeeding, an emotional bond is formed between the mother and the baby, and it has been found that this trust bond positively affects even the babies' childhood periods.

It has been determined that the risk of breast cancer decreases in older women in breastfeeding women.

Why Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding are Important? Here are 49 Reasons

The benefits of breast milk and the importance of breastfeeding do not end with count. Breastfeeding is an extremely healthy and natural method. Like any mammal, humans should breastfeed their child immediately after birth.

Here are the benefits of breastfeeding, which arise as a result of scientific studies and whose importance increases day by day:

1. World Physicians recommend WHO and UNICEF breastfeeding. Breast milk is a form of nutrition that should be preferred in all newborns, whether premature or sick. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, breastfeeding should continue for at least 12 months, after this period, breastfeeding can continue as an option.

Especially in the first 6 months after birth, babies do not need any additional food except breast milk.

2. Breastfeeding is a special situation for women and provides a strong emotional bond between mother and baby. This bond of trust continues until childhood.

By breastfeeding, the hormone called “oxytocin” is secreted from the mother's body. This hormone is both responsible for the excretion of milk from the breasts and facilitates the recovery of the uterus after birth. It also helps to develop the motive of maternity and ensures a strong bond between mother and baby.

3. Breastfeeding meets the emotional needs of the baby. All babies want to be embraced. Studies show that premature babies that are not held on lap are at higher risk of death. For a baby, no matter how many months old, there is no more comfortable posture than its position during breastfeeding. This is extremely important for the baby's spiritual development.

4. Breast milk is an excellent nutrient for the baby. Breast milk is a species-specific secretion and no other nutrient can provide the benefits of breast milk for the baby.

5. Not breastfeeding increases the risk of breast cancer in the mother.
Studies have found that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer. This decrease is 25% in those who are breastfeeding for at least 24 months. This decrease is more in those who start breastfeeding at a young age.

6. Breast milk is always ready.

7. Breast milk is easier to digest. Babies can digest their mothers 'milk more comfortably than other mammals' milk. The probable reason for this is an enzyme specific to the type contained in breast milk. Although there is more protein in cow's milk, it is harder to digest and babies cannot use all these proteins.

8. Feeding with baby increases the risk of breast cancer in the future of infants. The risk of developing breast cancer in girls in their future lives increases by 25% compared to those who receive breast milk.

9. Breast milk facilitates the excretion of meconium. Babies are born in their intestines with a thick viscous substance called "meconium". Breast milk makes it easier to excrete meconium.

10. Feeding with food is linked to a lower level of intelligence. In the researches, it has been determined that the young people fed with breast milk in their infants have higher intelligence levels than the ones fed with food and show more success in school.

11. Breastfeeding protects against Crohn's disease. Breastfeeding is protective against “Crohn's disease”, a serious bowel disease. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestine.

12. Breastfeeding makes it easier for the mother to lose weight after childbirth. Breastfeeding mothers spend 500 calories a day. This is a factor that facilitates weight loss.

13. Breastfeeding reduces postpartum hemorrhage. While the oxytocin hormone secreted by breastfeeding helps the uterus to contract, it also helps close the blood vessels that are open, thereby reducing postpartum hemorrhage.

14. Breastfeeding makes it easier for the mother's womb to shrink after childbirth. Uterus of mothers who are not breastfeeding can never return to their prenatal size. It always stays a little bigger than before.

15. Pre-term milk is designed especially for preterm babies. The milk of the mothers who gave birth earlier is different from those who give birth at maturity. During this period, milk is similar to the first milk called "mouth", "colostrum" and is necessary for the health of the premature baby. Colostrum, which is a storehouse of antibodies and protein against microbes, is almost a “first vaccine” of the baby.

16. Breast milk contains immune-related substances and facilitates the development of the baby's immune system.

17. The risk of type 1 diabetes increases in babies fed with food. Studies have found that people who drink a large amount of cow's milk during childhood have high antibodies to this milk and this increases the risk of insulin dependent diabetes.

18. Breastfeeding reduces the development of “endometriosis”.

19. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian cancer in the mother. Research shows that breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer in their future lives than those who do not.

20. Breastfeeding increases the risk of endometrial cancer in the mother. Research shows that breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer in their future lives than those who do not.

21. Mama increases the chances of developing an allergy in the baby. Babies fed with food have a higher rate of allergies than those who feed on breast milk.

22. Mama may increase the risk of “sudden infant death syndrome”. Sudden death of babies for no reason is called "sudden infant death syndrome". This risk was found higher in babies fed with food.

23. Breast milk reduces the frequency of ear infections in the baby.

24. Breast milk reduces the risk and frequency of asthma and other allergic diseases in the baby.

25. Breast milk protects the baby against diarrhea.

26. Breast milk protects the baby against "bacterial meningitis".

27. Breast milk protects the baby against “respiratory infections”.

28. Breast milk protects the baby against some types of lymphoma.

29. Breast milk protects the baby against “juvenile joint rheumatism”.

30. Cow's milk is irritant for the intestines (irritant effect).

31. Breast milk is free.

32. Babies fed with food are at a higher risk for obesity in their future lives.

33. Breast milk protects the baby against some “visual impairments”. A study in Bangladesh found that breastfeeding is a protective factor against night blindness in both rural and urban areas. In the first 24 months of the baby's life, the most important source of vitamin A is her mother's milk.

34. Breast milk increases the effectiveness of vaccines. The immune response seen after vaccinations was stronger in infants fed with breast milk.

35. Breastfeeding is a natural pregnancy prevention method. Proper breastfeeding provides protection from pregnancy for at least 3 months.

36. Babies who are breastfed go to a doctor less often. Since babies fed with breast milk are generally healthier, there is a need to go to a doctor less often.

37. Breastfeeding reduces the chances of future osteoporosis in the mother. The findings revealed that bone loss was observed 4 times more in women who did not breastfeed.

38. Breast milk provides better social development. The psychomotor and social development of infants fed with breast milk is significantly better than those fed with food.

39. Breast milk always contains the proper concentration of nutrients.

40. Breast milk is a natural tranquilizer for the baby. Some of the chemicals contained in breast milk help the baby to fall asleep more easily. Frustrated babies calm down more easily.

41. Breastfeeding is easier than preparing food.

42. Breast milk is at peace with the environment. It is environmentally friendly as it does not contain waste materials such as breastfeeding, bottles, boxes, packages.

43. Breast milk is pain reliever. “Endorphins” in breast milk act as a natural pain reliever for the baby.

44. Breast milk is always clean.

45. Breastfeeding is beneficial for the baby's dental health. Sucking from the breast is more suitable for the development of the baby's teeth and jaw than sucking from the bottle. The baby, who consumes 60 times more energy than the bottle while sucking from the breast, has stronger jaw muscles. Teeth emerging in a properly developing jaw become more smooth and healthy.

46. “Reflux” is less common in babies who are breastfed. In babies of nursing mothers, the contents of the stomach escape into the esophagus (reflux) will be shorter and less.

47. Breastfeeding strengthens the mother's self-esteem.

48. Breast milk is always at the right temperature.

49. Breast milk does not contain synthetic hormones, it is completely natural.

How should breastfeeding be done?

  • Breastfeeding should be started as soon as possible after delivery, whether the mode of delivery is normal or cesarean. Because the baby born after hours of labor is tired and hungry.
  • There are necessary changes in the body of every pregnant woman so that she can breastfeed her baby during pregnancy. That's why every mother has the ability to breastfeed. The important thing is to use this ability appropriately.
  • There are necessary changes in the body of every pregnant woman so that she can breastfeed her baby during pregnancy. That's why every mother has the ability to breastfeed. The important thing is to use this ability appropriately.
  • In order for milk to come in abundantly and for a long time, the baby should be breastfed every time and frequently.
  • Both breasts should be used during breastfeeding. It should always be started from the last breast used in the previous breastfeeding.
  • The most comfortable position for breastfeeding should be chosen and the baby's head and body should be facing the mother.
  • Breastfeeding should be done not to cover the nipple but to cover the dark colored part around the nipple.
  • Frequent use of soap in breast cleansing should be avoided.
  • When babies are born, they are born with enough water in their bodies for the first 4 days of their lives. For this reason, it is not necessary to give water or other beverages from outside until the breast milk is abundant.
  • As a result of unnecessary additional foods, babies can quit breast milk in a short time.
  • No additional food, including water, should be given to babies in the first 4 months, except for breast milk.
  • There are two important matters to be considered by the mother in postpartum. One of them is to consume liquid frequently, and the other is to breastfeed…
    In order for milk to come in abundantly and for a long time, the baby should be breastfed every time and frequently.

Op. Sibel Malkoç, MD

Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist

Dr. Sibel Malkoç attended many domestic and international training seminars and congresses during 25 years of specialised physician service.

Pregnancy follow-up, urinary incontinence surgery and laser treatments, genital aesthetic surgery and laser applications and vaginismus treatment are of special interest.

It serves its patients especially in surgical and laser-assisted Vagina aesthetics.

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