And finally, she was born, my unique baby! – I thought, bringing my daughter for the first time to his chest. Now, for a period of time, I will mostly belong only to my daughter.
I was set up to breastfeed, because it is so important in the first minutes to establish a full relationship with your baby. Doctor’s advice, advice from mothers and girlfriends are helpful, but sometimes contradictory. What to believe?
In our age, many mothers easily leave breastfeeding, insisting that using mixtures in which the content of vitamins and microelements is balanced can more fully satisfy the physiological needs of the child for food.
But after all, at the very beginning of life for a child, feeding is not just food. This is a way of communication and knowledge of the world. The child was cut off the umbilical cord at birth, but … an invisible psychological umbilical cord will exist for many years.
It is impossible to convey emotions when you attach a baby to your chest. At this moment I give the opportunity to my girl to feel, her love, under the throb of my heart she eats, sleeps and dreams. She gets used to my hands, to my smell, sight, the timbre of my voice.
To drink or not to drink?
The baby does not just eat, she adapts to the world, learns to interact with him through me. Breast milk baby needs. It will make the baby more resistant to infections, safe from gases, from the need for early feeding of mixtures.
My friends advised me to take the baby, but after looking at the literature, I abandoned this idea, at least not as long as necessary. In breast milk, mothers have enough liquid to meet the needs of the baby.
Therefore, I did not brew the child. I know that if you crush a crumb, it will be worse to suck milk. In the child’s brain, the centers of hunger and thirst coexist, and when drinking, impulses are transmitted to both centers.
If the baby will drink a lot, he will eat less, which means he will get less nutrients. In very hot weather, the child can be given clean drinking water that does not contain any additives. Please leave the advice of grandmothers and neighbors, like water needs to be sweetened. These adult tricks are not suitable for children.
Sometimes doctors insist that the child should have a strict feeding regimen. But the question immediately arises – how can a stranger know which regime my child has – with a 2- or 3-hour break?
Even in the first days of our co-existence, it was not possible for me to understand which mode the daughter had, and it was completely unknown to a stranger, even a pediatrician. Therefore, I decided at first to rely on the baby itself.
I carefully responded to her natural feeling of hunger, and after a couple of weeks, the baby herself developed her own regime, which also became a support for me.
I fed my daughter for almost a year, and this is a great joy for me. After all, with a drop of milk, I gave her all my love and care. And it is so important for mother and child to feel each other!
And how did you get breastfeeding: with problems or enough milk?