Breastfeeding: benefit not only to the child, but also to the mother
Agitating for breastfeeding, experts explain why it is necessary for the baby. And the mother herself?
Her body is doing a great job? Or, on the contrary, does a woman lose her strength?
Let’s try to understand.
instructor for breastfeeding and caring for young children, Moscow
Pregnancy, childbirth and lactation are three acts of the play, played by the female body after conception. All organs and systems are set up for a long history in three actions, where everything that happens is interconnected.
Some metamorphoses are prepared by others, smoothly moving from the outset to the culmination and the denouement – the moment when the system that has completed the task is transferred to another mode of life. And now imagine, after the second act of the play, the audience is announced that the theater is closing and they will not see the continuation of the play.
People will experience disappointment, resentment, in other words, stress. And the same state arises in the body, deprived of the ability to do what it was carefully and systematically prepared for.
Breastfeeding has different stages, and each has its own duration. Immediately after childbirth, a period of colostrum begins, milk comes in 3 days, and during the first 1.5 months the feeding process is established, followed by a stage of mature lactation. With the introduction of complementary foods, new metamorphoses occur: the feeding regime changes, milk production slows down and gradually comes to naught.
If the mother tries to jump over the step, hurrying to wean the baby from her chest, then the natural course of events is interrupted. The normal duration of breastfeeding is at least 10 months, and weaning the baby from breastfeeding is best when he is 1 year 3 months to 1 year and 7 months old.
If a woman says she fed the crumb up to 4 months, it means that she has just started breastfeeding.
Because of the sudden interruption of breastfeeding at the outset, the woman’s body is experiencing trauma at the hormonal level, equivalent to a child’s loss. In an effort to make up for the loss, systems and organs are beginning to prepare for a new pregnancy urgently, under stress and over-expenditure of vital resources.
And this condition will complicate and prolong recovery after childbirth.
The phrase “contraction of the uterus” means not only its return to the pre-pregnancy size. After birth, the internal surface of the organ is a wound surface covered with gaping vessels, the remains of membranes, placenta, blood clots.
Those who do not violate the biological plan, this process later starts and does not accelerate, as the menstruation does not resume for a longer, that is, the eggs do not ripen, do not die, and the ovaries get a respite. A young mother who quickly excommunicated the baby from the breast or did not even begin breastfeeding misses the opportunity to give the ovaries respite, dooming them to a rapid depletion of stocks.
A young mother who puts the baby on her breast on demand, but at least 6 times a day, menstruation may be absent for six months. Once the lactation begins to go away, the cycle will be restored.
But no matter how long the period of inactivity of the ovaries lasts, it will positively affect health.
Breastfeeding: prevention of bad formations
Some women believe that by interrupting breastfeeding, they will save the appearance of the gland. Leave the vain hopes: no matter how long you fed the baby and whether it did at all, after 9 months of bearing the breast will look different.
But after a quick cessation of lactation, it is more difficult to restore the forms. As well as guarantee that the gland will remain healthy. Successful and prolonged lactation will help the resorption of the seals, and interrupted at the very beginning - will increase the likelihood of their appearance.
Experienced mammologists when detecting benign lesions in the mammary gland often advise women of reproductive age not to visit a surgeon, but a new pregnancy.