5 Things you should know about breast-feeding


Breastfeeding can be beneficial to both mother and baby. Here are some facts about breastfeeding! Tell us what you think in the comments section below!
1. Your breast milk is perfectly tailored for your child!
Believe it or not, the breast milk that you produce contains the perfect amount of nutrients. fats and electrolytes ( minerals that have an electric charge ) for your baby! The milk that you produce will change according to whichever antibodies your baby may be currently low on.
 
2. Nursing induces sleep
Many of you must have heard that many babies fall asleep while feeding. But, did you know that nursing helps sleep-deprived mothers to relax too? When a mother is nursing, her body releases a hormone named Oxytocin. Oxytocin has a calming effect that helps mothers to relax while nursing.
 
3. It is completely normal and natural to breastfeed for more than 1 year.
Many of us have the misconception that breastfeeding for more than 1 year is abnormal and can bring harm to our baby. However, in actual fact, it is completely normal for it to happen. According to various studies, research has shown that our ancestors breastfed for an average of 4 years. The World Health Organisation recommends mothers to breastfeed for a minimum of 2 years!
 
4. Breastfeeding hurts initially
No matter which baby you are at, whether is it your first baby or your third, breastfeeding will hurt initially. This does not mean that your child is latching poorly. It is just because, your nipples are not used to someone sucking aggressively on. Press on and give your breast 2-3 weeks for them to adjust and get used to it.
 
5. Be aware of abnormal signs
If you see red blotches or a burning sensation around your breast, do consult your lactation consultant or medical help immediately! This is because, you may be experiencing the symptoms of Mastitis. Mastitis is a inflammation of the breast. If you do not seek professional medical help in time, it may get serious and affect your milk supply!
So these are the top 5 things you should know more about breastfeeding! Do let us know in the comments what you think, your experiences and let us know what we should talk about next!

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