How Breastfeeding Can Create a Bond Between Mother and Child

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Breastfeeding your baby is an experience that no words can explain.  Most moms who breastfeed their baby will more than likely agree with that statement.

A bond between a breastfed baby and a mother is amazing.  As you snuggle your baby close to your breast, you are not only providing him or her with the best nutrition possible but an indescribable nurturing relationship.

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Have you ever watched a mom breastfeed her baby?  Have you noticed how she feeds her baby and gazes at him or her while nursing?  I realize that there is a lot of controversy over seeing a woman doing something as natural as feeding her baby.  A woman who breastfeeds her baby in public might get those glares and it is possible that some people might even make some hurtful comments.  Moms, please don’t let this discourage you from breastfeeding your baby in public.

Breastfeeding Satisfies More Than Just Nutritional Needs

Many people think that breastfeeding is simply a way to deliver nutrition to their baby; however, they don’t realize that breastfeeding  your has other added benefits that goes far beyond nutritional needs.  Have you ever looked down at your baby while you are breastfeeding?  It is an amazing feeling to look down at your baby and gaze into their eyes for a few minutes or study their face.  Breastfeeding is a way to build a loving relationship with your baby by providing all of their nutritional, emotional, and physical needs.  While you are nursing your baby, they are closely snuggled to you and feel the warmth from your body.

Do You Ever Wonder Why Your Baby is so Relaxed While Breastfeeding?

While snuggled close to the breast, your baby is able to quickly recognize your distinct heartbeat.  After all they have grown accustomed to hearing your heartbeat since the time they were able to hear inside of your womb.   It is amazing that your heartbeat alone can be so comforting to an infant.  When snuggled close to your heart, they are immediately comforted by the soothing sound of your beating heart.  It is amazing how a baby will calm down when they are placed on your chest to hear that familiar sound.

Do You Remember When the Doctor Placed Your Baby on your Belly Shortly After Birth?

If you had a c-section, your baby wasn’t immediately placed on your belly.  In fact, mom’s who had to have a c-section are likely not to be able to nurse until an hour or two after delivery, when mom and baby are moved into a recovery room.  If you delivered your baby vaginally, most likely your doctor immediately placed your baby on your stomach after you gave birth.  If so, did you happen to notice that your baby automatically attempted to crawl towards your breast?  Shortly after birth, your baby has an internal instinct to crawl or maneuver their way towards the breast in search of food and comfort.  In fact, your baby can already recognize your scent by the pheromones secreted by your and your baby is drawn to your breasts.  When your baby is nursing, they feel loved, protected, and secure.  A baby thrives in this type of environment, especially, when they feel secure and loved.

Have You Ever Wondered Why Your Baby Wants to Nurse Often?

A newborn baby will want to nurse often for the first several weeks of their life, in fact, it might seem like all you are doing is feeding and changing your baby’s diaper.  A newborn’s stomach is very small and doesn’t hold very much, especially, during those first few days of life.  As your baby gets older, you will find that your baby might want to nurse for comfort. Comfort nursing goes beyond providing your child nutrition, it encourages a loving relationship, soothes your baby, allows your baby to become familiar with you, and creates a great parent-child bond.  The breast can also be used to sooth a crying baby if they are hurt, upset, or crying for an unknown reason.  Doing so doesn’t spoil your child; instead, it demonstrates love and security.

Can words describe the bond that breastfeeding created between you and your baby?