Breastfeeding your baby is an experience that no words can truly describe. And I guarantee that most moms who have breastfed their baby will more than likely agree.
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.
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 has added benefits that goes far beyond a baby’s nutritional needs.
Here are some helpful ways to understand why breastfeeding can create a bond between mother and child as well as helping a baby thrive during the very important stages of his or her young life.
Do You Ever Wonder Why Your Baby is so Relaxed While Breastfeeding?
While snuggled close to the breast, your baby can quickly recognize your distinct heartbeat. After all they have grown accustomed to that heartbeat.
Isn’t it amazing that your heartbeat alone can be so comforting to an infant? The soothing sound of your beating heart is all they need to feel calm and protected.
Do You Remember When the Doctor Placed Your Baby on your Belly Shortly After Birth?
If you had a c-section, your baby usually isn’t immediately placed on your belly. In fact, moms who had to have a c-section are likely not to be able to nurse until an hour or two after delivery, usually when mom and baby are moved into a recovery room.
If you delivered your baby vaginally, your doctor will most likely place your baby immediately on you. 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, he or she can feel the love, protection, and security from you. This helps to develop a thriving baby.
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 even 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, comfort becomes a reason behind nursing. Comfort nursing goes beyond providing your child nutrition, it encourages a loving relationship. It soothes your baby and allows your baby to become much more familiar with you. It demonstrates love and security.
Can words describe the bond that breastfeeding created between you and your baby?