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The Process of Producing the Breastmilk in Women
Many women in the world choose to breastfeed as food to feed their newborn babies. Certainly, there are conditions wherein you can breastfeed your newborn peacefully without any fuss is only if you deliver the baby naturally i.e., vaginal birth. The brain gets the message that the baby has been delivered only if you can give vaginal birth. And the brain also secretes the oxytocin hormone to start producing milk. But many women could not be able to feed their babies due to premature delivery or poor latching.
In the case of a c-section delivery i.e., caesarian delivery most of the women wouldn't be able to produce milk naturally since the women would not feel any pain and the brain does not get any message of delivering the baby. So the oxytocin hormone is supplied through saline and it takes 2-3 hours for the milk to start producing. The milk that comes after inducing the hormone into the body would not be enough or there will be less milk supply. Many women would not be able to satisfy babies' hunger through their breastmilk. So to prevent the excessive crying of the baby, it is fed with the formula feed in most of the hospitals. And also due to the pain in stitches, and heavy back pain, women cannot breastfeed exclusively.
It is said that milk production is improved by latching the baby every 2-3 hours, consuming foods that are galactagogues. Even after following these two techniques, if the milk production does not improve, the doctor suggests tablets and powders which help in more milk production.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Breastfeeding
- Breastmilk is available whenever the baby needs it. It takes time to mix the formula milk and is also difficult to manage for every two to three hours. So, breastmilk can be offered as soon as the baby starts crying due to hunger.
- It protects the baby from most infections and diseases.
- It reduces the jaundice rate in newborn babies.
- It gives the proper nutrition that the baby needs for good growth.
- It also helps mothers to burn calories.
- It helps in proper brain development and functioning.
- It also helps in creating a beautiful bond between the mother and the baby.
- Inconvenient for working women as feeding should be done every two to three hours.
- Might be painful when there are sore nipples, cracks in the nipples, and bleeding in the nipples.
- Breastfeeding becomes very uncomfortable for new mothers since it is hectic to feed the baby day and night.
Tips for Comfortable Breastfeeding.
- The first and foremost tip is, don't use bathing soap to clean the breasts. Using bathing soap will crack the nipples which might cause bleeding in the nipple area and that leads to more pain and uncomfortable during breastfeeding
- Usage of nipple shields is recommended if the nipples are flat or if the baby is not able to latch.
- Using a feeding pillow while breastfeeding is more comfortable since it prevents the mother from bending and holding the baby for a longer time while feeding.
- If the woman is not able to breastfeed due to certain conditions, breast pumps can be used to express the milk. Breast pumps are available both in manual and electric types. It is more helpful for working women.
- Due to heavy back pain, women cannot sit and feed the babies all the time. You can lie down comfortably beside your baby and feed. Which also helps the baby to fall asleep.
- Keep the shoulders straight to avoid fatigue in the shoulder area.
- Always seek the help of your partner or parents if you are feeling uncomfortable.
The Formula Feed
Many women cannot produce milk or cannot produce enough milk for their babies. Also, in the case where a c-section is done initially, the babies are fed with formula feed since the mother is not in a condition to feed the baby due to heavy pain of the stitches and drowsiness.
But many women refuse to feed their babies because of the fear of gaining more weight and change in the shape of the body. Most of them choose to formula feed their babies which can cause many problems for both the mother and the baby.
Doctors always suggest using formula feed if the mother fails to produce milk or if the woman does not want to continue with the breastfeeding. Formula feed can only be useful when the woman fails to produce milk. Breastfeeding is the most important food that impacts the immune system of the baby throughout its lifespan. Breastmilk contains a tremendous amount of nutrition that no other milk or formula can replace. Formula feed can only eradicate hunger and also it can help the baby to gain weight. But nothing can beat the products which have been processed so naturally.
Formula feed shall be given only in case of emergencies such as, if the mother is sick, if the baby is premature, and if the mother is not producing milk. Otherwise, it is not a smart choice to formula feed the babies which might impact them lifelong with the lower immune system.
Formula feed is not given much importance because it contains many chemicals and milk solids which might damage the little digestive system of the baby. So, awareness about breastfeeding has been created everywhere to avoid damaging babies' health.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Formula Feed
- Is helpful when the mother is sick and not able to feed the baby.
- If the baby is born prematurely.
- If the woman fails to produce milk.
- If the woman is working outside, formula feed is used.
- Used as a nighttime feed if the mother is not willing to feed at night.
- Does not provide enough nutrition, calcium, and carbohydrates to the babies since it is not naturally made.
- The formula has to be mixed with warm water which will get delayed and the baby may cry excessively due to hunger.
- Contains chemicals, palmolein oil, and milk solids that might damage the baby's immune system.
- Needs frequent sterilization of bottles which might not be convenient all the time and also requires more effort.
- Does not create a special bond between the mother and the baby.
- The formula powder and the bottle-feeding equipment are the added expenses.
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