BREAST FEEDING BENEFITS – BIRTH OF A NEW MOTHER
Women undergo many physical changes from pregnancy to breast feeding (birth of the child) & menopause. These stages have different impact on physical and mental health status of women. The journey from pregnancy to post delivery is the most over whelming experience for the mother to see the little bundle of joy after a testing nine months of pence with utmost care taken in terms of food (Nutrition) and proper rest.
However post pregnancy when the baby is born, the new mother attends to the baby’s needs first as this is quite natural and the baby takes the top most priority. The baby’s nutrition is provided by the breast milk which contains all the nutrients in required proportion and at the right temperature
Breast Feeding is an important medium of communication between the mother and the new born .Since the new born until now was at the comfort of the cozy mother’s womb, the warmth of the mother is achieved during feeding the baby.
Feeding the baby initially requires to be done every 2-3 hours which may include the night hours. This indicates that the sleep cycle in terms of timings may often be disrupted. But the quality of sleep is actually IMPROVED.
- The science behind this is during breast feeding, a sleep inducing hormone called prolactin releases in to the blood stream faster and easier after a night time feeds.
Postpartum depression is a serious mental health condition that affects an estimated around 40% of women who have recently given birth.
Post Partum often is referred to as “BABY BLUES” which often experience disturbances in appetite, energy and sleep. Often it also causes mood swings, bout of emotional stress which can be relieved in a simple technique called BREAST FEEDING.