Did you know that over two million babies could be saved every year if breastfed within one hour of birth? Did you know that mothers who breastfed were 50% more protected from rheumatoid arthritis? Did you know that YOU as a partner could help by creating a comfortable and stress-free atmosphere around the breastfeeding mother? Did you know that breastfeeding is the most important responsibility of a new mother?
As you all know, I was done with breastfeeding a while ago and now I just keep on encouraging new moms to breastfeed their babies because I was shocked to know that some people actually treat breastfeeding like it was an unwanted traditional custom. I am not the traditional type either but when was caring for your baby traditional?
There are several perks and pains of breastfeeding. But on account of the approaching breastfeeding week, let me give you some pros on the same. After you have given your baby your precious colostrum (which you should NEVER EVER throw away), the benefits of breastfeeding do not stop there. Breastfeeding for at least one year, helps to build your baby’s immunity, helps in the baby’s development and helps the baby bond with the mother.
Yes, our lifestyle and our work stress and timings force us to wean the babies off sooner than they should. But there are various ways you can work around it and make sure your babies get the maximum they can. So, how do you continue feeding your baby successfully despite your need to work or travel?
Breast pumps! Personally, I made good use of my LuvLap breast pumps after both my deliveries. I found that it was a blessing that such a device existed in the first place. So, here I’ve curated the 5 benefits of using a breast pump, which may help a breastfeeding mom:
1. Double Nipple Practice: The babies tend to have trouble during weaning off time so expressing your milk and feeding them with a spoon or bottle will get them used to other ways of having their grub without compromising on the breast milk.
2. Available breast milk while away: I left my one month old baby behind for one whole day due to some work and my mother easily managed with the feeds because I had pumped my milk and kept it at my little one’s disposal.
3. Avoids sore and cracked nipples: This was the blessing I was talking about. When I had sore nipples, my breast pump came to my rescue. I would pump and feed continuously until I was ready to get my nipples chewed on again.
4. Pumping produce more breast milk: Initially I was not aware of the electric pumps so I started my expressing journey with a manual one and found it very comfortable. Eventually, I found that the more I pumped, the more I produced. It worked for me!
5. Storage in extra containers: The extra containers (that came with the LuvLap breast pump) with screwable lids were apt to store my milk even in the fridge. So I would freeze it for a couple of days until my baby needed it.
Keeping in mind the advantages of breastfeeding, hope the above helps you find ways to delay, weaning your babies off, as much as possible. I suggest you give your babies as much mother’s milk as you can. You will realize the plus points in the long run. Trust me. All the best mommies!