“Breast milk has many benefits” is a common phrase, which we get used to hearing from many people, but what are the benefits of breast milk and why is it so important? Why do some women find it so difficult to breastfeed? Learn the answers in this article.
BENEFITS OF BREAST MILK
Why is breast milk so important? Firstly, it is important to note that breastmilk is inserted in a much broader context than “only” nutrition, ie breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is very important in the creation of the emotional attachment of the mother and the baby, and also because of this it must be promoted.
In addition, the benefits of breast milk are also undeniable, including:
a) High quality proteins , in which alpha-lactalbumin is highlighted that will influence the production of neurotransmitters and hormones responsible for regulating appetite, mood and baby’s sleep cycles.
b) Fat , where the omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids that are essential for the defense of the body and the neurological development that the baby can not produce are highlighted.
c) Lactose , the main carbohydrate in Breast milk (80%) and also oligosaccharides that will promote the healthy intestinal flora of the baby.
d) Antioxidants .
e) Growth factors , which promote intestinal development.
f) Digestive enzymes (such as amylase and lipase): by starting the digestion of the nutrients themselves, they make them better and more easily absorbed by the baby.
g) Functional compounds such as white blood cells (already active and ready to “fight” any infection that may arise) and antibodies, which although not directly contribute to the baby’s nutrition, are important for their immune strengthening, particularly important while the baby is not yet has its own defenses.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BREAST MILK CHANGES OVER TIME?
In addition to the benefits of breast milk, this is not always the same, that is, it has the admirable ability to go changing over time to keep up with the baby’s needs throughout their growth.
This adaptation does not happen with the formulas, where you never get the optimum amount of each of the nutrients (despite the high quality work that has been done by the industry in the area).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING FOR THE MOTHER?
In the benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, in addition to affective issues and also more practical and economic, include:
REDUCTION OF HEMORRHAGES AND POSTPARTUM INFECTIONS
Taking into account that breastfeeding stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin, which, being responsible for the contractions of the uterus, promotes constriction of the vessels and uterine involution.
REDUCING THE RISK OF SOME TYPES OF CANCER
Like cancer of the breast, ovary and endometrium (tissue that lines the uterus).
Taking into account that breastfeeding stimulates the production of the hormone prolactin which in turn stimulates the enzyme responsible for the decrease of adipose tissue (fat).
WHY DO SOME WOMEN FIND IT SO DIFFICULT TO BREASTFEED?
There is a belief that breastfeeding is natural and innate for a woman, however, it is important for mothers to know that not exactly so.
Although not too complex a process, there are many factors that can contribute to this difficulty: complications at birth, inverted nipples, nipple pain (cracking or cracking), mastitis, poor baby positioning, emotional instability (being very important the support of the companion).
In addition, there are many preconceived ideas, myths and opinions from outside that can increase the mother’s anxiety. So, the main thing is to stay calm and secure in your role of mother (do not doubt yourself!), Clarify before the birth with specialized professionals and also look for yours to the stage of breastfeeding.
WHEN IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO BREASTFEED …
There are also problems such as extreme breast engorgement, hypogalactia (decreased secretion of breast milk), some serious infection requiring medication, rare metabolic diseases in the baby (such as phenylketonuria), which may actually lead to the mother not being able to breastfeed.
These are exceptions, but if they happen, you should not feel less like a mother. You will continue, with professional support, to give and do your baby the best, and it is important that you continue to promote skin-to-skin contact and moments to two.