Mother’s First Gift to her Child
This theme was chosen in order to focus on supporting both the parents to be empowered, to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies all around the globe. Breastfeeding is an important and integral part of the growth and development of a child.
Some of the benefits of breast-feeding are
1) It is not expensive
Unlike other formula feeds or supplemental feed which costs a big amount, breastfeeding does not cost money. It is way cheaper and a much more nutritious feed than bottle feed. It is cost-effective and the best option for mother’s or families having a financial crisis as well.
2) The bond between mother and child
Breastfeeding creates a deep and special bond between mother and child. Studies reveal that skin to skin contact enhances emotional and psychological attachment between both. Some researchers have suggested that this phase lays down the foundation for a happy and secure psychological growth of the child in later years.
3) Breast feeding- Natural Contraception
Exclusive breastfeeding has a natural contraceptive effect. The physical suckling of breast stimulates the hormones which prevent the ovulation process thereby acting as a contraception method. During the phase of lactation, Prolactin levels are thus high and these high levels act as a contraceptive.
4) Provides ease and comfort to mother
Proper education, social awareness, support and practice of breastfeeding has enabled mother’s to overcome the discomfort felt while feeding especially in public places. Nowadays, malls, hotels, restaurants, and few other public places have a separate feeding room which provides ease and comfort to mother while feeding. In recent times, even a few corporate houses, workplaces and hospitals have come up with feeding rooms for mothers.
The last-minute run to shops for formula feed is not required. Breastfeeding is hassle-free from washing bottles in warm water, sterilizing and drying them in proper hygienic conditions. Breast milk is always maintained at the right temperature, perfect composition and easily accessible.
6) Avoids sleep disturbances and is time-saving for mother
If the baby is hungry at night, the mother has to wake up and prepare the bottle feed or formula feed that disturbs her sleep whereas for breastfeeding just latching baby to breast promotes better sleep to the baby as well as the mother.
Hence, Breastfeeding is the best feed. Mother’s who do not have a medical condition that contradicts breastfeeding must opt to breastfeed their baby to avail the most benefits.