Conception, Birth & Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a universally accepted means of optimal nutrition that promotes a baby best survival, growth and development. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond with adequate complementary feeds. While emotional support by family, society or hospital or government policies are crucial, one of the most significant impact on initiation & establishing of breastfeeding is how Breastfeeding is planned during conception & how birth has been supported.
Breastfeeding can be a powerful and compelling experience for a mother and her family no matter how different their conception experience maybe — Natural Conception, Assisted Conception such as IUI or IVF, Surrogacy or Adoption. Planning for Breastfeeding can differ depending on whether the conception is natural or assisted.
Breastfeeding preparation following Natural or Assisted (IVF) Conception:
During pregnancy mothers wish to prepare to welcome their baby and ensure they spend enormous amount of time into researching and organizing their home and family to make way for a comfortable beginning of a family. Often breastfeeding is not on the research beyond just basic reading of the importance of breastfeeding or amazing benefits of breast milk. Here are some of thought to consider and prepare for a head start in breastfeeding:
Planning your birth
One of the most crucial aspect of natural progression of birth into breastfeeding is ensuring the experience of the birth to be as gentle and as supported as it can be. For breastfeeding to initiate naturally the following factors appear to be crucial during labour & birth:
Creating a support system:
Invest in Baby Wearing:
Instead of designing a nursery for the baby, mothers find it helpful to invest time and preparation in learning to baby wear in fabric slings. Baby wearing can be an easy way to meet babies need for warmth, closeness and breastfeeding. A hand free of caring for a baby can enhance early motherhood and reduce mothers fatigue and overwhelm.
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