You are the best support for your partner!
You might not always feel it but studies prove:
A women who is encouraged by her partner to breastfeed, will breastfeed longer and with greater success.
You see, your support is very valuable. The WHO (World Health Organization) even recommends breastfeeding during the first 2 years of a baby’s life. At the latest at 6 months old, baby will start eating “normal food” as well, but this doesn't mean that a woman has to wean. It is highly recommended to continue nursing. But how come, that a baby needs the human milk so long?
Every day “custom made”
Babies’ demands are different from day to day. For this reason a woman’s body is able to produce always exactly the milk, that is the best for the baby on this certain day.
A mother of a preterm baby will produce a fat- and amino acid rich milk, to allow the baby to grow faster.
On a hot day the milk contains more water, and if the baby gets sick, the mom will be exposed to the virus/ bacteria as well - and the baby gets the suitable antibodies with the meal.
Also mom benefits from breastfeeding
After weaning a woman will even be healthier. Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer risk sinks for the rest of the life, if the mom has breastfed six to 24 months throughout her reproductive lifetime. Also the risk of heart diseases and osteoporosis sinks.
Cheap and cheerful
As long as the mother is close to her baby, and nursing works fine, her milk is quickly available, at the right temperature and consistency. You won’t have to buy bottles and teats, and after the meal you don´t even have to clean up. For this reason breastfeeding moms will also get more sleep.
Why it is important, that a baby needs the human milk so long
Breastmilk is built so complex, it can´t be rebuilt. It is only about 20 years ago, that thanks to modern techniques we started to find out, what human milk really contains.
Antibodies, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, lymphocytes, and even little cells, that work like natural antibiotics are to be found in it. So, our milk is literally alive!
Babies that get breastmilk are not as often sick, as babies that get formula milk.
The antibodies that the milk contains help the baby to fight off infections, and studies have shown that the risk to suffer from infections sinks. If a breastfed baby gets sick it will get better faster.
Here are some numbers that are found from several studies compared to babies, who get breastmilk, other babies have a higher risk of
- ear infection: 178 % extra risk
- a stay in the hospital because of respiratory infections in the first year: 257 % extra risk
- constipation: 32 % extra risk
- sudden infant death syndrome: 56 % extra risk
- necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm babies: 138 % extra risk
Breastfeeding protects the baby from diseases, and this is not only during the time that the baby actually receives the milk.
Even at the age of 60 years your child will benefit from the breastmilk. Diseases like diabetes, heart diseases like coronary and some forms of cancer are less common. The longer the better is the name of the game.
Bacteriae, which are transferred from the mother to the child, help to develop the babies stomach lining. This helps the little one to resist contaminants and infections, also later on in their life. The risk of chrone disease or ulcerative colitis sinks.
New studies suggest, that breastmilk contains a unique composition of fatty acids, that help the brain to develop. A lack of those acids can lead to a low intelligence. Of course, those acids are in the formula milk as well.
But a women’s body can adjust the amount of every single fatty acid to the baby’s needs.
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Breastmilk - a brilliant invention
Not long ago, we didn't know about what breastmilk can do for our health. Many people know, that breastfeeding is good. But how fascinating the facts are, and how important this valuable elixir really is, is still new to many people. This is why midwives and breastfeeding consultants are working on spreading the information.
However, I am aware that in some cases breastfeeding does not work for mom and baby, and it is good that we have a replacement, so no baby nowadays has to starve in this country. I am thankful for that, and happy to help bottlefeeding moms with all questions coming up.
Breastfeeding needs practice, and not always everything goes like it was planned. In hard times it is good to have somebody by your side, who reminds you that it is worth working on and that the problems in the first 3-4 weeks will not stay for the whole time the baby will be nursed.
Also it helps women to hear, that the partner supports breastfeeding and wants to help wherever he can. Great that you are informing yourself on this page about breastfeeding! Sometimes it feels like the baby is only breastfeeding all day long. Then it helps to understand, that this will help the mom to produce more milk, and does not necessarily mean that the milk is not enough. The more a mother nurses her baby, the more milk she will have.
How can you support your partner?
In the beginning, when all is still so new and time to practice is needed, you can help by showing lots of understanding. Tell your partner, how much you approve that she keeps on trying, and how good it is for your child that it gets the good milk. Go to the grocery store and make her something to eat.
Often in the first weeks many people want to say hello to the new family member, which can be stressful for mom and baby when they still need time to practice. Then you can help by trying to keep the visitors stay short. They will understand when you explain that in a few weeks they are welcome to visit again.
When your partner wishes to get help with the breastfeeding, encourage her wish, because getting help is showing strength, you´re not giving up!