Your body is able to produce breast milk in accordance with the needs of the baby at each stage of its development. Understanding how milk production “turns on”, what happens to milk when you feed your baby, and why the production adjusts to his needs as he grows, will help you start this amazing process correctly.
First day: milk production at birth
The baby is usually ready for breastfeeding from birth. When he grabs his chest and begins to suck rhythmically, the cells that produce milk “turn on” and the formation of the first breast milk, colostrum, Continue reading
During breastfeeding, there is no need to adhere to a special diet, the main thing is that your diet is balanced. It should include a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, such as oats, brown rice, various cereals and bread marked “whole grain”, “from wholemeal flour” or “from wholemeal flour”. These foods, along with potatoes, pasta and couscous, contain a lot of starch – an important source of energy.
In addition, you need lean proteins, which are rich in chicken, eggs, legumes, lentils, fish and lean beef, as well as healthy fats found in olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados and in fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel. Fatty fish is very beneficial for your health and baby’s development, but you should not eat Continue reading
Breastfeeding is a serious burden for the baby. This process involves 40 muscles in the lips, tongue, jaw and cheeks, as well as six cranial nerves1 to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing.
If the baby has congenital disorders or diseases that affect the functioning of these muscles or nerves, he may not be physically fit for breastfeeding or may not receive enough milk during feeding. But this does not mean that your baby should be deprived of extremely healthy breast milk. Moreover, the protective properties of milk and the beneficial substances in its composition are even more necessary for children with special needs. Continue reading