Now, one realization/observation my research confirmed was that, many women don’t feed their babies well, some don’t even feed them at all, whiles others do but for a short period. Some also don’t feed their new born babies with the breast-milk that comes in the first week or two because they think that first milk which come is not good and may affect the child. I stand to say that it isn’t true in any way.
Proper breastfeeding must be done exclusively and continuously for the first 6months of delivery, starting from the first day. Meaning, no other food nor water should be added to it, only the breast milk is enough and contains every other nutrients the new baby will need. The first milk that comes is called colostrum. Many at times most parents suck this colostrum and spit them away, paving way for the proper one they think it is for their child, others also squeeze the breast and allows the breast-milk to spill out. It a bad practice if you have been doing so or knows anyone who does so or planing to do so.
*If then, what is this* *colostrum* ? Colostrum is the sticky yellowish fluid that the breast produces right after birth, before the milk comes into the breast. The body starts colostrum production during the last few months(2-3) of pregnancy as it prepares the breast for lactating. Colostrum is highly concentrated and is easy for the new born immature system to digest, it main function is to protect the baby from infection, by coating the baby’s intestinal tract and acting as a barrier to prevent the invasions of harmful bacteria. Colostrum functions as a laxative, helping clean out meconium ( *dark greenish black Tommy* *stool* ) that the baby’s intestines forms before birth, helping reducing the incidence of jaundice in the newborn.
Failure to giving may prevent the child from removing that toxic from the system, and upon removing, wouldn’t be able to remove all, which will eventually set the child prone for intestinal bacteria disorders whiles growing and later in life.
Is one of the ways of getting ulcer later in our life.
TO BE CONTINUED. STAY TUNED.
BY: Alt, Dr. Eric. A. Mensah.
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