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The psychological well-being of the child and breastfeeding.


The benefits of breastfeeding has been written and said repeatedly. Mother's milk is both antibodies and lysozyme, protecting the baby from infection, non-allergenic protein, and easily digestible carbohydrates, this is the bifidus factor that accelerates colonization of the intestine with bifidobacteria, it is a hormonal growth factor, these are enzymes that help the baby digest food. However, not everyone knows that mom's milk is intended for her child, since at any given time corresponds to all the needs of the baby in protein, fluids, vitamins, calcium, trace elements and hormones. If the weather is hot, there is more liquid in the milk, if the baby has teeth, the milk will be rich in calcium and phosphorus, and if the child is sick, antibodies (immunoglobulins), lysozyme and immune response cells - macrophages will prevail in milk. And not a single widely advertised adapted milk formula can so uniquely meet the needs of the child, like mother's milk, no matter how “liquid and bluish” it may seem. But the most important and indispensable property of breastfeeding, in my opinion, a doctor and a psychologist, is the creation for the infant of optimal conditions for the growth and development of the physical and psychological, for the realization of his creative and intellectual potential. Let's look at how this happens. When the baby is in the womb, it is connected to the mother through the umbilical cord and placenta. His mother's surroundings are sounds, smells, tastes, touches. At this moment, he is experiencing a state of bliss, union with his mother and with the whole world. Therefore, even after birth, mother is a source of happiness and safety for the child. After birth, the baby is in a new, completely unfamiliar world, which serves as a source of anxiety and concern for him. And only when she was on her mother’s arms, pressed against her breast, especially if her chest and knees are exposed, the child is as close as possible to the conditions of the intrauterine stay. The mother’s olfactory mugs exude the same smell as the amniotic fluid that has surrounded the infant for nine months. Here, the baby can hear his mother's breath and heartbeat, and the milk itself has a taste of amniotic fluid, which the baby swallowed from the 16th week of intrauterine development. Mother's breast for the baby at this moment serves as a link connecting him with his mother, instead of the umbilical cord. And only in such conditions the baby experiences a feeling of reliability and safety. Putting the baby to the chest is the beginning of his relationship with the outside world. And how comfortable and safe the baby felt in the very first months of life, how long he stayed at her mother's breast, determines whether he will grow up as a prosperous, self-confident, responsive person who perceives the world not as a hostile environment, but like a home. Contact with the mother is so important for the baby that nature itself helps him in this: the distance that newborn babies can focus their eyes on is equal to the distance from the eyes of the child to the eyes of the mother; Newly-born children can look at an object for a long time without blinking.
It is known that already in the first hours of life, newborns prefer the face of the mother to the others and distinguish the voice of the mother among other voices around them. And by the sixth day of life, children already recognize the smell of their mother's milk and prefer it. It has been proven that breast attachment is a powerful tool for relieving stress in infants. If the baby is crying from pain or fear, it is worth the mother to give him a breast, and he quickly calms down, forgetting about his grief. Breast sucking is not only feeding the baby, but also experiencing physical and psychological comfort, direct communication between mother and child. Therefore, it is so important not to limit the time the baby stays at the breast and allow him to suck as much as he wants, which means how much he needs. Then your son or daughter will not develop a “bad” habit of thumb sucking, because they will not need a “sedative” remedy that replaces the mother’s breast. If a child has begun to cry, and the mother, on the advice of Dr. Spock, waits and does not approach him, so as not to spoil him, the child gradually becomes confident that it is useless to call for help when you feel bad - nobody will approach you anyway . Subsequently, such a child learns to cope with his own difficulties, and it would not be bad if he had not proved to his whole life that he was strong and that no one needed him. Being already an adult, it will be very difficult for him to create warm intimate relationships in his own family, as he has no childhood experience of love and acceptance. A conviction will be formed in his subconscious for the rest of his life: “since my mother didn’t love me - the person closest to me, it means that I’m really not worthy of love, and all other people will not love me any more.” Such people either all their lives feel like losers, or, on the contrary, they are very aggressive towards others and the whole world. Therefore, it depends on maternal behavior whether the amount of love or the amount of aggression will increase with the arrival of her child into the world. It is not by chance that psychologists say that children who have been breastfed for a long time behave much more calmly in an unfamiliar environment, are more self-confident, make contact with others more easily than their peers fed artificially. It has also been observed that mothers themselves who breastfeed their children are much calmer and more benevolent in communicating with their children than women who are not breastfeeding. This is due to the fact that when the nipple is stimulated while nursing a baby, hormones of "joy" are produced in the mother's body - endorphins, which help a woman to be more good-natured, self-confident and calm. Of course, the baby with affectionate, smiling mother is much more comfortable and more cheerful than with a worried and nervous one. Therefore, dear mommies, do not deprive yourself of the pleasure of close communication with your child, give joy and health to yourself and your baby! And your efforts will not slow down to pay off a hundredfold, you will see the happy and loving eyes of your children! Breastfeeding counselor, psychologist Natalia Evstigneeva
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The psychological well-being of the child and breastfeeding.

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