Appendix From "The Homoeopathic Physician's Guide to Lactation"
As human milk is "species specific", breastfeeding is the natural and most beneficial way of feeding your baby, and most mothers are able to produce enough breastmilk to satisfy a baby's needs. Feeding your baby breastmilk has many advantages:
- The milk has all the nutrients needed by your baby for the first 4-6 months
- The milk is always at the right temperature for your baby to digest
- The milk contains a range of protective factors that promote your baby's good health
- Breastfeeding helps a mother's womb to resume its normal shape faster
- Breastfeeding is very economical and convenient
- Breastfeeding increases the bond between a baby and its mother
Your breastmilk may come in quickly or gradually after the birth. As the supply is affected by the amount of stimulation given to the nipple by the baby's suckling, the mother of a sleepy baby may find that her milk will come in a few days after the milk of a mother of a more wakeful baby who nurses often. During the first few days following the birth, the breastmilk is quite yellow and creamy looking and is called colostrum. As it contains vital fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and proteins (as well as antibodies to all the diseases with which you have come in contact during your life), it helps to protect your baby from infection. The initial milk is gradually replaced during the next two weeks by mature breastmilk, which is a watery grey-blue colour.
All pages in this section come from the Appendix of my book The Homoeopathic Physician's Guide to Lactation. Permission is given for this information to be downloaded to assist mothers who are having problems with breastfeeding just so long as acknowledgement of authorship is maintained.