Breastfeeding : The child's first gym!
Your breast milk is that specially curated meal your body makes just for your lil one. It has the right amount of carbs, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins! You develop the ability to produce breast milk while you’re in the end of your second trimester and after delivery it’s the demand and supply chain that keeps this going.
Apart from providing the perfect meal, the umbrella of protection and being every mom’s cardio; the act of breastfeeding does so much for your child’s facial development.
It’s instinctive for a new born when brought close to your breast, to move the lower jaw forward, open wide to latch and seal their lips around your breast. After which the rolling action of your baby’s tongue pushes the breast against the roof of their mouth drawing out your milk. This rhythmic feeding pattern provides the natural molding needed by the baby’s mouth. Not only does it create wide upper jaw but also helps the baby’s lower jaw catch up to its optimum position. Breastfeeding also helps the baby learn the art of suck, swallow, and breathe at the same time, which is necessary for developing a strong airway and healthy habits. It is your baby’s first activity class!
It takes a bit of time for both the baby and mumma to learn this feeding pattern. While everyone has his or her own views and ways to help, but I think the most important thing is SUPPORT. Creating an environment where mothers are hydrated with wholesome home remedies, sustained with care and understanding eyes and welcomed with open arms to choose their way of feeding, is essential.