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Breastfeeding and planned economy of

my mother nursed me till 5 months. In 3 me milk began not to be enough, and in my menu porridges appeared. My mother-in-law fed the son till 6 months. After each feeding it was decanted on half an hour, as a result suffered from a laktostaz and the hardest mastitis. When in half a year my future husband refused a breast, breathed sigh of relief. The women feeding children about one year among acquaintances of mother`s age there are units. And here my great-grandmother fed each of 10 children till two years, and at that time kids - bottle-fed babies were a big rarity.

Experience of our mothers reflects views of pediatrics of the middle of the 20th century. Then it was recommended to feed strictly on hours, the deviation for 15 minutes was considered inadmissible, and the hungry pause was ordered at night, “that the ventricle had a rest“. Heart-rending shouts of the baby were not taken into consideration - the mode is the mode. Some compassionate mummies tried to deceive the child the boiled or sweetened water. And at that time almost all children sucked a baby`s dummy that though somehow to satisfy the sosatelny instinct.

All this

does not promote a lactation. At night, especially, between 3 and 8 hours, more Prolactinum, the hormone which is responsible for milk is produced. At this time our beloved mothers tried to rock to sleep us, losing a full-fledged dream. The principle worked: one feeding - one breast, an interval between feedings of 3,5 hours, as a result each breast “had a rest“ within 7 hours. The brain received a signal: “milk is not required“ and slowed down production of Prolactinum. It is not surprising that soon the kid lost a mother`s milk at all.


as means of increase of a lactation offered decantations “to a last straw“ after each feeding. Together with a signal “milk is not demanded a long time“ the signal “milk arrived is not enough“. On such constants (!) stresses the organism is not calculated. Easily there were laktostaza leading to mastitis. Besides, regular decantation in itself significantly reduces feeding term a breast as the organism is not able to work constantly very hard.

And the beginning of breastfeeding did not promote that this fine period in life of the woman and child proceeded smoothly and without serious consequences. Was considered that colostrum is an unripe milk, a so-called third grade which should not get to the child`s mouth. The kid was brought only on third day if there came inflow. At a breast it was recommended to hold the baby no more than 20 minutes, and in the conditions of maternity hospital it was rigidly regulated. “Experts“ considered that during this time the child manages to gorge on, and to hold at a breast of the full child, means to encourage overindulgence and in general “there is nothing to accustom to hands“. Two days of the baby are not present with mother. “Something happened? The child died? Milk is required or not?“ - the organism guesses and cannot be adjusted on full feeding.

our great-grandmothers who were born before revolution had everything differently. Knowledge as the baby were from time immemorial imparted to feed yes to foster. Hours any were not, put at once after the birth, to be decanted nobody thought. Lived big families, exempted young mothers for six weeks from a household that the child to Tit got used, and mother has a rest and gained strength. Then already, at the adjusted lactation, mother was engaged in economy, having put small in a mouth the crumb wrapped in a rag, analog of a modern baby`s dummy. Children were tried to be fed longer, then believed that it can save from repeated pregnancy.

Why our mothers did not have this knowledge? How, so many centuries were stored and suddenly became puzzled? Just our mothers had other knowledge hammered by it into the head authoritative people, the Soviet scientists and doctors. The belief in the printing word was so strong that paralyzed maternal intuition.

A from where these most Soviet scientists took this knowledge? Any researches on this subject especially were not conducted. To conclusions that, for example, it is impossible to feed the kid at night because it harms his gastrointestinal tract, just there was no place to undertake! On the contrary, centuries proved the return.

In practice everything is much simpler than

. In the Soviet state it was focused on artificial feeding! The woman was mother in the second turn, in the first she was the productive worker, and long idle time was economically unprofitable. Specialized institutions - a day nursery have to be engaged in education of children. Schemes of introduction of feedings up paid off on children - bottle-fed babies therefore juice was offered to be entered nearly from three-week age as mixes cannot fill a lack of vitamins. Also pediatricians insisted on the child`s dopaivaniye water while the children who are on natural feeding in it do not need if the air temperature and body temperature within norm.

Strangely enough, but the similar situation developed also in the capitalist countries, especially in the United States. Feminization of society led to the fact that many mothers seek to transfer quicker the child to the nurse and to come to work. The contribution in a wide circulation of refusal of breastfeeding was brought by the advanced industry of baby food. Does not rescue from deep impact of advertizing even what on each can of dairy mix is without fail written: “breast milk - the best food for your child“.

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In one modern American book such thought recently:“ Modern promotion of breastfeeding can force mothers who feed children in the artificial way, to feel like bad mothers. You should not pay attention to all this promotion“.

give Further arguments pro feeding by a breast and contra.

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Milk is always available to

, the necessary temperature and is sterile.

the First 6 months of the child protect the antibodies which are contained in milk from some infections.

Breast milk costs cheaper, than artificial.


Mother will not be able to define

how many the child drank, without being weighed.

the State of health and nervous system of mother influences amount of milk.

Usually glands adapt to production of necessary amount of milk, but if the additional dose is required, they will not always be able to provide it.

Some medicines (for example, the antidepressants accepted at a postnatal depression) can be transferred together with milk.

Apparently, arguments contra it is more, and they “are simply farfetched“. Arguments are pro reduced to availability and low cost, and that breast milk the liquid, unique on the structure, which is ideally adapted for each specific child is not told at all. Certainly, you should not consider yourself as bad mother if breastfeeding did not take place, but at the same time you made everything from you depending.

Sometimes we simply do not have

knowledge of how to adjust a lactation, and mothers and mothers-in-law will not be able to help with it, without having the positive experience. Unfortunately, the modern pediatrics costs at the same level. The scanty salary frightens off many young specialists, and old doctors are very conservative. But fortunately, in many cities of Russia consultants for breastfeeding appeared. Exactly thanks to it I still feed the kid. Sincerely I wish you the same.