Once you have delivered your baby, you will feel the worst is over. While this is the time that you should be really enjoying getting to know your baby, you should also be prepared for many demands that will be made of you. The most important job of the mother is to feed the baby and help it grow.
Breast milk is the most common form of nutrition for most babies. This is the best food that infants can receive, as it is complete, and laden with antioxidants and immunity building substances. Breast milk can really help build the baby’s immunity and give it good health which it can enjoy for life.
Most mothers who have not had babies before are anxious about how they will feed their babies. They read up on it, and even take classes to get an orientation. This is a natural process, and your baby will also have never done it before. He will still know what to do and be your guide. Your job is to merely take him to the breast.
Babies imitate the suckling action even while they are in the mother’s womb. This can be seen in the ultrasound that the mother takes routinely. This is to prepare the baby for nursing once he is born. When you take the baby to your breast, you will see that he instantly grabs it and starts to nurse. This comes naturally to all children.
If the baby is unable to nurse, try and see that you are holding him correctly, and that he is close enough. Even with their eyes closed, babies fumble and rely on their sense of touch to get to the breast and feed.
Since this suckling is already present while in the womb, it is most important to reinforce the action when the baby is born. This is why it is most important to feed the baby as soon as it is born. Although you may be tired from a difficult delivery, this is vital to allow the natural progression to the breast.
You must remember that the baby has also undergone a lot of trauma during its birth and needs rest, and not much feeding. The action will, however, help it take to the breast and allow you to feed him easily thereafter.