Breastfeeding baby gives the best start in life

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After the delivery, your next concern should be nursing your baby.

All too many women are discouraged to nurse for any number of reasons.

Even though all milk is white, all milk is not the same. Hence, we will deal with the two main problems with which many women must contend: the quantity of breast milk for baby and the quality of that milk.

These two problems are the main reasons many mothers turn to synthetic formulas. Let’s take them in that order.

“I don’t have enough milk, even after nursing, my baby is still hungry.”

Too often this sets up the wrong solution, namely to give the baby a supplemental bottle. This is wrong for several reasons. The baby’s suckling is an important stimulus to the mothers production of milk.

That should be encouraged even if the baby is getting very little milk. Giving baby a supplemental bottle will further decrease mother’s milk production and also will spoil baby from suckling vigorously at the breast because, as the bottle nipple requires little effort.

Vigorous sucking also helps develop mouth and jaw structure. And it is also vital for the psychological bonding between mother and baby, as well as for giving baby a feeling of security.

The production of milk quantity requires three basic nutrients: the B vitamins, quality protein and calcium. These are found in the wonderful food supplement called brewers yeast.

In her book “Let’s Have Healthy Children” nutritionist Adele Davis quips, “If you take enough brewers yeast, you can make milk come out of the side of a barn.”

In essence, brewers yeast is a byproduct in the production of beer. The old adage, “If you want to have more milk for your baby, drink a glass of beer,” was good advice years ago.

Nowadays beer no longer contains brewers yeast; it is filtered out. But you can still buy attenuated dry-powdered brewers yeast since European breweries still sell it.

To ensure you are getting the real thing, which seems to be one of the few things that really work, look for the key word “debittered” when buying it. If you see that on the label, it should be the real thing.

Unfortunately, “food yeast” or “nutritional yeast” that you find in most health food stores does not seem to work.

There are two other supplements that have a similar but not as dramatic effect: blackstrap molasses and rice hull polishings.

The second problem nursing mothers might have is sufficient milk but baby is not gaining normally. In other words the quantity of milk is sufficient but the quality of the milk is lacking.

Let me reiterate. It may look like milk, it may even taste like milk, but all milk is not the same. Its nutritional quality is directly related to the mother’s diet. This holds true whether we are talking about human milk or cow’s milk.

If a nutrient is not in your diet, it will not be in your milk. Hence, it is imperative you eat quality food and supplement your diet. This does not include soda pop and potato chips, nor myriad other “junk foods.”

I list the important supplements in my book “The Second Dilemma.” It turns out that one of my recommended supplements — the Omega III fatty acids, specifically DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), has now been recognized to be important in the brain development of infants as well as influencing IQ.

At this point, I should mention colostrum, which is the first milk created by mother. It is very important for several reasons. First, it contains a high concentration of nutrients, but of even greater importance is the fact it contains large amounts of antibodies called secretory immunoglobulin (IgA) as well as white cells called leucocytes that protect the infant from harmful bacteria and viruses.

Next, let’s assume that for one reason or another a mother cannot nurse her baby. Should commercial infant formulas in stores be the default?

I say no, for several reasons. First, ingredients on labels easily show that one of the main ingredients is sugar.

Read in my book the chapter on the immune system and you will learn how detrimental sugar is to babies and how dangerous it is to use, especially with newborns.

My daughter adopted her second child literally from the moment of birth. She obviously did not have mother’s milk for he baby and, knowing this beforehand, she asked if I could find a quality commercial infant formula.

After considerable shopping I did not like anything I saw. I was determined to create an infant formula of my own.

Her child is now 8, having used only this all-natural formula for a full year while still supplementing it until the present. The toddler is solid as a rock, and seldom gets sick.

You will find this formula in my book “The Second Dilemma,” available from online book sellers.

If you write to me at ftrapani@charter.net I will be happy to share this formula with you.

Retired chiropractic doctor Francis Trapani’s background includes 41 years of practice plus doing investigative reporting and fitness programs for broadcast media in Hawaii. He has written three books and is working on a yoga self-help manual “The Doctor Prescribes Yoga.” For more information, go to drftrapani.com.

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