Did you know what you didn’t know?? That a newborn baby’s tummy capacity is equavilent to 120ml (4 teaspoons) of coloustrum / milk. Commonly it has been known that newly born babies were fed a 3-4oz of milk in their first week. I was guilty of that when I first had my eldest daughter. That was back in the day when I was not aware of the great importance of breastfeeding. But Alhamdulilah nowadays clinic and hospitals are fully supporting momma’s liquid gold.
I was listening to a you tube lecture by Owner of Little Ones Malaysia, on how Breastfeeding is sunnah by Puan Rita Rahayu Omar. She has highlighted the most important and essential understanding on how breastfeeding is not just part beneficial for both mothers and babies. But essentially have a religious basis in our religion.
I came to an interesting conversation in regards of extended breastfeeding in Asia and the old wives tale that breastpumps may cause ‘Breast Cancer’. It has been said among Asians to stop breastfeeding when baby reaches 1 year and above because the changes in hormones that makes the baby more aggressive atau apa nya orang melayu kitani. Pelawan. Waahh. When I first heard this I was also stunned. It was an interesting thought that made me wonder and got my fingers clicking to research on the internet. (Loads of information you can get with technology these days) There are 2 hormones in a breastfeeding mother that is; 1) Prolactin known as mothering hormones. This hormones is reponsible for making the mother calm, nuturing and more responsive to their baby. And 2) Oxytocin that is present in the body to help with the Milk Ejection Reflex. This hormone plays a crucial role in the releasing of milk from the breasts. These hormones are stimulated during labor, whereby contrations in labor helps to stimulate and trigger the oxytocin hormone to prepare the body with milk production. These 2 hormones are present in every breastfeeding mother. And when baby hits a growth spurt (when baby demands feeding more frequently than usual at aged 3 weeks, 6 weeks and 3 months and 6 months) Your baby is helping you to trigger your body to make more milk supply and also to trigger your body to gear your body to change the nutritions in breastmilk production to suit the baby’s nutritional needs. Amazing innit?
Now how does the common myth apply to ‘hormonal changes’ that can make babies jadi more aggressive. It has been said that breastmilk can store happy and positive memories in the brain. Do you believe that? It is very interesting when Puan Rita mentioned that in her lecture. In breastmilk is not just nutrition for baby’s physical needs but also secara batin. Ada kalanya ibu kitani mengajar kitani untuk menjaga zahir dan batin kitani and kelakuan kita (kebersihan hati dan menjaga makanan yang baik utk menjaga darah daging kita) It is true that our behaviour and emotions will also transfer to our baby. Notice when you are stress from work baby is also fussy? But exteded breastfeeding can be beneficial to both mothers and child. What is extended breastfeeding? Is nursing beyond the 2 year nursing period.
We all heard that breastfeeding may decrease the chances of breast cancer, cervical cancer and Oestroporosis. Because breastfeeding helps to lower the Oestrogen hormone is known to promote abnormal cells grow. Is it amazing how Allah created the wonders of breastfeeding. And why the encouragement of breastfeeding of 2 yeara period? Because baby’s immune system cannot strengthen itself within the 2 year period. But in just a single drop of breastmilk contains thousands of antibodies that help to increase baby’a defence system and strengthen baby’s immune system. How beautiful Sunnah Nabi kitani. It shows how Islam cares for the well-being of both mothers and child.
Old wives tale that breastpumps may cause breast cancer?
Amazing to see this much of milk from a very small device like this.to help speed the process of collecting milk other than using your hands.
When you continue breastfeeding it helpa to lower the hormones, Oestrogen that triggers abnormal cell growth in the body. However so far I have not read any cases that breastpumps may cause breast cancer.
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