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Nursing: Now that Baby's Here...
Now you can hold your little bundle of joy in your arms, and the bonding process between mother and baby begins.
The ability to breastfeed your baby is a precious gift - for you and your baby. For the baby, it brings security and maternal warmth. And it makes life easier for you because you don't have to bother with bottles, baby food or sterlizing equipment.
Breast milk is naturally sterile, fresh and perfectly balanced; it comes at the right temperature, costs nothing, and is always available when needed.
According to the research, it also has a positive effect on the development of your baby's intelligence, as suckling helps stimulate the nerve and muscle function. And it protects your newly born against infection.
Children who are breastfed suffer less from diarrhea, constipation, and wind. You should offer your breast to your baby immediately after birth, as its need to suckle is usually particularly strong at this time. The first milk is called the colostrum, and supplies nutrients, minerals and vitamins as well as antibodies.
Here are a few tips on hygiene during the nursing period