Breastfeeding!

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Little baby out the womb

Cuddle, cradle and you croon

Hold the tiny baby close

And feed them milk, you must know-

Within an hour or ASAP

Give them colostrum, ’cause this be

The very first gift from mother to child

Saving from infections- serious and mild.

Colostrum the first milk thin

Full of nutrients, immunoglobulin

Think of it as first vaccination

Adding breastmilk to the equation

Really boosts development, growth

Breastfeeding exclusive for first 6 months so

The baby grows in body and mind

And soon enough you shall find

The baby attaining all milestones

Stronger in mind, flesh and bone.

 

Now that benefits of breastfeeding you know

You may wonder how to go

About this whole breastfeeding thing

Well, at first you just bring

The baby close to your bosom

(And they’ll be more than willing to come)

Hold the baby upright, support them and then

They can latch better and when

The chin touches breast, lips outward on the teat

And their tiny nose is free to breathe

Make sure to feed from one breast

For long enough, 15-20 minutes, lest

The baby misses out on foremilk or hind

And the mix of nutrients in each kind.

They’ll feed then to their heart’s content

And sleep sound as they’re meant to

On a belly satisfied

Quiet until the next time they cry.

 

Go on then for first months six

Give them breastmilk, do not mix

Anything else into the diet, exclusive

Breastmilk, this will be conducive

To a happy, healthy baby, smart

After 6 months give them their part

Of food from the family pot

And continue breastmilk, as you ought

To up to two years of age

By now I’m sure you must have gauged

How it aids immunity and strength

But I’ll have you know really the lengths

To which it really helps prevent

huge issues later like diabetes and cancer

Former in the child, in mother the latter.

So little baby out the womb

Cuddle, cradle and you croon

Hold the tiny baby close

And feed them breastmilk, now that you know.

 

(This poem was originally published in www.lexiconin.com/uncategorized/to-mother-newly-born)