Advantages of Breastfeeding
Advantages of breastfeeding your internationally adopted infant are huge, and if you have a desire to breastfeed your baby, I would certainly encourage you to learn the techniques and get prepared before your bring your child home.
But even if you already have your baby at home, you can still teach your baby to breastfeed, even if she is ten months old or older.
But you will need to have patience and enjoy each success as it comes.
The Emotional Advantages of Breastfeeding
The emotional advantages of breastfeeding are huge.
There is research showing that newborns recognize - and miss - their birth moms when they are separated.
Then your baby was either in a foster home or in an orphanage, where she became accustomed to different experiences and hopefully became attached to someone.
Then all that was taken away when you brought her home.
As her new mother, you will need to assure your baby that she can depend on you to take care of her and meet her needs, including her crucial need for food.
With breastfeeding, you can provide her with emotional nurturing and nutritional needs and establish a strong bond.
Even if you produce no breast milk at all, the nurturing will be worth it, but some adoptive moms are able to produce breast milk.
Then, the advantages of breastfeeding are even greater.
Advantages of Breastfeeding and
Eventually produce even small amounts of breast milk, and the advantages of breastfeeding are huge.
Human breast milk will help your baby develop her central nervous system and improve her eyesight.
Breast milk has the perfect amount of fat and carbohydrates to aid her brain functions.
Healing Breast Milk
Other advantages of breastfeeding include protecting your baby from chronic diseases later in life.
Breastfeed your baby, and she is less likely to suffer from celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, sudden infant death syndrome, colitis, Crohn's disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, tonsillitis, allergies, atopic disease and asthma.
The short range advantages of breastfeeding include relief from constipation, fewer ear infections, and protection from skin disorder.
Nurse your baby, and she will be less likely to go to the emergency room or need antibiotics.
To learn more, visit La Leche League's helpful site.
Another helpful source is Breastfeeding Moms Unite.
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More Information on Raising Adopted Children
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Adopted children who are now grown can tell us a lot about how to raise an adopted child. Here are some tips.
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Here are some reasons to avoid helicopter parenting.
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When celebrities like Madonna are raising adopted children, it has an impact on international adoption for both good and ill. Learn how.
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We truly appreciate these precious children and want to raise them the best way we know how. Read more.
Raising adopted children through a permissive parenting style is an easy trap for adoptive parents to fall into, but if you choose to parent your child without rules both you and your child will suffer for it.
Sign language is a great tool for anyone raising adopted children, especially internationally adopted children by providing parents with an easier way of communication during those early days and easing frustration for their child.
Most adoption stories are told from the parent's perspective.
It was truly refreshing, therefore, when I stumbled across the story of one adoptee who reunited with her family in Taiwan.
An international adoption resource to help parents effectively communicate with their newly adopted children was the goal of one adoptive mom when she created Russian for Adoptive Parents and Chinese for Adoptive Parents.
These programs teach parents comfort phrases in their children's native languages. Read more.
Having a learning disabled child is likely, especially if you adopt more than one child internationally or even domestically.
But these children can be just as intelligent and delightful as any other child, although they will have their own unique challenges.
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