Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Very First Food
Breast milk is the perfect first food for babies. Not only does breast milk production adapt to meet the baby's needs (not only in amount, but also in nutritional makeup, such as fat content) and provide amazing protective factors, but it also transmits the flavors of the mother's diet to the baby.
William tasted his first milk (well, colostrum, but we'll skip some details) no more than two minutes after birth. He was placed naked onto my chest, and we gazed at each other, both of us beginning the dance of hormones and love that is baby/motherhood. He knew instinctively to seek out food. Newborns are amazing creatures, full of inborn skills and knowledge!
Did he taste the chocolate soymilk that was the last thing I consumed before active labor made me nauseous? Or the spicy chili I had eaten the day before with the hope of speeding things up? I guess I'll never know, but to me these are fascinating questions!