Breast Feeding is the most intimate bonding experience between a mother and a baby. It the natural way to feed your baby which provide best nutrition a mother can give to her baby.
After your baby is born, the very first thing a mother does is feed her baby with her milk. Many new mothers find breastfeeding to be one of the most special aspects of motherhood, as this is the first time they provide nourishment to their baby. Having said that, it’s important to be honest about breastfeeding; although it is a natural process, it can be difficult for new moms.
WHY IS BREASTFEEDING IMPORTANT ?
- It contains essential digestible nutrients for the infant which fulfil their needs. It contains fats and cholesterol which promotes brain growth and provides the building blocks of hormones, vitamin D, and intestinal bile.
- Another important nutrient in breast milk is protein. The protein is easily digested by the baby and is readily absorbed for their growth and development.
- Breast milk also contains infection-fighting antibodies from the mother, and breastfed babies are believed to be at a reduced risk for many acute and chronic infections early in life.
- A breastfed baby generally develops good IQ scores.
- Breastfeeding helps the mother lose weight after giving birth because it requires an average of 500 calories a day.
- Breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.
A good time to begin breastfeeding is soon after delivery, when your baby is awake and the sucking instinct is strong. For new moms it is important to know how to breastfeed properly. Follow some breastfeeding position :
- Cradle hold
1. Sit upright and place your baby on their side across your lap, facing you.
2. Support your baby’s head, back, and bottom with your arm, and then move their face near your breast.
3. When your baby begins to suck, make sure they take enough of your nipple and areola in their mouth to properly latch on.
- Football hold
1. Tuck your baby under your arm (picture the way a football player tucks a ball under their arm).
2. Hold their head and neck in your hand. Let their feet extend toward your back.
3. Use a pillow to support your arm, and use your free hand to direct your baby’s mouth to your breast.
- Side-lying position
1. Lie on your side with your baby on her side, facing you.
2. Position your baby’s head at your lower breast.
3. When their attached to your breast, use your lower arm to support your head.
BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC :
Breastfeeding is a very natural process and every mother does this process. Breastfeeding in public is no ill-legal or it must not be shameful for the mother because baby needs to be fed regularly with intervals. You should not compromise in breastfeeding in public and if you are uncomfortable use some shaded place. Always use covering with some clothes in public.Use nursing pads to help absorb any leakages and avoid embarrassing situations when you’re out in public.
What can be the normal time to nurse the baby ?:
Normal time to nurse the baby depends upon the mother and the baby including some other factors, such as the mother’s milk flow (fast or slow), the milk supply- whether it has come down completely or not, the let-down reflex ,the baby’s positioning, the attention span of the infant (which is usually low).
How do YOU know that YOUR baby is eating enough?
- is satisfied after eating
- has regular bowel movements
- makes 4-6 wet diapers a day
- sleeps soundly
- is alert when awake
- is gaining weight with the time
SOME BREASTFEEDING TIPS :
- A good time to begin breastfeeding is soon after delivery, when your baby is awake and the sucking instinct is strong.
- Proper positioning is important. Use a pillow to support her head, or use one behind your back to make sure you are at ease.
- Newborns need to be nursed frequently (about every two hours), but not necessarily on any strict schedule.
- Don’t give your baby sugar water or other supplements if you feel that you’re not producing enough milk.
- If you are concerned about your baby not getting enough to eat, talk to your doctor.
- If you lack nipples, wait for a week or two to develop it rather than going for artificial nipples.
- Use nursing pads to help absorb any leakages and avoid embarrassing situations when you’re out in public.
- If your nipples do crack, rinse them with clean water after nursing, followed by gentle cleansing.
- Pay attention on the symptoms of breast infection include fever, painful lumps and redness in the breasts. These require immediate medical attention.
- Drink plenty of fluids (6-8 glasses) each day.
- Eat right and get proper rest.