Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for mom and baby. It is a matter of fulfillment and joy for a mother. It provides health benefits as well as a unique emotional experience for infants and mothers too. Breastfeeding is the best decision for a healthy life as it provides countless benefits to you and your baby. Formula feeding babies are less healthier in the first year than a breastfed baby. Have a great deal of evidence that is not breastfeeding increase the risk of childhood disease including obesity, diabetes, ear infections, asthma, digestive disorder and SIDS. At the same way, mothers who do not choice breastfeed for their baby, are at higher risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer Type 2 diabetes, post-partum hemorrhage, and postpartum depression. It also can help your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduce post delivery bleeding. But breastfeeding sometimes can be hard work too.Here has some information for new moms about how to start breastfeeding, go about pumping breast milk, solve breastfeeding problems and begin weaning.
The method of breastfeeding – The best time for start breastfeeding is the moment when you hold your newborn in the delivery room for the first time. For protecting your baby from infection, your body will produce a little amount of special milk called colostrum. A newborn baby’s tummy is very tiny. So at this step, this small amount of milk is enough for him. Then his tummy will grow bigger, and the quality of your milk will change, and you will be able to produce more milk.
Turn your newborn’s whole body toward you, just make it close chest to chest. Now let your baby touch his upper lip with your nipple and when he opens his mouth wide try to pull him onto your breast and hold your breast for support. Baby’s mouth should cover not only the nipple but also the darker part surrounding the nipple called areola. On the other hand, when you have given birth a premature baby, you may not be able to nurse right away. However, you should start pumping your milk, and your infant will receive it through a tube or a bottle until he is strong enough to nurse. Once you get started, nursing should not be painful for you.
You should prepare for your milk to come in. It usually occurs on about the third days of giving birth. At this step, your breasts suddenly increase about double of the previous size. So do not forget to keep several well-lifting bras in your hospital bag.
You have to feed your newborn about 10-12 times in a day. Newborn babies are good at giving hunger signal. He can be rooting around searching for nipple or putting his hand in your mouth which is a great sign of starvation. So feed on demand. When breastfeeding is well established, do not try to introduce a bottle.
As lactation follows pregnancy, chances are good that you already are familiar with the basics rules of sound nutrition. If you earned at least twenty-five pounds during your pregnancy and delivered a baby weighing more than about six pounds, you probably already have a sufficient diet. Now just keep up the good work.
Breastfeeding positions – You have to learn how to hold and support your baby in a comfortable position. A comfortable breastfeeding position can be comfy both for you and for your baby, but the position will change in time to time.
Cardle holding position – This classic position requires to cradle your infant’s head with the crook of your arm. Sit in a chair that has supportive armrests and reset your feet on a small choky or a coffee table to avoid leaning down toward your infant. Now hold your baby in your lap so that he is lying on his side with his face directly facing you. When your baby is nursing on the left breast, rest his arm in the crook of your left arm. To support your baby’s neck, spine, and bottom, extend your forearm and hand down his back. Remember that this holding position is best for those babies those who were delivered vaginally. On the other hand, it is not quite good for a cesarean because they may feel too much pressure on their abdomen.
The cross-over hold – It is different from cradle holding position. In this position, when you are nursing your baby from your right breast, use the left hand and arm to hold your infant. Consciously rotate your baby’s body, so his stomach and chest are directly facing you. Then guide his mouth to your breast with the help of your fingers. This position may work for baby’s who have trouble latching on.
You also can select another working position such as The clutch or football hold and Reclining position when need.
Breastfeeding requires patience a lot. While you are in the hospital ask a nurse to show what to do. When your baby latches on your breast, just pay deep attention to it. Make sure that your baby has covered a big part of areola below your nipple and nipple should be far back in baby’s mouth.
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