BREASTFEEDING BASICS| FIRST TIME MOMS

Does the idea of breastfeeding make you nervous? As a new mother, breastfeeding can be a little daunting at times. Some of the questions asked frequently by many new or soon to be new mothers are: how do I know my baby is getting enough milk, how often should I feed him, how do I know if my milk has arrived, and should I wake my baby for a feed?

Let’s list some answers to these questions to reassure you.

How will I know when my milk is here?

Your milk is present even before your baby is born; it’s just not quite recognizable as such before you get the full flow. This milk is a thin liquid which is known as colostrum. Colostrum is concentrated and contains all the necessary nutrients and helps give your baby a natural immune system. Mother Nature is a wonderful thing, and she has ensured that for the first few days until your milk comes in, your baby is well nourished with what you are providing. Eventually, over a few days, you will gradually notice a tightening in your breasts, which can only be relieved by your baby suckling.

At first, until your body adjusts to the needs of your baby, you’ll probably notice some engorgement which may be slightly painful. However, this is soon relieved by your baby feeding. Most breasts fed babies like to be fed more often than those who are fed via a bottle. This is because breast milk is lighter than formulae and is digested much more easily. Expect to feed your baby on the breast every 2-3 hours. This is not a hard and fast rule, some babies are hungrier than others so may need feeding more often. Other babies may go slightly longer.

How do I know my baby is getting enough?

Your baby will tell you. If he is hungry he will soon tell you by crying, and it won’t be long before you can distinguish which of his cries means he is hungry, wet or just wants a cuddle!

 
Also keep an eye on his weight, if he’s gaining a few ounces per week, he’s obviously getting enough, and the best ways of monitoring this is to take him to the baby clinic. Also, keep a check on his diaper, if they are nice and wet and there is plenty of soiling you can be assured they are getting enough.

Should I wake my baby for feeding?

You may find you need to waken your baby to feed them on occasion, especially if he is not having 8 feeds within a 24 hour period. New babies tend to sleep a lot and sometimes become so comfortable and cosy they don’t waken when they should for a feed. One of the dangers here though is letting your baby sleep all day and then finding they are more alert at night. A pattern must be set. Little tricks such as changing your babies diapers a good way of waking them. If you find they are missing a lot of feeds, it may be a good idea to have a chat with your health visitor or doctor.
 

Breastfeeding helps in weight loss

 

 When a woman gets pregnant, she gains weight especially with the baby growing inside the womb for the next nine months until the baby comes out. As the baby is born, a new challenge presents itself and that is raising the infant. A mother should start breastfeeding the child for the first 6 months after the baby is born.

When a woman gets pregnant, she gains weight especially with the baby growing inside the womb for the next nine months until the baby comes out. As the baby is born, a new challenge presents itself and that is raising the infant. A mother should start breastfeeding the child for the first 6 months after the baby is born.

Breastfeeding has many benefits for the mother. These are:

It provides time for the mother to bond with the baby giving a sense of security, warmth and comfort.

 

Breastfeeding burns calories making the mother lose the excess pounds gained during pregnancy.

 

This gives time for the uterus of the mother to return back to its original size and stops the bleeding that usually happens after giving birth.

 

Studies have also shown that breastfeeding reduced the risk of cancer in the breast and the ovaries.

 

 

Studies have shown that milk that comes from the mother is the best for babies. This is because the milk that comes out has the right concentration of fat, water, protein and sugar that is needed in the first few months of the infant’s development. It also contains antibodies which protect the infant from harmful bacteria and viruses and helps defend against disease and infection.

Other benefits of breastfeeding which is visible in the future will help avoid becoming overweight or obese and make the infant score higher in IQ tests compared to kids who did not.

 

The first thing that the baby will be feeding on is thick yellowish milk called colostrum. This comes in small amounts that might let the mother think the infant is not getting enough nutrients but rest assured that it is all the baby needs. Newborns are sleepy most of the time and will not cry when its time to eat so the mother must wake the baby every hour or every couple of hours to give it some milk.

 

 

 
A mother should start breastfeeding the child for the first 6 months after the baby is born. This can continue on for about a one year or until such time that the mother thinks that other liquids can already be given.  This can begin a few days after giving birth as long as there are no problems with the baby and the mother.

There are 2 ways to know the baby is getting enough milk in her system.

The first is observing the baby’s weight. Should the infant lose some weight averaging between 7 to 10% during the first few days, the doctors can tell the mother that it is normal and everything is ok.

The second is by keeping track of the number of diapers for the baby. Initial breastfeeding gives out milk on low volumes but is high in nutrients. During this time, the baby will have to be changed a maximum of two times a day. As the supply of milk increases, changing the baby can happen up to 6 times a day and normalise to around 3 or 4 later on.

Breast Milk And Eczema

Is your baby suffering from Eczema? Chances are your baby might have gotten it from breastfeeding. Although there are also other ways that your baby may have contracted eczema, you cannot dismiss the breastfeeding angle as the main cause of your baby’s skin problem. Eczema is a skin problem where the skin can suddenly become red and itchy for no reason at all. In babies, eczema can even begin at around the age of two to six months.

Eczema in babies will often appear as a rosy rash which appears on the baby’s cheeks. Usually, it disappears as suddenly as it came, but if there is any family history of eczema then it can stay until the child is older.

 

 
Some studies show that babies that are exclusively breastfed have a lower incidence of eczema as compared to baby’s fed on processed infant formula. This may prove that babies acquire skin disorders such as eczema from processed cow’s milk rather than natural breast milk. Though recently, there have been some incidents that have cited breastfed babies are also developing signs of eczema. It seems even after experts have eliminated other causes, eczema seems to point out to the mother’s milk as the probable cause they can think of. Why could this be?

 

Although not all experts would readily agree with these observations, eczema in the breastfed babies often does seem to be related to the mother’s breast milk. The reason for this could be due to the breast milk being contaminated because of the mother’s consumption of dairy products.

 

 

It is thought that if the breastfed baby does develop eczema, then by avoiding all dairy products, the mother may prevent her baby’s condition from worsening. Even when she does avoid the consumption of dairy products, it can still take time for the mother to see some improvement in her baby’s eczema.

 

 
A mother should do her best to avoid dairy products as often as possible. She should always take time to read all labels of the foods she is consuming to make sure that they are dairy-free. While eating dairy-free, she should also try to focus on foods that she enjoys eating to minimize her cravings for dairy products.

 

 

A mother should try to make a list of dairy-free food products that she will enjoy eating. Every new delicious dairy-free food that the mother has come to like, she should add to her daily list. It is also important to make sure of getting the essential nutrients needed from other foods now that she is not eating foods from this group.

In treating a baby’s eczema, hydrocortisone cream can be used to treat the baby’s eczema. This cream can help reduce the inflammation and itching associated with such skin problems in babies. Try applying the hydrocortisone cream on the baby after giving him a nice soak before putting the baby to bed. It will help relieve the night time itching that may wake up your baby. Eczema can be avoided in more ways than one.

A breastfeeding mom watching her dairy product consumption is just one way that can help avoid it. Other means are also available so mothers should always take their time to study these things. It would help them a lot in bringing up a healthier and disease-free baby.

Importance Of Breastfeeding

Almost everyone knows that Breastfeeding your baby is one of the best thongs you can do for their development. There is no disputing evidence of this fact because of the enormous amount of research that proves it to be true.
However, many mothers don’t breastfeed and rely on formula milk due to time constraints and either a lack of opportunities to breastfeed or a simple desire to not submit themselves to breastfeeding their baby.
Almost everyone knows that
breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things you can do for their development. There is no disputing evidence of this fact because of the enormous amount of research that proves it to be true.

Therefore the mother should make up her mind before her baby is born how exactly she will be feeding her baby. She can’t start to bottle feed and then change her mind, because the supply of milk soon diminishes if it is not used.

The Benefits Of Breast Milk

The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends the use of breast milk especially for those babies who are born premature or become sick. Breast milk is less likely to trigger any allergic reactions from a newborn baby because not only is breast milk natural, it is also something that is a part of both the baby and his mother.

Another advantage of using breast milk is the huge savings made in not having to buy formulae. Breast milk is free, and it is there on constant demand. Your child will love it, whereas there may be some formulas they take a dislike to. 

Breast milk also contains natural antibodies; these antibodies are passed from the mother to the baby and help to protect him from infection.

Breast milk is very easily digested, because it is so natural, very little of it is wasted, and he is receiving all the nutrients he needs.

Breastfeeding helps the mother lose weight. it uses up calories and helps to trim the figure by pulling the womb back into shape.

If Breastfeeding Is Not Possible

 

Despite the numerous advantages of breastfeeding, there are still some mothers who either choose to not breastfeed, or are unable to do so for specific reasons.

They may not produce enough milk to satisfy the baby. Some mothers can’t produce enough milk and though they may want to breastfeed their baby, their milk supply forces them to stop.

 

are some mothers who hate the pain of the suck reflex when their baby is feeding. Their nipples may swell and become There sore because which makes it even more painful.

 

Many women go back to work soon after delivering their baby; this means they are unable to feed their baby even if they wish too. Very often pumping milk becomes a chore and they opt for formulae.

 

The mother may become ill or have a specific disease which prevents her from feeding her baby; she may be taking specific medicines which would be dangerous for her child.

Whatever the reason, it’s important that mothers are not made to feel like second class citizens if they do decide to bottle feed their child.

 

Breastfeeding  HelpsToddlers

Breastfeeding can begin an hour or two after giving birth as long as there are no problems with the baby and the mother. This should continue on for the first 6 months and can continue on up to one year or until such time that the mother thinks that other liquids can be given. As breastfeeding is very healthy for your infant or toddler, you might want to think about extending the time that you breastfeed by using a breast pump and storing your milk to use in bottle feeding.

 

 
Lately, some people have questioned and believe that breastfeeding can continue on until the baby becomes a toddler. As a baby grows older, multivitamins are given to in the form of medicine to fight against diseases. It has been tested that children who continue to be breastfed tend to get sick fewer times and recover much quicker than children who are longer breastfed.

 

This is because the milk that comes from the mother has the right concentration of fat, water, protein, sugar and antibodies which protect the toddler from harmful bacteria and viruses and helps defend against disease and infection better than any medicine available in the market.

 

Other benefits of breastfeeding are:

It provides time for the mother to bond with the baby giving a sense of security, warmth and comfort and strengthen the relationship between the two.

 

Breastfeeding helps burns calories making the mother lose the excess pounds gained during pregnancy.

 

This gives time for the uterus of the mother to return back to its original size and stops the bleeding that usually happens after giving birth.

 

Studies have also shown that breastfeeding reduced the risk of cancer in the breast and the ovaries.

 

Breastfeeding helps the toddler grow normally and avoid becoming overweight or obese in the future.

 

Toddlers who have been breastfed have shown to score higher in IQ tests compared to kids who did not.

 

Breastfeeding until the child is ready to wean promotes emotional growth. This has been noticed by parents and paediatricians who have seen these children grow up to emotionally secure and independent.
 

Breastfeeding may become a bit awkward for mothers as the infant becomes a toddler. For this, one can still continue breastfeeding with an aid of a breast pump. This may cost a lot or not depending on the model the person wants to buy and if it is done either manually or electronically.

Choosing a breast pump depends on the lifestyle of the mother. If that person is just going shopping for a few hours leaving the baby at home, then it is ok to just get a manual pump. However, if the mother still decides to work even after the child is born then it is best to get an electronic one.

Breastfeeding equipment can be bought in a baby speciality store, the department store or from the hospital. This can also be rented if that person does not want to buy one. This can also be ordered from the internet and shipped to the mother in a few days.

Using a pump to extract milk instead of giving it from the breast of the mother is perfectly all right since the infant is still able to get the right amount of nutrients for the baby growth and development. Solid foods can be combined with breastfeeding using the pump or from the breast as the baby gets bigger. 

 

How To Breastfeed Your Baby?

Most babies are born knowing instinctively how to feed on its mother. If you place a newborn baby’s mouth close to his mother’s nipple, he will seek and search until he can latch on and start to suckle. However, there are other babies who for some reason or other may find it slightly more difficult to breastfeed.

 

Women are not born knowing instinctively how to breastfeed their baby, some may need lots of encouragement, whilst others may take to breastfeeding like a duck does to water.

 
To ensure your baby is feeding properly, you need to make sure his mouth is opened wide enough to get the whole of your nipple in plus a portion of the coloured area surrounding the nipple. If he is unable to do this, he is not latched on properly and may cause your nipples to become sore to the point where they can become cracked and bleeding.

You should use your free hand to support your breast, this helps keep your nipple in the baby’s mouth and keeps it from blocking the baby’s nose.

Your baby can lie in a variety of positions whilst he is feeding, but it is often more comfortable for you both to hold him at your breast by positioning him on his side or his tummy towards you with his mouth in convenient reach of your nipple. Skin to skin contact is an excellent way of bonding with your baby and some experts recommend feeding your baby to start with to remove both yours and your baby’s clothing. 

Sometimes the baby needs a little help to start suckling, if you express some of the milk into his mouth and give him his first taste, it will stimulate him to start suckling.

 

As a rule of thumb, babies who are breastfed usually need feeding between 8-12 times a day. At one time it was thought best to feed the baby by the clock, but now it’s recognised that feeding baby on demand is best.

 
You should always check when your baby is suckling that he is also actually taking milk into his mouth and swallowing it. Some babies appear to be suckling, but when checked that is all they are doing. Obviously, if they do this for extended periods of time, they will not receive the nutrients they need and will lose weight and become dehydrated.

It’s often a good idea to monitor this and ensure your baby receives a specific time at each breast to ensure they are receiving enough milk.

Many new mothers worry them will not produce enough milk to feed their baby. All breast milk contains a chemical called suppressor peptides. These chemicals automatically regulate how much breast milk is needed by the baby, and increases and decreases correspondingly. Even if you express your milk, it will be replaced by further milk and will continue to do so for as long as is needed. Once your baby starts to be weaned and is breastfed less often, your built-in milk supply will gradually start to diminish until eventually, it stops.

 Breast Feeding In Public

The key to successfully breastfeeding your baby in public is to be both organised and prepared.

One of the most important things you must check before deciding to breastfeed your baby in public is to check the local rules, regulations, and customs within your local area. If breastfeeding is not allowed under local laws, or is frowned upon or forbidden under local customs, then think about your actions before attempting to breastfeed in public.

It doesn’t matter that you think you should be allowed to breastfeed in public; its how the law interprets your most important actions.

 

 

Once you’ve decided you’re ok breastfeeding in public then you have to think about doing it discreetly and tastefully. many women think it’s their god-given right to breastfeed their baby in public, and whilst I’m not debating the rights and wrongs of this attitude in this newsletter, I think it’s important to think about the sensibilities of other people who may not feel the same as you do. After all, their rights and wishes should be respected as well.

One of the first things you should do is wear clothing that allows you to gain easy and instant access to your breasts without flaunting them and making it obvious to others what you are doing. Breastfeeding should be a natural thing even in public. As there is a huge range of tasteful designer clothing specially made for “nursing” mothers there should be no problem in finding something to wear that is both suitable and discreet.

 

Additional Tips For Breastfeeding Your Baby In Public Include:

Practising breastfeeding your baby at home in front of a mirror, some women are nervous about breastfeeding in public as they are concerned they will bare intimate parts of their body. Practising at home can be an effective way of reducing this problem.

Waiting for your baby to get really hungry can pose real problems. If your baby is screaming because he is hungry, it can draw attention to both him and you, if you tend to be self-conscious when feeding your baby in public, this will make you feel even more awkward.

 

Instead of ignoring people as they pass you, smile at them. Nine times out of ten you’ll get a smile back, it will also ensure they smile at your face rather than look at your breasts.

Turn away from people when you breastfeed. At the end of the day, breastfeeding your baby is an intimate process not to be shared with others unless they are your nearest and dearest. Drape a pretty shawl around your shoulders or use a blanket to screen yourself from view. This also tells people you view your breastfeeding as a private affair and gives them a subtle reminder that it’s not to be shared.

If you get caught short when you are out, and there is no convenient place to breastfeed your baby its worth a try asking a store manager or someone else in charge if they can provide you with somewhere private to feed your baby. You may be surprised at how accommodating many people can be.

 

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