‘Exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as other foods are introduced, with a continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.’
When To Start Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms
It is important to Breastfeed your baby as soon as you can after birth. During pregnancy, your body produces the baby’s first milk, this is called colostrum. As you breastfeed, colostrum decreases, and breast milk increases.
To breastfeed successfully you need to:
- Get support from family, friends, breastfeeding support groups, health professionals
- Do some research during pregnancy so you know what to expect when baby arrives, there is an abundance of information available about breastfeeding
- Eat a healthy diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding
- Drink plenty of fluids, water is best. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Ensure you get enough rest. Try to rest or sleep while your baby is asleep
Why Breastfeed Your Baby?
It is also an important part of the reproductive process to breastfeed your baby as it provides the baby with ideal nourishment for growth and development and is important for the health of mothers. Breastfeeding has been found to provide health benefits to both the mother and child.
Breastfeeding can reduce infections in babies, boost a baby’s immune system and prevent obesity. Mothers can also benefit from breastfeeding because breastfeeding can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.
How to Start Breastfeeding ( Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms)
- Relax and make sure you and your baby are both comfortable. If you are relaxed it will make the process much easier. Your baby will sense if you are anxious or tense which can cause problems when trying to put baby on the breast.
- Hold baby in a position you are comfortable with and will not cause you to get sore arms or a sore back. If you are sitting the use of a nursing pillow can help to support your baby.
- Hold baby close with their chest against yours. When attaching baby always bring baby to the breast not breast to the baby.
- Baby’s top lip should be level with your nipple. Hold your breast using a ‘C’ hold with your thumb & forefinger and point the nipple towards baby’s nose. Touch baby’s lip with the nipple and express a little milk. When baby opens his or her mouth wide bring baby quickly and gently onto the breast. Ensure that baby’s mouth covers the nipple and as much of the areola (the darker area around the nipple) as possible. Baby’s chin should be tucked into the breast and his or her mouth should be wide open with the bottom lip curled back.
- Keep baby’s body close to you as this will allow the gap between his or her nose and your breast to widen a little.
- If you have a premature baby, you may not be able to breastfeed immediately. However, you can express your milk using a breast pump and baby can be fed through a tube or a bottle with this milk until he or she is strong enough to breastfeed.
How Often Should You Breastfeed Your Baby
- Babies need to be fed often. Feeding on demand allows your baby will let you know when he or she is hungry. In time you and baby will develop a routine for feeding which will change as baby grows according to his or her needs. During growth spurts you will find that your baby feeds more often, this is quite normal.
- Feeding times vary, there are no precise rules. Let baby feed as long as he or she wants to, but as a guide try to keep baby’s feeds to no longer than one hour.
- Offer the second breast only after baby has finished the first breast. Reverse the order at the next feed, this will ensure that both breasts are emptied do not become engorged. This is when the breast becomes enlarged and can be quite painful. Feeding on both breasts frequently until your body has adjusted and produces what your baby requires should solve this, however, if you require other pain relief you can get over the counter pain relievers, apply wet warm compresses or take warm baths.
- If your baby is a little unsettled, it is fine to give the baby an extra feed to settle him or her when needed.
- Breastfeeding should not be painful. Ensure your baby is latched on properly. If necessary stop baby from sucking by inserting your little finger between baby’s gums and your breast, this will break the suction and you can try again.
Quick Glance at Breast Feeding Benefits
- Reduces Infections for Baby
- Provides Immune Benefits for the Baby
- Helps Mother Reduce Weight Gained During Pregnancy
- Provides Proper Nutrition
- Reduces Costs of Feeding Newborn
You may wonder how breastfeeding can reduce the weight that was gained during pregnancy. Breastfeeding requires up to an extra 500 calories a day for the mother. These calories add up and help to pull off that extra weight gained.
The more milk a mother produces the more calories she spends during the day. Women who have learned this secret are amazed at how much it can help.
Breast Milk ( Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms)
- It is very important to breastfeed your baby as soon as you can after giving birth as at this time most babies are alert and want to suckle.
- As you breastfeed more the colostrum will decrease and your breast milk will increase. Breast milk has all the nourishment your baby needs. Breast milk production works on supply and demand. The more you feed, the more breast milk you will produce
- You may feel a tingling sensation in your breasts when your baby starts sucking. This is normal and is known as ‘let-down’. Although not all mothers experience this, it can also occur at other times such as when you hear your baby cry.
- During pregnancy your body will naturally produce colostrum, this is known as the baby’s first milk. Colostrum is a thick rich yellowish fluid that is rich in essential nutrients to help protect your baby against infections. It has a mild laxative effect to assist the baby to pass his/her first stool (meconium). This clears the excess waste-product of red blood cells called bilirubin, from the baby’s body and helps prevent jaundice.
- During each feeding, your breast milk changes
- When you start feeding, the milk is bluish and contains lactose and proteins, but little fat. This milk is called foremilk
- The end of the feeding produces hindmilk. This milk contains fatter and is the main source of energy for your baby.
- During breastfeeding, you not only provide the precise natural blend of nutrients your baby needs, but you also build an intimate loving bond between you and your baby through touch, smell, and vision.
Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding
You will be making many choices for your new baby and one of the first ones will be whether to bottle or breastfeed your baby. Nursing, also known as breastfeeding, provides your baby with a lifetime of benefits.
Here are some proven pros and cons of breastfeeding
1. The baby can use your own milk from a bottle and someone else can feed them while helping you and other family members can still create their own bonds
2. Breast milk is proven to pass antibodies that lower the incidence of ear, stomach, and respiratory infections during infancy
3. The natural action and fit of suckling from the breast, support jaw development, alignment, and formation of the cheekbones
4. Breast milk is always just right and instant. No need to prepare and warm, yours is always ready and just the right temperature
5. Mother’s milk is easy on the stomach. There’s no need to worry that the baby may be allergic to it and there will be less spitting up
6. The uterus must shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size, so it is still contracting and nursing speeds up this process
7. Breastfeeding has been proven to lower the risk of breast cancer.
8. Breastfeeding your baby has also been proven to help reduce problems with obesity. This is only the beginning and you must continue to encourage good eating habits as your baby grows. Provide a positive and enjoyable eating environment with a variety of textures and colors.
9. Many studies have been conducted to analyze the effect of breastfeeding on the development of the bond between mother and child. Many studies suggest that children that are breastfed receive many mental and emotional benefits that other babies do not receive. It has been noted that children who were breastfed are more emotionally secure and tend to have fewer mental and behavioral problems.
10. Just as there are numerous benefits for babies that are breastfed, mothers also experience positive effects from nursing their newborns. When women choose to nurse their children there is a chance that they are improving their own health.
Overall, breastfeeding is a healthier, cost-effective way to provide infants with the nourishment they need. Raising strong, active, and healthy children in today’s fast-paced and fast food environment gets harder and harder with each passing day but with the passage of time, you will find many fun things to do that will help your kids live longer, live stronger, and lead a more active, fun and healthy lifestyle.