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All that you need to know about breastfeeding

18 Aug 2015

 What Are the Benefits of Breastfeeding for  Baby?


1. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants with good combination of vitamins, protein, and fat.

2. It is easily digested than infant formula

3. Breast milk contains antibodies that help baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers  baby's risk of having asthma or allergies.

4. breast fed babies have fewer  ear infections, lung  diseases, and diarrhea.

5. Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies

6. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children.


 

What are the Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother?

1. Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help  lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce  bleeding after birth.

2. Breastfeeding also lowers mother's risk of breast and ovarian cancer and risk of osteoporosis, too.

3. On a lighter note no need to buy, store or sterlise  nipples so you save loads of time and money.
 

How much milk is  enough to Breastfeed?

1. In the few days after birth, breasts make an ideal "first milk." It's called colostrum. 

2. Colostrum is thick, yellowish, and scant and  helps a newborn's digestive tract develop and prepare itself to digest breast milk.

3. Experts recommend breastfeeding exclusively (no formula, juice, or water) for 6 months.

4. Even if breastfeeding is less than the recommended 6 months, it's better to breastfeed for a short time than no time at all. 
 

4. What Are the ABCs of Breastfeeding?

A = Awareness. Watch for baby's signs of hunger, and breastfeed whenever  baby is hungry. This is called "on demand" feeding.  Don't wait for baby to cry. That's a sign he's too hungry.

B = Be patient. Breastfeed as long as  baby wants to nurse each time. Don't hurry your infant through feedings. 

C = Comfort. Be  comfortable with pillows as needed to support arms, head, and neck, and a footrest to support  feet and legs .

What are the  common problems with Breastfeeding and how to trouble shoot.?

Sore nipples. 
Make sure  baby latches on correctly.  Keeping nipples dry and letting them "air dry" between feedings helps, too.

Dry, cracked nipples. 
Avoid soaps, perfumed creams, or lotions with alcohol in them, which can make nipples even more dry .

Worries about producing enough milk. 
A general rule of thumb is that a baby who's wetting six to eight diapers a day is most likely getting enough milk.

Pumping and storing milk. 
Breast milk can be safely used within 2 days if it's stored in a refrigerator. You can freeze breast milk for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or in a bowl of warm water.

Inverted nipples. An inverted nipple interferes with feeding and help should be sought.

Breast engorgement 
Breast engorgement traps fluid in the breasts and makes them feel hard, painful, and swollen. Alternate heat and cold, for instance using ice packs and hot showers,helps to relieve mild pain.

Breast infection (mastitis).
Sore nipples along with flu-like symptoms, fever, and fatigue could be due to infection so  better consult your doctor 
Antibiotics are usually needed to clear up a breast infection

Stress. Being overly anxious or stressed can interfere with milk release .
Stay as relaxed and calm as possible before and during nursing -- it can help milk let down and feeding

Breastfeeding is a natural, healthy process. But call your doctor if:
Breasts become  red, swollen, hard, or sore.
There is unusual discharge or bleeding from your nipples.
Baby isn't gaining weight or getting enough milk

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