The activity of breast feeding is declining in popularity these days. Breast feeding is the manner by which you nourish your infant with the milk your breasts produce. There are many who feel ashamed of breast feeding and baby when they are in public.
This is one of the primary reasons why breast feeding is practiced by such a small number of people. This is primarily because of the sexualisation of breasts by society. While breast feeding in public has been permitted by state laws, you might not want to do it because of the admonishing or disapproving stares that you get. However, breast feeding your infant is not an easy task whether in public or in private. There are some important tips which you have to keep in mind when you are breast feeding your baby.
Tips For Breast Feeding
When you decide on breast feeding and baby, you must acquire sufficient information about breast lactating techniques, how to latch correctly and how you can prevent as well as remedy sore nipples and engorged breasts. You also have to find the answers to troublesome questions such as whether you have adequate breast milk supply. You can consult mothers who have breastfed their infants and have first hand knowledge on this topic.
Speaking to women who have already been through this experience will put much of your fears and concerns at rest. As a breast feeding mother, you could experience problems of breast milk production, even if you are applying the PDF method of feeding breast milk. You can resolve these problems by following a proper diet, taking adequate rest and being in a healthy and happy mood.
Establish a Routine
You should keep in mind the fact that while breast feeding and baby is a natural process, it is by no means an easy task. It might take you and your baby quite a while to establish a routine. This is however very normal. You must remember that there is no fixed time for you to feed your child with breast milk. You will have to feed your child whenever your child is feeling hungry. Initially, you might feel a bit overwhelmed when you are feeding your infant with breast milk. In the beginning you will breast feeding and baby for every two hours or so. Gradually, in the weeks that follow, your baby will require less feeding.
Importance of Breast Milk
When you give birth, your breasts will produce colostrums in the first few weeks after your baby has been born. The colostrums in the breast milk will help to develop the immune system of your baby. It is very rich in antibodies. The colostrums will also help your baby to pass meconium or the first bowel movements. The meconium is the tarry or the black looking secretion which you will see in your baby’s diapers after birth. This secretion will become a brown mustard colored substance and after a few days it will turn into a watery mustard colored stool as you feed your infant with breast milk. The stool of a baby who is fed with breast milk is more firm than the stool of a baby who is bottle fed.
Important Facts About Feeding Your Baby
Your baby will begin having wet diapers between the first 24 and 48 hours of its birth, for at least three times in a day. His urine should be clear and bowel movements should occur for at least three times during the day. These are signs that you are breast feeding your infant well and that your infant is getting the required nutrients from your breast milk. According to many child experts, you should carry out breast feeding and baby between the first sixth months of your child’s life. However, each baby is different, and you should speak to your baby’s pediatrician about whatever concerns you have regarding your child. Your baby will gain in weight at different rates, depending on various factors. Normally, you could expect to see a two fold increase in your baby’s weight between the fourth month and the sixth month.
Hold Your Baby Cautiously
You must hold your baby very carefully when you are breast feeding and baby. Your nipples could become sore after breast feeding. This might be because of the way you are holding your baby when you are breast feeding. If your baby is held by you at an odd angle or is too far away, then your nipple will be stretched and pulled while your baby suckles it.
You should hold your baby very close so that your baby does not have to strain much when you are breast feeding. You should watch out for a pattern of rhythmic sucks followed by swallow while your baby is drinking your breast milk. If there are clicking sounds then this implies that the baby is not attached properly to your breast and that your baby is not getting the amount of breast milk that he or she should. Begin the process again after you hear the clicking sounds.
Consult Your Doctor
You must consult your pediatrician on a regular basis. By doing so you will ensure that the problems related to your baby’s development will discovered as well as resolved as soon as possible. However, pediatricians are very busy people and might take you a long time to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician. While fixing an appointment with the pediatrician could be a hassle, it is something which you must do in order to ensure your baby’s well being.
If you consider these breast feeding tips, then you will be able to carry out breast feeding and baby very successfully. Breast feeding and baby will require a significant commitment on your part. One good thing about breast feeding is that it helps you to burn the calories in your body. If you are concerned about getting back in shape after your pregnancy, you should take note of the fact that breast feeding will help in shrinking your uterus. There are other health benefits that are associated with breast feeding, such as less chances of the occurrence of diabetes, low pressure and lower risk of ovarian cancer.
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