5 Things To Know About How To Breastfeed
Breastfeeding: A Step-By-Step Guide
How to breastfeed, whether it is your first time or not, is a worry for a lot of mothers. However, you should feel rest assured knowing you are doing your best.
There is not a more natural way to feed your baby. It provides rich nutrition’s that can’t be replicated by formula milk.
As well as being good for the recipient, it is also good for you. The long-term health advantages are:
- Reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Lowers your chances of getting breast cancer.
- Provides protection against ovarian cancer before the menopause.
When to start breastfeeding?
The best time to begin is straight away. The first part of the breast milk is called colostrums. It is highly concentrated and contains leukocytes, which are white blood cells that can help prevent or destroy viruses and bacteria that cause diseases.
However, for some mothers, there could be reasons that delay feeding. If you are unable to deliver milk naturally, there are other options such as expressing.
The benefits of first milk’ include:
- Protection of the lining of the gut.
- Encourages the growth of good bacteria.
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties.
- Brings about the babies first bowel movements.
How to breastfeed?
A newborn baby feeds can range anywhere from five minutes, up to forty minutes. It is important that you are comfortable. Make sure you have everything you need around you and you are in a calm setting.
Once you are ready to begin by:
- Holding your baby in the position you find most comfortable. In the early days, no one can predict how long a feed will last. It will always help if you are relaxed enough to maintain your posture. (You can place cushions behind your back or under your arm).
If you prefer to lay down with your baby, (you may find this easier during night time feeds), you can prop a cushion under your baby. This will allow her to reach for your nipple more easily.
To help your baby latch start by:
- Position your baby so she is directly facing you.
- Hold her up to your breast. (Don’t lean over her).
- Gently tilt your baby’s head back and rub your nipple along her lips until she opens her mouth. (This is her signaling to you that she is ready).
- Tilt her head forward ensuring she takes the entire nibble, to be certain she is feeding properly.
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How easy is breastfeeding?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some mothers will find breastfeeding easier than others. However, many mothers find it hard, regardless if it is their first time, so never feel as if you are alone. Remember if you’re finding it particularly difficult, there is help available.
Midwives can refer you to a specialist, who will watch you feed your baby and help you resolve any issues you are having.
- There are many support groups, both locally and online that you join. Signing up will allow you to share and receive advise from other moms.
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