What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding.

 

 

  • Get the information and training you need about breastfeeding during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor or mid-wife so that they can teach you about breastfeeding.bmilk
  • Ask about any breastfeeding and parenting concerns; Read materials and watch programs on breastfeeding.
  • Take a class on breastfeeding and choose a baby-friendly hospital make sure the staff will not give your baby any formula or water.
  • During Pregnancy or after delivery breasts release colostrum, which is rich in nutrients and antibodies.
  • It is important to breastfeed within 1 hour after giving birth to accelerate milk production and postpartum hormones, as well as to help the breasts manufacture mature milk.
  • Do not give your newborn pacifiers or bottles.
  • If possible, have your newborn stay with you in your room. Ask for assistance when getting out of bed or when lifting your baby if you need it. This is especially important if you have had a cesarean section.
  • Learn your newborn’s hunger signals.
  • The size of your breasts, large or small, makes no difference in breastfeeding success.
  • Trust your baby to eat the right amount
  • Trust yourself; you are producing just the right amount of milk
  • Position yourself and your baby properly and comfortably for pain-free and efficient nursing.
  • Nurse whenever baby wants to eat (on demand) and very frequently the first few months (as often as 8 to 12 times every 24 hours). 
  • Your baby will have growth spurts and have varying appetites, so feed accordingly.
  • Offer both breasts at each feeding, alternating the breast you start with, so that both breasts get emptied of the hindmilk (the high-fat milk expressed last). 
  • Alternate breasts to prevent tenderness
  • Mark the last breast by placing a safety pin on your bra, so you can remember to start with the other breast next time.
  • Allow nipples to air dry when possible.
  • Burp baby when you switch breasts and at the end of each feeding. 
  • Do not be embarrassed about breastfeeding in front of others. Use a baby blanket or other cover to cover your breasts if it makes you more comfortable when breastfeeding in front of others
  • Do not worry about leaks that occur naturally when you hear a baby cry or even when you think about your own baby.
  • Wear nursing pads and a good support bra day and night.
  • Find, ask for, and accept help and support from family, friends, and experts. Join a breastfeeding support group or get lactation counseling.
  • Prepare early for the going-back-to-work nursing routine and pumping.
  • Nursing before work, soon after work, and in the evening keeps up adequate milk supply.
  • When you go back to work, your baby will need help learning how to drink breast milk from a bottle.

 

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