Nature has created an ideal in all respects for food for the full development of a newborn baby – breast milk. No artificial milk formula has the unique properties of breast milk. Only breast milk in the optimal ratio contains all the substances necessary for the successful growth and development of the newborn. This dish does not require additional processing, because it is always with mom and always has a suitable temperature.
Many young mothers admit: a truly close relationship with the baby, unlimited tenderness and a sense of unity appear only after the first feeding. And the longer the breastfeeding, the stronger and stronger the connection between mother and baby.
During the first 6 months of the baby’s life, the World Health Organization recommends only breastfeeding, while any other food and even water is excluded from the baby’s “menu”. But even this most natural and wonderful process needs to follow some rules that will help the tiny little man grow up strong and healthy, and his mom informed to establish communication with the baby.
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Breastfeeding Tips For New Mothers
Early Attachment to the Chest
If childbirth has passed without complications, it is necessary to attach the baby to the breast within the first hour after its birth.
The Right Feeding Technique
The correct technique of breastfeeding is the key to successful lactation and healthy growth of the baby. Not only how efficiently he is breastfeeding depends on the position of the child, but also whether his mother is comfortable at that moment. Important tip: make sure your baby grips the nipple along with the areola. Otherwise, he will not be able to fully get enough, and air may enter his stomach, swallowing which leads to bloating and regurgitation. Remember that you need to bring the baby to the chest, and not vice versa, and at the same time create a solid support for his body, pressing the baby’s stomach to itself. The base of the head of the newborn and its shoulders should be located on your palm, but at the same time the palm serves only as a “stand” and does not exert pressure on the back of the child.
Duration of Feeding
The duration of feeding should be at least 20–25 minutes per “session”. The fact is that “front” milk is more liquid and rich in carbohydrates, “back” milk is more fat and nutritious. Normally, the child should get both. If he will receive only the “front”, then lactase may not be enough to digest an increased volume of milk sugar (lactose), and this can lead to colic. During the specified time, the baby will suck all the milk.
Feeding “without hours”
The baby should receive the next portion of breast milk at the first demand: this will allow the newborn to get enough and experience a very important sense of psychological comfort for him. In addition, do not remove the crumbs from the chest until he himself releases the nipple. If you feed the baby not according to his desire, but when it’s convenient for the mother, then such actions can lead to profuse regurgitation.
Normally, breaks between feedings should be 2–4 hours, so that the milk consumed has time to be digested, and the mother has a new one. If the baby does not eat actively for 20-25 minutes, he does not eat up and begins to ask for more breasts. In this case, the digestive system of the crumbs is in constant tension. Do not ignore nightly feeding and do not express milk unnecessarily. The fullness and duration of breastfeeding directly depends on the quality of the procedure itself. Night feeding is the best way to contribute to the stable production of breast milk. Expression can be carried out only if necessary, for example, in case of forced separation of mother and baby. With the right approach to feeding, the volume of milk produced will meet the needs of the baby. Night feeding is the best way to contribute to the stable production of breast milk.
Expression can be carried out only if necessary, for example, in case of forced separation of mother and baby. With the right approach to feeding, the volume of milk produced will meet the needs of the baby. Night feeding is the best way to contribute to the stable production of breast milk.
Reasonable Breast Change
Frequent transfer from one breast to another is harmful not only for the lactation process, but also for the health of the crumbs. In the first portions of milk, the content of milk sugar is higher than in subsequent ones. This means that in children receiving only “front” milk, they may develop intestinal colic even in the presence of full health due to the excessive amount of lactose.
No Interference Factors
Do not give your baby a bottle to drink until he has mastered the skills of breastfeeding. Breast sucking for a baby is a labor-intensive action, and if a child gets acquainted with a nipple, he may not want to take a breast. If you think your baby is thirsty, just stick it on your chest more often. If it is necessary to introduce additional nutrition (this should happen no earlier than at the 7th month of life of the crumbs), give it to the child from a spoon, cup or pipette. This will not allow him to abandon his chest because of laziness. Use these breastfeeding tips and let your baby grow healthy and happy!
Breastfeeding – to feed or not to feed?
Unfortunately, in some cases, the baby is deprived of this priceless product – mother’s milk due to significant reasons – mother’s illness, the need for her departure, etc. But it also happens that the baby is transferred to artificial feeding due to problems with the intestines – colic, increased gas formation and stool disorders. Any mother is seriously worried when the baby is anxious, suffers from bloating, can spit up, and the stool becomes loose, frothy and with an acidic smell. Only the doctor can determine the exact causes of such symptoms, because, perhaps, they are caused by an intestinal infection or other factors. However, if these symptoms are not accompanied by an increase in body temperature, and the baby is anxious only sometime after feeding, the deficiency of the lactase in the intestine is most likely to blame.
Lactase is a special enzyme that breaks down milk sugar (lactose). With a low activity of lactase, undigested lactose accumulates in the intestines of the baby and causes bloating, colic and frequent loose stools. In addition, a violation of the assimilation of such a nutrient, which is most important for the development of the nervous system and vision of a baby, like lactose, can have negative consequences for the development of the baby. Unfortunately, lactase deficiency today has become a “fashionable” diagnosis, because of which mothers are forced to abandon breastfeeding in favor of feeding lactose-free artificial mixtures. This can only be justified in very rare cases, for example, with a child’s congenital inability to absorb milk sugar.
Let your baby grow healthy! Happy motherhood to you!
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