Doctors will tell you that breastfeeding is indisputably the best feeding option for new born babies under the age of one. It is recommended that breastfeeding continue for at least the first 12 months. Mothers who try and fail aren’t given the right advice. These tips will help any mom interested in breastfeeding success.
The benefits of breastfeeding are countless. It’s the most nutritious feeding option for babies, providing everything they need to thrive as well as disease-fighting antibodies. It stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin in the mother’s body. Also promotes the development of maternal behavior and also bonding between mother and babies.
If you’re a mother or mother-to-be wanting to breastfeed your baby, you need to know the long term benefits, preventive measures and other important tips, these will help you start off strong and breastfeed better.
Breastfeeding satisfies baby’s emotional needs. Studies reveals that premature babies are more likely to die if they are not held or stroked. It is more comforting for an infant of any age to be held close and cuddled while breastfeeding.
Prevent and Treat Soreness
It’s normal for your breasts to be sore in the beginning — although if you feel a lot of pain the baby probably isn’t latching on correctly. The best way to treat and prevent soreness is to rub lanolin on your nipples after each feeding. It’s available at many drugstores. Also, be cautious when taking a shower, don’t use soap on your breasts.
Use good positioning while breatfeeding
Some babies (for example, those who were exposed to medications during labour and birth) may have difficulty in self-attaching. If you are breastfeeding sitting up, be sure your baby is tucked in close to you, and that your supporting hand or arm is placed behind her shoulders, not her head, so that she can tip her head back and bring the chin into the breast first. Your nipple should be pointed towards her nose, so that as she opens wide and tips her head back, it will be in the perfect place to slide deeply into her mouth, aimed at the roof of her mouth.
Sometimes if you’re not careful your milk ducts can get blocked or infected. The best prevention measures are to keep your breasts clean and dry and to fully empty each breast. When your baby doesn’t finish emptying a breast during a feeding, start the next feeding on the same side. This will help prevent a painful bacterial infection called mastitis.
Breast milk is more digestible
Babies can digest human milk more easily than the milk of other animals, this is probably because human milk contains an enzyme that aids in this process. Breast milk forms softer curds in the infant’s stomach than cow’s milk and is more quickly assimilated into the body system.
Get Household Support
You need help from your family and friends when you’re breastfeeding„ especially in the early weeks after childbirth. Have them do house chores. You energy needs to be reserved for the most important duty: breastfeeding the baby.
Breastfeeding helps lose weight after baby is born
Mothers who breastfed exclusively or partially had significantly larger reductions in hip circumference and were less above their prepregnancy weights at 1 month post partum than mothers who fed formula exclusively.
“Am J Clin Nutr 1993;58:162-166”
Get Professional Help
If you’re having any difficulty with breastfeeding or any doubts about it, talk to a lactation consultant, consult your baby’s pediatrician or your local health department for a referral. You should especially seek help if your baby isn’t gaining weight or you feel pain during breastfeeding. If you start feeling extreme pain or notice breast redness, swelling and a fever, go to your doctor immediately. You may have mastitis, which is treatable with antibiotics.
However, you can alk to other moms who are breastfeeding or have successfully breastfed in the past for more advice.