The best way to feed a newborn is breastfeeding. Breast milk has all the nutrients the baby needs and a lot of antibodies which help prevent infections and allergies. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop diabetes, become overweight or get leukemia.
Breastfeeding is good for the mother’s health also: it helps the uterus go back to its normal size, delays the return of the period (although does not act as contraception), and prevents diabetes2, breast and ovarian cancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
FAQs about breastfeeding:
Holding the baby
It’s very simple, wash your hands before breastfeeding. Your breasts and hands should be clean. Touch the lips of the baby with your nipple until the baby opens his mouth widely. Put the nipple in and pull the baby’s body close to you. When the baby is latched on the right way, baby’s mouth should cover all the areola, you should hear swallowing noises and if you feel pain, the baby is not put correctly. The nose of the baby may touch your breast, so if you are worried about his breathing, press your breast not to touch the nose of the baby.
How need I hold the baby?
The first rule is that the baby does not strain his neck or turn his head. In the cradle position, you hold the baby’s head in the crook of the arm. Support the baby’s back and bottom. The baby should be right in front of your breast. In the football position, you tuck the baby under your arm like a football and support the baby’s body with your arm. This is good if the baby is very small or you recover from the cesarean section. On the side position, you lie on your side and the baby lies beside you facing you. You can use pillows to support your head and shoulders. This is good after the episiotomy or cesarean section.
The let – down reflex is when you feel tingle in your breast and the milk starts dripping. This happens if the feeding is overdue, you think about feeding or hear the baby cry.
What do you need to do if your nipples get painful?
It is easier to prevent this than to heal it. The main cause is the wrong way of breastfeeding. If the baby isn’t latched on the right way, start over. Don’t limit the time of nursing. This can only cause swelling and pain in your breasts. Go to the doctor if you have the red, sore or painful area on the breasts. This is a sign of infection. Don’t wait to catch a fever. The infections will transmit to the baby.
To prevent sore nipples, you need to:
-make sure the baby is sucking the right way
-let the nipples air dry
-offer the less sore nipple first
-wash the nipples with warm water every night and day
-don’t use rubbing alcohol
-breastfeed more often
How Often should I breastfeed?
As much as the baby wants and needs. This might be even 8-12 times a day. As the baby grows older, the number of daily feedings decreases. But feed the baby until it is satisfied. It might take 15 to 20 minutes. Try feeding him from both breasts. Less than 8 feedings a day indicates the lack of milk production and the baby does not get enough milk. Be aware of that.
How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?
The baby should be satisfied after each feeding. It should gain weight constantly after the first 3 to 7 days. You should change 6 to 8 diapers a day.
Can I increase milk production?
Get more rest. Eat more healthy and dairy products. If you think you should feed the baby more, feed him if he wants to.
Your feeding during breastfeeding
Plenty of calcium. More fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, drink more fluids and take 500 calories a day. Caffeine and alcohol are prohibited! Don’t take any medicine unless your doctor tells you. Smoking also harms milk production and nicotine is also transmitted through the milk. If you notice that you don’t stand some food, don’t eat it.