Welcome to the joys of mother hood and breastfeeding. Having problems getting started? Here is the low down on becoming ” Mother Dairy” !
Breast feeding has many advantages both for the mother and the child.
FOR THE MOTHER
FOR THE INFANT
|Its portable and cheap and hygienically packed. It makes travelling much easier than||It is specially formulated by mother nature keeping your baby’s unique needs in mind and is the most hygienic..|
|Its portable and cheap and hygienically packed. It makes travelling much easier than if you were carrying cans of milk or bottles.||It is specially formulated by mother nature keeping your baby’s unique needs in mind and is the most hygienic..|
|It provides some protection against conception.||Lower phosphorus levels result in improved calcium absorption.|
|It creates an opportunity for enforced resting, thus making recovery faster.||Breastmilk contains vital antibodies which bolster the new-born immune system.|
|It provides comfort to the mother as she feels solely responsible for the nutritional and emotional needs of the baby.||It provides for greater suckling satisfaction.|
|The contact between mother and child helps strengthen their bond and contributes to the all round development of the child.||The contact between mother and child helps strengthen their bond and contributes to the all round development of the child.|
When to start– the child should be put to the breast as soon as possible after the delivery , preferably on the delivery table itself. In India there is a myth that the baby should not be breastfed for the first 24 – 48 hours. Actually this is the time that the initial milk or colostrum is produced by the mother. This milk is extremely good for the baby providing her with essential antibodies to boost immunity. The baby’s suckling reflex is also strengthened and as a result more milk is produced to keep up with the demand.
– Feeding while lying down is more comfortable but don’t fall asleep or the child could inadvertently be suffocated if you roll over with the breast still in his mouth.
Take heart – the first few days are the hardest – like everything else practice makes perfect.
Drink lots of fluids while breastfeeding, especially in summer. It is a myth that too much fluid dilutes the milk – in fact fluids are essential in keeping the milk supply going.
- How often – opinions on this vary wildly depending upon whom you ask. But a good paediatrician and an experienced mother will tell you that demand feeding is easier on the nerves and good for the baby as well. This simply means letting your baby set the schedule instead of forcing a set time table on him. Let her feed as long as she wants – not only does the latter part of the milk ( hind milk ) have a higher fat content, the suckling satisfies her need to remain close to you. By the same token do not force your baby to feed when he does not want to. Give both breasts at each feed. Encourage feeding for at least 15 – 20 minutes on each breast.
How do you know if your baby is getting enough milk ?
– has at least 5 bowel movements
– is urinating 8 – 10 times a day
– passes a colourless urine
– is putting on weight normally and regularly
– seems happy and contented after each feed.
Most breastfed babies swallow very little air so don’t worry if the burp is small or doesn’t come at all! After every feed however it is still necessary to put the child on your shoulder and pat his back gently.