How to start breastfeeding
Hello everyone! Today I want to give you some information and some recommendations on how to start Breastfeeding so that it goes well.
What all parents should know:
Breastfeeding is the baby’s natural feeding. In addition, it has health benefits for mother and child, as it decreases postpartum bleeding, favors weight loss and decreases diseases such as osteoporosis and cancers in the mother. In the baby, it diminishes infections like otitis, gastroenteritis and even cancers in childhood. Breastfeeding children also have benefits in adulthood, such as less obesity, cardiovascular risk, immunological diseases, and less breast cancer in girls who have taken breast milk.
The skin-to-skin contact favors the onset of breastfeeding, gives the baby peace of mind and allows him to have greater cardiac and respiratory stability. Try to put it on your breast as soon as it is born, and have it naked on your body for as long as possible, covering it with a blanket over it.
Baby and Breastfeeding need a relaxed environment. Try to receive few visits. Pacifiers make Lactation difficult, so they are not advised. They make it worse, lose weight, gain less weight, and alter the development of the mouth. Water supplements, glucose serum and unnecessary bottles also make it difficult to breastfeed.
Confide in yourself. Well-meaning opinions about baby’s hunger, temperature or sleep are not always accurate, and lead to unnecessary weaning. If you have doubts, ask for an inquiry, and we will try to help you.
During Lactation, follow a varied and balanced diet. There are no foods that help to produce milk, nor forbidden foods, nor those that have an intense taste, nor soft drinks.
Babies need us to hold them, and they like us to carry them. There are ergonomic baby carriers that allow the baby to walk, breastfeed or perform other tasks while attending.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco use.
Do not take medicines without a prescription. Almost all medications are compatible with breastfeeding.
- When the baby is born, try to make skin-to-skin contact and offer the breast as soon as possible.
- Give the chest on demand, both in frequency and duration. Offer him the breast when he begins to wake up, take his hand to his mouth or make sounds, without waiting for him to cry, because if he cries he will get worse.
- It is normal for the baby to breastfeed 8 to 12 times a day. If you do not ask for breast or fall asleep during the feeding, try to wake him up and encourage him to nurse.
- If you notice the full breast, encourage to suck your baby so that the discomfort disappears.
- Breastfeeding does not have to hurt. If it hurts, or you have cracks, most often the posture is not very good.
- It is not necessary to wash the nipple before or after each feeding or other care.
- During the first few weeks, check your baby’s weight every 2-3 days. Most babies start gaining weight soon.
What to do in special situations:
If the baby or mother needs care, and are separated, try to extract milk at least 6 times a day, and offer it using the finger-syringe technique. Offer him the breast as soon as you both can.
Twin and premature babies can also suck, as the volume and composition of the milk will suit their needs.