|Tips for Breast Feeding Success|
|Every woman, who wants to feed her baby with her breast milk, should know as much as possible about it yet before the very delivery, when she does not feel so much exhausted from carrying her newborn around – the – clock. These are the tips, which can help foster successful breast feeding.|
Get an early start. Every woman should begin feeding her baby within the first hour after the delivery, of course, only in case if it is possible. She should feed a baby for the first time yet when he or she is awake and the instinct of sucking is strong. Of course, no woman is producing breast milk so far; however, her breasts are filled with colostrum, which contains a huge number of antibodies to different diseases.
Proper positioning. It is necessary that the baby’s mouth would be wide open, with the nipple being as far back into his or her mouth, as possible, as this minimizes the soreness of the mother. If a woman is in the hospital, or in a place, where there is a nurse, a midwife, gynecologist or some other knowledgeable person, this person can help a young mother to find the most comfortable position for feeding her little one.
Feed your baby on demand, and not according to some schedule. You should be aware, that newborn babies should be fed frequently, at least every two hours, and never try to follow any strict schedule. Because the breast milk gets digested easier and sooner than any formula, babies, who are breast – fed usually have to eat more frequently than those, who are fed with formulas. In addition, frequent nursing stimulates the woman’s breasts to produce more milk. Remember, that as your baby becomes older, he or she will be able to settle into somewhat more predictable routine.
No supplements. It is important to point out that babies, who are fed with the breast milk do not need any additional supplements, such as sugar, water or formula, as this may only interfere with the appetite for nursing, which, may become a reason of a diminished milk supply. There is a fact: the more breast milk the baby eats, the more milk his or her mother produces.
Delay artificial nipples. A woman should better wait for some time, approximately for one or two weeks before she decides to introduce a pacifier, so that her baby would not get confused. It is necessary to know, that artificial nipples require somewhat different sucking action, in comparison to the real nipples. In addition, sucking from a bottle can also become confusing for a baby, during the first days of his or her life.
Air the nipples dry. During several first days after the delivery or until the woman’s nipples get tougher, she should air dry her nipples after every nursing with the aim to prevent them from getting cracked, as cracks can possibly become the reason of some infection. However, if the nipples do crack, the woman can coat them with either her breast milk or with some other natural moisturize, which will help them get healed. As a rule vitamin A, lanolin and oil are usually applied, however, there are babies, who may be allergic to any of these components. If a woman puts her baby to her breast correctly, this can prevent her nipples from getting sore significantly. However, in case, if the nipples get too much sore, the baby should not have it too back in his or her mouth.
Watch for infection. The usually symptoms of breast infection are the following: fever, painful lumps, and redness in the breast. If a woman noticed any of these signs, she should apply to her doctor immediately.
Expect engorgement. It is necessary to point out, that most new mothers usually produce lots of breast milk, which makes their breasts big, hard and even painful for several days. In order to provide a relief to this engorgement, a woman should feed her baby as frequently as possible and only on the baby’s demand, up until her body gets adjusted and begins to produce just the amount of milk the baby requires. In the meantime, the woman may take some over – the – counter pain relievers, take warm baths as well as apply warm and wet compresses to her breast in order to make the pain less.
Eat right, get plenty of rest. In order to provide the production of plenty of breast milk, the mother, who feeds her baby with her own milk, should keep to a well balanced diet, which includes at least 500 extra calories a day and, in addition, she is to drink as much as eight glasses of fluid every day. Yet every nursing woman is to have a rest as much as possible in order to prevent breast infections, which may be aggravated by fatigue.