Breastfeeding has many advantages for babies and mothers according to research. Breast milk contains unique substances that are not found in other types of milk. Also, breast milk usually has less complications associated with than cow’s milk. Studies show that it is ideal to breastfeed at least for the first six months and even up to two years.
Why is breastfeeding beneficial?
Only breast milk contains colostrum. Colostrum is essential for the baby as it has natural antibodies and immune globulins. This helps keep the baby disease free for the first months of life. Not even commercially made milk can simulate colostrum.
Babies’ feces aren’t as smelly when they drink breast milk versus cow’s milk or commercially make milk. Babies that breast feed also don’t have difficulty defecating. Breastfeeding is also found to be helpful as a family planning method, although is not always effective. Also, breast milk is FREE!
Many women understand and are aware of the importance of breastfeeding, however, many women report problems associated with lactation. According to lactation consultants these problems are most often associated with improper breastfeeding techniques. Both, the baby and the mother will benefit from proper observation of breastfeeding techniques.
Tip 1: Prepare for milk production
Prepare your body for milk production. There is a variety of nipple exercises to perform in order to prepare to deliver the breast milk to your baby. An easy exercise involves to routinely pinch the nipple.
Tip 2: Keep your nipples clean
It is extremely important to keep the nipple clean before the baby latches on. Avoid using soap directly on your nipple. If soap can’t be avoided, wipe your nipple using a soft cloth soaked in clean water.
Tip 3: Good latch
Allow your baby to properly latch on. One way to know is when your baby’s mouth covers the entire areola. A proper latch simulates the “let-down reflex” of your breasts wherein the milk goes down the ducts and out the nipples. To help your baby, make use of his/her rooting reflex. Stimulate your baby’s cheek, near their mouth by using your nipple and their head will automatically turn towards the simulation. His/her mouth will open and will be ready to receive the nipple. It is fairly common for babies to stop sucking while still latched on to the breast. This is in due to the fact that after sucking enough milk into their mouth they actually have to swallow and on it may also be due to tiredness. One way to stimulate them to keep on feeding is by caressing their cheek and the back of their jaw close by the ear. Once you are done, aid your baby to stop latching by inserting your pinky finger into the side of their mouth and propping it slightly open. With this, the baby will stop sucking and you will be able to remove your nipple.
Sore nipples and engorgement
To prevent sore nipples and engorgement, monitor the amount of time your baby sucks each nipple. It is advisable to spend 10 to 15 minutes on each breast to make sure that the breasts are completely emptied of milk. This prevents engorgement. The next time your baby feeds, let the baby use the last breast he or she used.
Breastfeeding is the natural way to go to feed your baby but it does not always come naturally. Many questions may arise when baby arrives and you proceed to breastfeeding. In this case, asking for recommendations and assistance from a lactation specialist is highly recommended. If you need to contact a lactation specialist call Here is Baby for more information.
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