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Breastfeeding Guide & Tips

  By : , Kochi , India       1.8.2017         Phone:0484 669 9999          Mail Now
  Kuttisahib Road, Near Kothad Bridge, South Chittoor, Cheranalloor, Kochi, Kerala 682027

Dr. Jose Paul
Senior Consultant Neonatology
Aster Medcity, Kochi

The Importance of Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the optimal source of nutrition for the new born baby. Breast milk contains antibodies to protect your baby from infections. Diarrhea, chestinfections, ear infections and urinary infections are all more common in bottle-fed babies.

Research suggests that breastfed babies have better brain development also. Children who were formula fed as babies are at greater risk to develop eczema and diabetes and tend to have higher blood pressure than those who were breastfed.

Breastfeeding is also good for mothers. It helps you to lose extra weight gained during pregnancy. It can help to protect you from breast and ovarian cancer and give you stronger bones in later life.

Things to Remember

  • It is very important to put the baby to your breast within 30 minutes after birth to stimulate milk production. Make sure you feed your baby the first yellowish milk known as colostrum and breast milk has many constituents which protects your baby from many diseases.

  • Breast milk is known as nature’s vaccine. Breast milk provides all food and water that your baby needs during first 6 months of life.

  • Exclusive breastfeeding means giving breast milk only (no other milk, food or liquids, even the sips of water) except the medicines prescribed by doctor.

  • Working mothers can also breastfeed exclusively (Please seek advice from your health care provider).

  • Make sure you begin to breast feed immediately after birth and help baby attach to your breast.

  • Within the first 30 minutes, good attachment helps to ensure that your baby suckles well, ensure adequate milk secretion and prevents sore and cracked nipples.

  • Though Breastfeeding should happen naturally with all mothers soon after birth, many mothers need some kind of assistance . This motivation and preparation should start well before the baby is born to establish successful breast feeding.

  • There are many hormones in the mother that is responsible for proper milk production. The main hormone involved is called Prolactin. Ths hormone is produced by the Anterior pituitary gland situated inside the brain.The pituitary gland gets stimulated when baby sucks the breast and this stimuli reaches the gland ,which produces the hormones which act on the breast tissues to produce milk .

How Often Should I Breastfeed?

Breastfeed your baby on demand, both day and night, at least 8 to 12 times each day.Frequent feeding will help your body to produce adequate breast milk.

How To Prevent Common Breastfeeding Difficulties?

  • If you develop cracked nipples apply the milk expressed out after the feed. Do not use any types of creams or ointments except when prescribed by a health care provider.

  • Feed frequently to prevent breast engorgement.

  • Let the baby finish feeding from one breast before start feeding from other breast.

  • If your breast becomes painful or hot to touch, see a health care provider.

  • Mixed feeding (combining breast milk with anything else) is not a healthy practice for your baby before 6 months of age.

Things To Remember

  • When baby is 6 months old continue breastfeeding and begin giving complimentary foods.

  • During breastfeeding eat three meals each day plus 2 small meals extra and drink 3 to 4 liters of water. No special food is required to produce breast milk.

  • Do not stop breast feeding if the mother is having ordinary illnesses such as cold, flu, sore throat, fever. Inform your doctor that you are breastfeeding.
    If you have trouble practicing exclusive breastfeeding, discuss your situation with a trained counselor.

Tips For Working Mothers

Many mothers successfully combine work and breastfeeding. By continuing to breastfeed after you return to work, you will:

  • Provide the best nutrition for your baby

  • Make it possible to keep breastfeeding when you are together

  • Keep a special closeness to your baby even when you must be away

  • Avoid the health risks associated with formula feeding

  • Less likely to miss work, because breastfed babies are less sick

  • Save money

Even if you plan to use an electric pump, every mother needs to know the fine art of hand expression.

Storage Of Expressed Breast Milk:

Freshly expressed breast milk can be kept at room temperature for up to 4hours.
Expressed breast milk can be stored in an insulated cooler with ice packs or refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Can be stored in a freezer for up to 3 months. Do not forget to label the bottle with date and time.

How To Use Stored Milk:

Keep breast milk in a warm water bath till it reaches room temperature and use immediately. Do not heat milk directly.
Once thawed, the milk should not be kept back in the refrigerator.

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding week is celebrated from 1st to 7th August.

The theme for this year is “SUSTAIN BREASTFEEDING TOGETHER”

Here it emphasises the importance of father's role in the whole process of breast feeding. All mothers will need active support from the father of the baby, also from other family members. So to sustain a sucessful breast feeding, support from every family member is of great importance

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