A newborn baby brings a lot of joy and happiness into your life and also comes with some responsibilities.
Breastfeeding a newborn baby is a twenty-four-hour commitment that every new mother takes wholeheartedly. An opportunity to form a bond with your child.
Renowned Gynecologist, Infertility Specialist and Consultant Dr. Shivani Bhutani shares some tips on breastfeeding for new mothers.
According to her, “breastfeeding is an art that a mother and baby learn together and these suggestions can help moms reach their breastfeeding goals.
Live Together After Birth
Carrying a baby after birth facilitates a feeling of closeness, intimacy and a powerful hormonal response that is associated with the success of breastfeeding.
Keeping the newborn close to you, making eye contact and talking in a soft voice during each feeding builds a sense of security, trust and comfort in the newborn.
Get Your Position and Attachment Right
The first few days after birth provide the best opportunity for mother and baby to learn to breastfeed.
Even after birth, the mother’s breasts remain soft for a few days.
However, when breast milk is gradually converted from highly nutritious colostrum to mature milk, the breasts become fuller and stronger.
The first few days can be used to correct your situation and attachments. This will go a long way in helping you avoid any potential problems.
A skill that both you and your baby need to learn together, breastfeeding for some mothers and babies is difficult for others. It takes time and patience.
Both you and your baby should rest. If you find yourself getting irritated when trying to breastfeed, take a break and try again once in a while.
Feed on Demand or as Needed
A newborn needs seven to twelve feedings in 24 hours initially, but this will get better with time.
Frequent and effective feeding helps in making enough milk for the baby.
Signs of readiness to feed, such as sucking with fists and fingers, moving the hands to the mouth, and sucking the lips are the first symptoms to notice early.
The commotion and crying come later. Stopping breastfeeding, closing her mouth, or removing her nipple may be signs that the baby is full or just taking a break.
Burp the baby or wait a minute before giving the breast again.
As babies get older, they get more milk in less time with each feeding.
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Breast Milk Only for the First Six Months
Babies do not need any food or drink other than exclusive breastfeeding until at least six months of age.
Six or more heavy, wet nappies and at least one bowel movement a day is an indication that your baby is getting enough breast milk in the early weeks. It is also a good sign that the baby has settled after most of the feeds.
Vitamin D Supplements
Breast milk may not provide enough vitamin D, which helps the baby absorb the calcium and nutrients needed for strong bones.
Consult your doctor to discuss whether your child needs vitamin D supplements.
Trust Your Instincts
Mothers worry that their newborn baby is not eating enough, but babies know how much they need.
Keep track of consistent weight gain and satisfaction between feedings, rather than how much the newborn is drinking.
When to Ask for Help
If you are having trouble feeding, especially if breastfeeding is painful or the baby is not gaining weight, a breastfeeding counselor or your baby’s doctor can help.
Resources for Assistance
Breastfeeding is a technique and skill that is important not only for breastfeeding a newborn but also for the nutrition and health of the baby.
These are just some of the goal-setting shareware that you can use.
Reaching out for help can be beneficial for both mother and baby.
Breastfeeding is also an opportunity for the mother to form a bond with her baby and if the new mother gets some facts right it can be very therapeutic for both the baby and the mother.
A little effort and the right knowledge can go a long way in making it an enjoyable and highly rewarding experience for both mother and baby.