Moments after giving birth you are in your hospital bed, the nurse has just delivered your baby to you for the first time after cleaning and grooming him, you have him in your arms … it is time to breastfeed !
Most babies are ready and eager to suckle from the first hour after delivery, and their sucking instinct is already very strong. So do not be afraid, you are doing the right thing: breastfeeding early makes it easier for your baby to position the nipple correctly and to take better milk. You both have to learn, don’t get nervous because the first few times you don’t get it. Be patient and convey peace of mind to your baby with your gestures.
As a good new mom, you should breastfeed your baby quite often , both during the day and at night. These first weeks will be one of your main tasks and you will spend a lot of time breastfeeding your child. A newborn usually suckles between 8 and 12 times throughout the day, so don’t wait for him to touch him. Simply offer the breast every time he reaches or cries, to give him a good supply of milk and make sure he is sucking correctly and in good posture.
Did you know that the more your baby breastfeeds, the more milk you produce? In general, all mothers produce enough milk that their babies need, but if you notice that you have little milk, it may be because the baby’s position or the latch on the breast is not correct and your baby cannot empty. good breasts. You may also not notice the rise in milk after the first few months. As the weeks go by, your child becomes an expert and takes less time to take his feed. If you see that the baby is calm and that he wets four or five diapers a day, he is drinking enough milk.
TIPS TO IMPROVE BREASTFEEDING
With the aid bottles of artificial milk, the baby will gradually stop suckling as he will suck less and, consequently, you will stop producing as much milk. If you want to continue breastfeeding for a long time, you should consider exclusively feeding your baby with breast milk. From 6 months the baby will be ready to start eating foods other than breast milk that they can start eating little by little.
To improve suction, avoid the pacifier for the first few weeks, until breastfeeding is well established. A newborn baby has to learn well how to suckle at the breast, and artificial nipples such as a bottle or pacifier can make this learning difficult.
A NEWBORN USUALLY SUCKLES BETWEEN 8 AND 12 TIMES A DAY
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY
Depending on the cultures, there are myths about breastfeeding that cause many mothers to be overly concerned. For example, it is not true that you cannot breastfeed your baby if you have small breasts or nipples, or that breastfeeding will deform your breast. Nor is it true that breastfeeding enslaves the mother, because only in these months will you be able to breastfeed your child wherever and whenever you want. Of course, if you have to go to work, travel or be absent a few hours a day, you will have to consider expressing milk and keeping it so that whoever is in charge of the child can give it to them during those hours that you are not there.
BREASTFEEDING DOES NOT DEFORM THE BREAST
In short, breastfeeding is the best way to feed the baby during its first months of life, in addition to reinforcing the mother-child emotional bond for the rest of their lives. Are you going to miss it?