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Breastfeeding| How to Improve | Challenges and Increasing milk supply

24 May Breastfeeding| How to Improve | Challenges and Increasing milk supply

Breastfeeding| How to Improve | Challenges and Increasing milk supply

Breastfeeding your baby is your choice and it is a natural thing to do, but do not feel pressured. You should want to do it and not feel forced to do it. Every little helps so even if you only breastfeed your baby for a few days or weeks, that early milk, called colostrum, provides an important source of antibodies to protect against disease as Baby’s own immune system develops during the first year.

 

Breastfeeding not only helps your baby but it also helps you.

  • It helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post-delivery bleeding.
  • It helps you to lose those pregnancy pounds. Breastfeeding burns 300 – 500 calories a day
  • It may reduce your risk of postnatal depression
  • It saves money as you do not have to buy formula milk

 

Starting to breastfeed is a real learning process for both you and your baby. the best way to learn and improve is to do the following:

  • Try to breastfeed your baby within the first hour of birth.
  • Have a nurse or lactation consultant check how Baby latches on while you’re still in the hospital. While it might be uncomfortable when Baby latches on, it shouldn’t be painful. If it hurts you may not have the baby in the correct position so that it is latching on correctly.
  • Get prepare for when your milk comes in. This usually occurs on the third or fourth day after birth. Your breasts will increase in size and so you will need a comfortable expandable nursing bra to accommodate this. One bra is the Xpanda bra it has adjustable cup sizes that will allow for when your breasts increase when the milk comes in and decrease after you have feed.
  • Try and feed 8-10 times every day, but your baby will let you know when he or she is hungry.
  • Stay hydrated. A good idea is to sip from a glass of water when nursing.

 

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Here are the most common breastfeeding-related problems and how you can avoid them:

  • Sore and cracked nipples. Check the position of the baby when she latches on; smooth lanolin over your nipples after each nursing session; and let your nipples air dry after each nursing session. Also, alternate which breast you start on for each session. Put a safety pin or plastic bracelet on your wrist on the side of your bra that was just used to help you remember. And limit nursing to 5 to 10 minutes on each side initially until your nipples toughen up (just a few days). You should also not hear any clicking or sucking sound. If you do, the baby isn’t positioned right. Bring Baby closer to you, and hold his head firmly so his mouth covers as much of the areola as possible.
  • Engorged breasts! When in the shower let warm water run over them.
  • Mastitis is an infection and your breasts can feel hot and sore. An antibiotic will help clear the infection. In the meantime, to try and avoid this infection or help get clear it up along with the antibiotic, try and empty your breasts as often as you can by either feeding or pumping.
  • Thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that can form on the breast and be passed to your baby’s mouth. Overly moist breasts, sore or cracked nipples,following a diet high in sugar or yeasty foods can all throw your body’s natural yeast levels out of control and lead to thrush. Your baby may have little white spots in her mouth, or a diaper rash that won’t heal. You will need to treat both your breasts and the baby’s mouth with a prescription. To prevent thrush, air-dry your nipples, use nipple pads in your bra, wear a clean bra every day, and reduce the amount of sugar and yeasty products in your diet.

 

Increasing Milk Supply

Breastfeeding is a basic supply-and-demand activity. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your body produces.

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