Tips and Techniques about Breast Feeding

Why Breast feeding your new baby?

Studies have shown breast feeding to have a wealth of benefits both to mother and child. Babies that are breastfed for at least three months get 23% less ear infections, have 42% less skin problems, are 64% less likely to get intestinal infections, 72% less likely to suffer respiratory diseases such as asthma, 27% less likely to suffer from diabetes, and 36% less likely to die from SIDS. Breastfed babies are also reported to have less diaper rash, constipation, diarrhea and infections. Some studies suggest breast feeding may even higher IQ. Mothers who breast feed are less prone to type 2 diabetes as well as breast and ovarian cancer. Breast feeding also has two extra very cool perks for any new mom. One, breast feeding burns an extra 200-500 calories a day which helps shed baby weight faster, and two, breast fed babies’ diapers don’t stink as much!

Worried about Milk Supply?

Many women worry about milk supply, usually that they won’t produce enough due to breast size or other concerns. However milk supply is determined by supply and demand. The more your baby nurses the more your body will produce. As long as your baby appears content after feeding and is displaying proper weight gain for its age, it is getting enough milk. Even when an infant is not getting enough milk it’s usually a case of improper breast feeding position and not a low milk supply.

What are the proper positions?

There are four main positions that are most commonly used during breastfeeding; the cradle hold, the football hold, the cross-over hold and the reclining position.

The cradle hold- Baby’s head is supported by the crook of your arm while the free hand holds the nipple in position. Baby lies in front of you cradled in your arms.

The foot-ball hold- Mass of baby’s body is tucked under one arm and the head is supported by your hand.

Cross-over hold- Baby’s body is supported by one arm and its head by the other hand. This hold is similar to the cradle hold but offers more support.

Reclining position- The only lying position of the bunch. Lie on one side with your baby beside you. You may or may not support the baby’s head with your hand.

More in-depth explanations can be found below in sources and resource reading.

What should and shouldn’t I eat while breast feeding?

Any medications should be cleared through a medical professional, over the counter or not. Anything you consume while breast feeding will be transferred to your baby through your milk supply its important to be sure that even a medication that is safe for you, is safe for your baby as well.

As far as diet goes it’s important to maintain a healthy one including all of the five food groups. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, because Calcium is particularly important while breast feeding milk is an excellent choice. Doctors recommend an extra 500 calories a day to breast feeding mothers.

Comments

Breastfeeding is best for

Breastfeeding is best for baby! I do believe in this because I am a mom in my two kids and all of them are breastfeeding! They will be aware from sickness because a milk of a mom is more nutritious and healthy for our babies.

Breast feeding is way better

Breast feeding is way better for babies 1 to 4 years of age and bottle feeding is best for 4 years and above.

Thank you for this tips!

Thank you for this tips! Breastfeed is really nice for our babies because it can be away from sickness and it has no ingredients to make the baby allergy. It still best for the baby to be breastfeed at the age of two.