- Breast feeding is a complete source of nutrition for the first 4 - 6 months of your babys life
- Be comfortable with your choice to breast feed then sit comfortably and relax to establish breastfeeding.
Three significant factors in the success of establishing breastfeeding are:
Efficient milk removal
Requires good attachment and effective sucking
When your milk is 'in' feed long enough to clear foremilk (carbohydrates and sugars) and hind milk (fat and protein) from one breast before changing to the other breast. The times vary with each baby but this usually takes 35 - 40 minutes in their first 6 weeks.
Express a small amount to create softness in the nipple area if it is firm and preventing the baby to latch.
Frequency of milk removal
Feed approximately every 3 hours during the day and whenever your baby wakes overnight during the first 3-4 months.
- Be organised and have things you will need within arms reach. This would include things you may need for your toddler as well.
- All is not right with breast feeding when you experience any of the following.
- Cracks, blisters, abrasions, itching or tender nipples
- Painful lump(s) in your breast. The lump can be usually released within 24 hrs with warmth and gentle massage and continued feeding or expressing.
- Reddened, hot and painful area on your breast with or without suffering from general headaches and flu like symptoms
- A baby who is continually asking to be fed more than every 3 hours during the day and has poor weight gain
- An unsettled baby that doesn't relax after a feed
If you do experience any of the above, we recommend you seek professional help from your Child Health Nurse, Lactation Consultant or General Practitioner.
- If you are feeling self conscious about feeding in public, try draping a soft scarf over your shoulder and breast while you are feeding.
- Enjoy your breastfeeding journey and share your experiences and concerns with your Child Health Nurse, Lactation Consultant, GP and mothers groups.
For more information about breastfeeding? Visit Breastfeeding Simply! or for more information on breast feeding and everything else relating to a babies normal development read 'mum & baby together we learn'
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