Breastfeeding – Complete Guide for Moms

Breastfeeding is exciting.When your baby is born,it is necessary to feed him or her with nature’s best formula.This is why most moms choose to breastfeed their newborns.In this breastfeeding guide we try to discuss the most important tips and information regarding breastfeeding a newborn which will be helpful if you are a new mom.

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Benefits Of Breastfeeding

When you’ve given birth, breastfeeding is the single most important thing you can do to protect your baby and help to promote good health. Best of all, breast feeding is free.

Other than saving you money on HMR (Human Milk Replacement), breastfeeding can also help you to keep your medical bills down. Babies that are fed with formula get sicker more often and more seriously than babies that are breast fed They also have more ear infections, respiratory infections, and other problems.

It is also known that breastfed babies develop antibodies and as a result,they do not have much allergies. When a baby is breastfed, the antibodies pass on from the mother to the baby, helping to protect against illness and allergies. As the baby’s system matures, his body will begin to make it’s own antibodies, and he’ll be more equipped to handle sensitivities of food.

Unlike formula, breast milk is always ready, always available, convenient, and always the right temperature for feeding. Plus, it contains all of the vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs, saving you a  lot of money.

Sucking on the breast will also help with the  development or jaw alignment and the development of the cheekbone. For this very reason, there is less
of the need for costly orthodontic work when the  child gets older.

Do you know that breastfeeding helps you too?

Breastfeeding also offers many benefits for the mom as well. The baby sucking at the breast will cause contractions right after birth, leading to less
bleeding for the mom, and helping her uterus to it’s shape before pregnancy much faster.

Breastfeeding will also burn calories, so a mom can lose weight much faster than if she fed her baby with a bottle. Breastfeeding will also create a special bond with the mother and the baby – which is one of the precious advantages of breastfeeding!

Getting Started With Breastfeeding

When you hold your baby for the first time in the delivery room, you should put his lips to your breast. Although your mature milk hasn’t developed
yet, your breasts are still producing a substance known as colostrum that helps to protect your baby from infections.

If your baby has trouble finding or staying on  your nipple, you shouldn’t panic. Breast feeding is an art that will require a lot of patience and a
lot of practice. No one expects you to be an expert when you first start, so you shouldn’t hesitate to ask for advice or have a nurse show you what you need to do.

Once you start, keep in mind that nursing shouldn’t be painful. When your baby latches on, pay attention to how your breasts feel. If the latching on
hurts, break the suction then try again.

You should nurse quite frequently, as the more you nurse the more quickly your mature milk will come in and the more milk you’ll produce. Breast
feeding for 10 – 15 minutes per breast 8 – 10 times every 24 hours is an ideal target. Crying is a sign of hunger, which means you should actually  feed your baby before he starts crying.

During the first few days, you may have to wake your baby to begin breast feeding, and he may end up falling asleep during feeding. To ensure that
your baby is eating often enough, you should wake him up if it has been four hours since the last  time he has been fed.

It is also necessary to get comfortable when you breastfeed.

Feedings can take 40 minutes or longer, therefore you’ll want a cozy spot. You don’t want to be sitting somewhere where you will be bothered, as it can make the process very hard.

Also read:

Breastfeeding tips for working moms

How to stop breastfeeding

How to feed a baby

How to introduce solid food for your baby

Mom Empower

Mom Empower is a fast growing platform for moms.The Mom Empower editorial team consists of contributors and parenting experts around the world.The editorial team is led by Amila Wickramarachchi.

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