We all know breastfeeding is very important for all newborn babies development. However, breastfeeding is also very challenging for the new mothers. They have a lot of queries regarding their first time breastfeeding
I have answered those queries and hope you may gain some helpful insight into the matter.
Q1. When breast milk come in?
ANS: I heard a lot of questions regarding this matter. Generally, breast milk comes after colostrum. After your childbirth, your breast produces colostrum, which is thick, yellowish in color and rich with antibodies. Colostrum is very essential for a baby’s growth and mental development. Usually your body starts to produce milk a couple of days later after childbirth.
Q2. Is there any way to cure sore nipples?
ANS: Yes, there are ways to cure sore nipples. Usually, sore nipples happen due to unhygienic breast care. Wear quality nursing wears which are made of cotton or light fabric. Do not wear a tight-fitted nursing bra and change your nursing pads regularly. You should also change your breastfeeding position. Wash your breast nipples with gentle soap regularly. This way your sore nipple will heal gradually.
Q3. How will I have a good breastfeeding latch?
ANS: Breastfeeding should be done with much care and carefulness. Remember that, when you breastfeed your baby there will be no pain in your breast. If you feel any pain, then your breastfeeding is not happening properly. To obtain a good latch, open your baby’s mouth gently and put her/his mouth into the nipples. Make sure it fully covers the areola also. If his/her mouth is not open enough the latch will not be good and it can lead to sore nipples.
Q4. For how long should I breastfeed?
ANS: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you must breastfeed up to six months. There are no alternative foods for breast milk.
Q5. I’m ill, should I stop breastfeeding?
ANS: No you should not. If you are suffering from any serious health condition such as herpes, HIV, Tuberculosis, Cancer, you should stop breastfeeding. Otherwise, if you caught cold or fever, it will not put any harmful effect on your breast milk and breastfeeding.
Q6. How much should I feed my baby?
ANS: For the initial months, you should feed your baby 8-12 times a day. After 3-4 hours your baby will get hungry. Feed your baby as much as possible. Increase 30 ml of milk until she reaches the age of 6 months.
Breastfeeding can be a daunting task. While doing it, you need utter comfort with your body and mind. Choose the best breastfeeding tops, which will keep both you and your baby in comfort every time.
Their are lots of benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby and here I got a nice infographic which will let you know about those benefits
If you have any more question related to breastfeeding, then feel free to ask it on the comment section. I will happy to answer your question.
Author: Yan Gaviola, Philippines (Guest Author)