Breast Feeding - The Easy Ways
- 9 Months ago
Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually, all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have knowledge, and the support of their family.
Colostrum is the first milk which is yellowish and sticky, expressed after child birth. It is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn. Feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
Good positions for breastfeeding
When it comes to positions for breastfeeding, being comfortable and being able to get your baby to the breast easily are the two things that really count.
Finding a position you are happy with will make it easier for you to latch your baby on to your breast.
1.Lying down - with your bodies parallel can be a comfortable position.
2.Holding your baby across your lap, using the opposite arm as the breast he is feeding from, can help the baby to drink milk easily.
3.Holding your baby across your lap, supporting him with the same arm as your breast.
4.Holding him underarm, sitting cross-legged on the side of the bed, or using two chairs at right angles.
5.And if you have twins and want to feed them together - any combination is possible.
Will breastfeeding change the appearance of my breasts?
Many women worry that if they breastfeed, their breasts will sag and become unattractive. The truth is that a number of factors namely age, weight gain or loss, pregnancy, the effects of gravity, and yes, breastfeeding all affect the way your breasts look.
During pregnancy, your breasts prepare for nursing by becoming larger, while your nipples and areola get darker. Several days after birth, your breasts become fuller and heavier with the milk.
Approximately 10 to 14 days after birth, your breasts return to the approximate size they were during pregnancy, and stay that way until you wean your baby.
When you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, your breasts will most likely return to their pre-pregnant size. They probably would not be quite as "firm" as they were before you were pregnant. In the six months or so after weaning, fatty tissue will gradually replace the milk-producing tissue in your breasts, leaving them feeling fuller. Exercise can also strengthen the pectoral muscles underneath the breasts and so improve their shape and appearance.
Breastfeeding is the best diet for your child, never ignore it's importance!