As a new mom, or indeed a second-time mom, you probably have questions about breastfeeding. Did you know that if one feeding technique worked for your first baby, it might not work for the next? So, it’s natural that any new mom may ask her doctor “when should I start nursing my child?” And, if you are one of these moms, or are only searching for some general information about breastfeeding, reading this post could be a great idea. Here, we address some important questions about breastfeeding.
1. When to begin?
Ideally, moms should breastfeed their infants the moment their baby’s born. A newborn will look for the breast to suckle as soon as he makes skin-to-skin contact with his mom’s body. Researchers believe that you need to observe your little one closely, and feed him as soon as you feel he is ready for your breastmilk. In fact, the mother’s first milk, the antibody-rich colostrum, is crucial for an infant’s health.
2. Immediate breastfeeding- why it is important?
You need to nurse your newborn within the first year, as:
- It helps forge a mom-baby bond immediately.
- Colostrum contains essential nutrients and antibodies that fight disease-causing infections.
- Breastmilk stimulates a baby’s digestive processes.
- You can overcome and address any sucking difficulties your baby has right away, to help minimize future problems.
3. What if your baby can’t latch on?
Babies are quite good at latching on and don’t have to face many problems. But if he simply can’t latch on, you can:
- Pump some breast milk into your infant’s mouth. While it may stimulate your newborn to seek the breast, be very careful, the baby doesn’t choke on the milk.
- Try rubbing his tummy and legs, to wake him up and seek the breast.
- Maintain skin-to-skin contact with your baby, and try to stimulate him.
4. Who will help you?
Some of the best people to get any nursing advice from, will typically, include:
- Lactation consultants
- Midwife or doula
- Your pediatrician
5. After a cesarean section:
If you are among the three out of 10 women to opt for a C-section, all the natural processes may be delayed, or a bit complex.
A C-section birth can affect breastfeeding in several ways. Some include:
- Your baby’s feeding behavior may change if you were anesthetized.
- You may have to feed your baby while the doctor stitches you up.
- Your doula will have to be at your side, in case you need medications.
6. Some Breastfeeding Tips:
And, finally. Here are some tips on breastfeeding that you ought to know:
- Breastfeeding a newborn within the first hour of his life has several benefits for him.
- Don’t use bottles, as this may hinder proper latching and lead to future problems.
- Avoid formula food as it may endanger your baby.