How Do I Know That My Baby Is Well Attached To My Breast?
The following are the signs of good attachment:
- The baby’s face is facing the breast
- The nipple and the most of the areola is inside the baby’s mouth
- The chin is touching the breast
- The nose is not blocked by breast
- You do not feel any pain
My Baby Goes To Sleep While Feeding. What Should I Do?
Most babies will close their eyes and appear to sleep after feeding for a few minutes. As long as the baby is making sucking movements in between, there is no need to do anything. If the baby goes to sleep and you feel that (s)he has not fed sufficiently (20-25 minutes), you may gently tickle him/her on the soles of the feet or the ears.
How Do I Know That My Baby Is Getting Enough Breastmilk?
A baby who is receiving adequate feeds will
- Sleep for 2-3 hours after a feed
- Make 6-7 wet nappies in 24 hours
- Gain weight
What Care Should I Take Of My Breasts During Feeding?
In order to avoid pain, soreness and cracks in the nipples, the following steps may be helpful:
Ensure that the baby is attached well to the breasts during feeding
- Wear a bra
- Do not wash or wipe the breasts/ nipples/ areola. Bathing once a day is sufficient.
- Do not apply any ointments to the breast. Instead, apply few drops of your breast milk to the areola and nipple after you feed the baby. You may also apply coconut oil to the nipple after feeding. These should not be cleaned before the next feed.
- While detaching the bay from the breast, you may put a finger into the baby’s mouth from the corner to break the strong seal and open his/her mouth.
While Feeding The Bay From One Breast, My Other Breast Stats Leaking Milk. What Should I Do?
It is normal to have a little milk coming out of the other breast while feeding from one breast. Do not switch breasts during feeding. Try to give one complete feed from one breast at one time.
My Milk Was Not Coming Well On The First Two Days After My Baby Was Born. Is This Normal? Do I Need To Give My Baby Any Other Food?
It is normal for most mothers to produce a very small quantity of thick, creamy milk in the first one or two days after the baby is born. This “milk” is known as colostrum and is very valuable to the baby for improving his/her immunity (resistance against diseases). The quantity that comes is more than enough for the baby and no additional liquids like water, glucose, animal milk, honey, ghutti etc needs to be given.
For How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby?
Your baby should receive exclusive breastfeeds for the first six month of life (exclusive means that the baby should not be given water even in summer, vitamins, ghutti or any feeds in addition to your milk). Thereafter, your baby’s doctor will advise complementary foods that can be given in addition to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should be continued for at least one year and if possible for two years.
Is It OK To Give My Baby A Bottle Once In A While?
Putting any other nipple other than yours into the baby’s mouth creates “nipple confusion” and makes the baby reject the breast over a period of time. Also, bottles, despite all modern techniques and gadgets, are impossible to clean thoroughly. You should therefore avoid using a bottle to feed your baby. If, for some reason, you are not able to breastfeed your baby, the best alternative to a bottle is to feed with a cup and spoon.
I Have Twins. Can I Breastfeed Both Of Them?
Breastfeeding twins require more work, more dedication and can be exhausting, but it can also be twice as rewarding! You may worry you won’t produce enough milk, but remember, increased suckling means increased milk being produced. While feeding twins can lead to sore nipples, proper latching and medical advice can help reduce problems. A flexible feeding schedule is a good idea, and is alternating breasts with every feeding, especially if one twin is a stronger feeder. Eating small meals more often and drinking more water or other fluids helps. Catch up on your sleep when the babies are sleeping. And ask your family to help with the chores as you spend time with your babies.