EXPERTS SPEAK ON “BREAST FEEDING: BREAST MILK IS THE BEST FOOD FOR YOUR BABY”
Motherhood – at time of great happiness, of caring, but also of great responsibility. First-time mothers have often been told to forget their own sleep, to eat out of a very limited choice of food, to restrict their daily activities, and have been many more pieces of such advice. This is particularly true when it comes to feeding the baby. However, some of this is good advice, some is not.
Here, our experts have tried to answer various questions one may have about breastfeeding. They have tried to explain ways to successfully breastfeed your baby, problems that you may face and how to cope with them.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT BREASTFEEDING
- Breastmilk – Protective Nourishment
Breastmilk is the best milk for your baby. It provides him/her with all nutrients that his/her body needs in the correct proportions and protects him/her from infection.
- Breastfeeding – The Health Investment for Life
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life also protects your baby from high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attacks later in life. Breastmilk contains certain nutrients which help your baby’s brain to grow. You can therefore consider exclusive breastfeeding to be a lifelong health investment for your baby.
- Breastfeeding Protects You Too!
Breastfeeding also benefits you by protecting you from certain cancers (of the uterus and breast) and also helps you to shed excess weight you have put on during pregnancy.
- How to Breastfeed
For successful breastfeeding, you should try to put the baby to the breast as early and as frequently as possible. Doctors and nurses in the labour room and ward will help you to establish this feeding as early after birth of your baby as possible.While feeding your baby, you should be sitting or lying in a comfortable posture, well supported by cushions and pillows. The baby’s face should directly face the breast and his/her stomach should be facing yours. His/her head and body should be in the same straight line. Touching the nipple to the baby’s cheek will make him/her turn his/her head towards the nipple and open his/her mouth. Put the nipple and areola into the baby’s mouth and allow him/her to suck. The baby’s nose should be kept clear by holding the breast so that (s)he can breathe.Allow the baby to suck for as long as (s)he wants to (usually 20-25 minutes). Sometimes the baby may appear to sleep although (s)he will keep making sucking movements now and then.
After the baby has been fed, burp him/her.