Breastfeeding For Beginners Part 1

intro to breastfeedingThe best food you can possibly give to your tot is breast milk.   There are many health professionals and nutritionists who are of the same view as studies indicate that breastfeeding your baby for at least 3 months helps prevent gastroenteritis. Additionally, the risks of your infant contracting respiratory problems or ear related infections are lowered. As a complete source of food, breast milk is rich in nutrition, containing about 400 nutrients, as well as potent compounds and hormones that are missing in any milk formula. The wonderful thing is that breast milk adjusts itself according to the growing nutrition needs of your baby!

Why is Breast Feeding Important?
Breastfeeding your child is very important as it helps fight infections, develop the brain and finally it helps to create a lasting bond of love between the mother and the child.  Learning how to properly breastfeed initiates skin-to-skin contact, holding and cuddling. The mental preparations for breastfeeding should be carried out in advance of the child’s birth. Daddies should also be a part of the process and can actively help by looking up study materials that encourage their spouses to breastfeed.

How to be comfortable while breastfeeding?
Feeds may take between 7 and 40 minutes, so it is important that you choose a place where you are comfortable. The ambience is important too as in the initial days you will have to accustom yourself to the feeling. Looking for a quiet place helps. For those who may become easily bored, you can try sitting in front of the TV or in different spots in order to help you find the one that suits your needs. Hold the baby until your arms no longer feel sore or achy. Add support with cushions or you may even try the cradle position. The aim is to look out for a comfortable position both for you and for your baby. You should also focus on how it feels when you are breastfeeding. Your tiny tot should take only take in a mouthful of breast tissue or you may even give latching a chance to help the baby take on better.

While some women may adjust to breastfeeding easily, a lot of moms may end up feeling discouraged. This is when you should see a specialist for recommendations. There are even quite a few breastfeeding networks that can help you with useful information. There are also skilled supporters who are at hand, such as your GP, midwife or health visitor. Finally, it should be said that you should practice breastfeeding. Give it as much time as it takes and you should always remind yourself that whatever the problems are, they are temporary.

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