2 NEW Breastfeeding Guidelines, Tips and Benefits
Breastfeeding increases chances of your child’s survival 6 times than when you don’t.
Significantly, it reduces infection of respiratory tract which are the major killers.
Guidelines on Breastfeeding
Breastfeed as soon as possible after birth. Infant suckling stimulates milk production. The first colostrum contains antibodies and hormones required for growth of your infant.
So, breastfeed your child as evenly as possible. Mothers are advised to eat extra foods and a lot of fluids.
As a breastfeeding mother, you need to consume 500 extra calories per day!
Did you know…?
Nourished and malnourished mothers contain the same amount of milk?
Therefore, you should not give your infant(s) fluids until they are at the age of 4 – 6 months.
Supplementation will reduce the sucking times and hence, reduce the amount of milk you produce as a mother.
Tip 1: The side-lying position can help you get that elusive sleep but it can take some practice before mastering it.
Here are some tips to make side-lying more comfortable:
- Make sure your baby’s air pathway is clear.
- Baby slightly angled out in a “V” position will open up air pathway.
- When bringing baby to your breast, align baby’s nose to nipple and tummy to tummy.
- Place a pillow behind your back and slightly lean on it.
- If you have a bigger breast, it may help to roll up a burp cloth and place it under your breast to raise it off the bed. Just make sure it stays put and doesn’t cover the baby’s face.
Now, how will you know your baby is (still) hungry or full?
You may wonder if your baby is getting enough!
This is actually an effective way learned by some mothers in breastfeeding support groups.
Tip 2: Use your baby’s hands as a guide to determine how hungry they are! Their hands are almost like a gas gauge.
Next time you feed your little ones, notice how tighter their hands are at the beginning of a feed and slooowly start to loosen. By the end of the feed, baby’s hands should be nice and relaxed.
What Are The Benefits of Breastfeeding?
i.) Highly nutritious – Breastfeeding provides all the necessary nutrients, minerals needed for your child to grow.
ii.) Breast milk is highly available; every mother can breastfeed.
iii.) It reduces risks of infection since chances of contamination are low.
iv.) A special bond between you and your child which has a positive impact in the development of your child with regards to speech, well-being, behaviour and socialization.
v.) Breast milk is readily digestible.
Reasons For Not Breastfeeding
It could be due to illness or disease. This depends on the severity in infants of that disease. Make sure you seek help from health practitioners.
Social causes can also impact lack of breastfeeding due to advertisements.
Embracing western attitudes. Educate the mothers and leaders on the importance of breastfeeding.
Pregnancy (Reduce breastfeeding till stoppage)
Other reasons could be because of occupational issues. (They should do it whenever they are at home)