DO'S AND DONT'S OF BREAST FEEDING
Some useful info

First time mothers are overly conscious with breast feeding and consider this as a dreaded practice that appears incredibly scary to them. However adhering to some common Do's and Dont's of breast feeding will alleviate this fear.

  • The mother should not be given glucose, sugar, jaggery, plain water or honey prior to first breast feeding session.

  • The baby is to be breast fed within half an hour of delivery. Immediately following delivery, the baby should be held close to the mother to provide skin to skin body contact that will build trust in the baby and prompt him to latch on the nipples.

  • The highly protective and nutritious colostrum should only be fed to baby in scant amount for the first 2 to 3 days post delivery.

  • The baby should always be kept in the same bed as of mother.

  • The baby is to be breastfed whenever he is hungry without any restriction of time.

  • Professional help should be sought from a lactation specialist while in hospital itself. A breastfeeding expert should evaluate your technique and guide accordingly.

  • Number of visitors visiting the newborn should be limited to make room for more nursing opportunities as well as to allow the mother child bond to strengthen adequately.

  • Mothers and babies should be made to sleep side by side to provide opportunity for mothers to take rest while the bay nurses.

  • The use of artificial nipples should be avoided.

  • The baby is to be nursed according to his demands ranging up to 12 feedings in a day. The baby will be satisfied and the milk supply will increase to meet the growing demand of baby.

  • The baby should not be allowed to sleep while being fed.

  • The baby should be nursed for as long as he wants. Too many restrictions should not be imposed on the length and frequency of breastfeeding.

  • The mother should learn to express breast milk and store it.

  • The infant should not be given gripe water, tonics or glucose water for teething.

  • The breast milk is to be exclusively fed to baby till he is about six months old. Honey, top milk, water, vitamins and almonds should not be supplied to baby in this duration.

  • A crying or screaming baby should be rocked, consoled and soothed before being breast fed.

  • If the baby is not latching on well, medical help should be sought to help proper latch on and compression of the breast should be used to get the baby more milk.

  • Breastfeeding should continue until the second birthday of baby before complete weaning.

  • Creams should not be applied on cracked or sore nipples.

  • In case the mother experiences pain, the baby is to be detached gently before retrying.

  • Various breast feeding positions should be tried for baby to choose the most comfortable one.

  • The baby's mouth should always be brought up to nipples height with his jaws fixed around the areola. The baby should not be leaned over.

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