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Breastfeeding Problems. Tips for problem free breastfeedingBY: Jessica | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-09-08
Irrespective of all the breastfeeding problems that women face, breastfeeding is the most natural way to bond with your baby. Pediatricians strongly recommend mothers to breastfeed their child for at least up to a year if not more, this is mainly because breast milk is the ideal food for a new born, it has all the nutrients that a new born needs.
A baby does not necessarily need any other supplements for atleast first six months if the mothers milk is sufficient. Also, breast milk protects the child form infections, allergies and several other diseases. Breastfeeding is an art which both mother and child master over time. Some mothers do not face any breastfeeding problems and the process is started smoothly right after the child is born. Where as others might have some problems and may not be successful right away. It is a natural art that might take some time but eventually both mother and the child will learn this art. Some other benefits of breastfeeding are that it is absolutely convenient, you don't have to prepare milk or sanitize those bottles or carry a bottle of milk wherever you go. Also it is the cheapest and the most nutritious way to feed your child which not only gives your child all that a child needs but also makes you bond with the new born baby.
TIPS TO PROBLEM FREE BREASTFEEDING
Position the baby correctly:
This is were most mothers facing breastfeeding problems go wrong, it is very important to position the child correctly. The correct position is to hold the baby with one hand and your breast with the other. Now tickle the baby's lips with your nipple and as soon as the baby opens its mouth, get the baby's body closer and put the mouth over your nipple. A good portion of your nipple should be inside the baby's mouth, if you are feeling uncomfortable then put a finger in the corner of the baby's mouth and break the suction and try again. Make sure that the baby latches on to your nipple properly.
Increase the supply of milk:
In order to increase the milk supply one should exclusively breastfeed the child for atleast 6 to 8 weeks. Do not offer bottle milk as far as possible so that your milk supply boosts up. Nursing triggers milk supply, the more you'll nurse more the milk supply will be.
Use both your breasts for feeding:
Start nursing the baby from one breast and then switch to the other breast after some time. The next time you breastfeed the child, start with the breast that you last finished with. It is important to nurse the baby from both the breasts during each feeding time. Usually an average feeding time lasts from 25 to 30 minutes.
Nurse more frequently:
Human milk is more easily digested and so the baby needs to be fed more often than you can think. Sometimes they even need to be fed 10 to 12 times a day and it is absolutely normal to do so.
Avoid the use of soap on your nipples:
Soap can dry out your nipples therefore, avoid the use of soap on your nipples.
Nipples need to be air dried:
Doctors recommend that nipples should be air dried after each feed before covering them back with clothes. This is important so that the nipples do not get infected. Also, do not continue the use of wet breast pads and change them as soon as you feel the moisture in them.
How to heal soar nipples?
This the most common breastfeeding problem that most nursing mothers face. The main cause of soar nipples is the incorrect positioning of the baby while feeding. For a problem free breastfeeding, always position the baby correctly in a position in which both of you are comfortable, also, do not pull your nipple from the baby's mouth, this leads to damaging of the nipples. Unlatch yourself from the baby by putting a finger in the corner of the baby's mouth and then remove the nipple. One of the most effective natural way of healing soar nipples is by treating them with your own milk. After air drying the nipples, extract a small amount of milk and rub it back on to your nipple
Choose the correct nursing bra:
In order to avoid discomfort, always wear the right size bra. The best way to go about this is to buy a bra size and cup size bigger than your pregnancy bra. This is because the breast size increases soon after delivery due to the supply of milk. Always choose a cotton bra over a nylon one, also look for comfortable opening and closing for nursing purpose.
Always watch out for clogged ducts because if not treated on time, they can lead to infection. One of the warning sign is pain, plugged ducts can be very painful and need immediate attention. Massage the breast in circular motion and feed your child on the same side more frequently. Plugged ducts are caused due to tight clothes, exhaustion or long periods without nursing. Therefore, a baby nursing more frequently on the side of plugged duct will help to clear out the breast and relieve you from pain.
All the above tips are important for a problem free breastfeeding but a doctor must be seen if none of the above tips are working for you. I am not a doctor.
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