Being a new mom, you may have already known that breastfeeding is best for your baby. Breast milk gives enough nutrition and immunity that for the first 4-6 months, breastfeeding babies do not need anything other than breast milk.
To help you make your initial efforts a success, here are some breastfeeding tips that you can follow.
- An hour after the delivery, you may begin breastfeeding your newborn. The yellowish milk a new mom produces in the first 3 days, called colostrum, is very healthy for the baby.
- You will know that your baby is getting enough breast milk when he or she urinates at least 6 times in 24 hours.
- Whenever your baby chooses to feed, allow him or her to do so. This is beneficial to both of you since more suckling allows you to produce more breast milk. Frequent feeding eases breast engorgement and breast infection.
- Make sure that your baby is getting enough fore milk as well as hind milk. Fore milk is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and proteins. It also quenches the baby’s thirst. On the other hand, hind milk is rich in fat and calories.
- To ensure that your baby is getting enough hind milk, breastfeed from one side until he or she leaves the breast deliberately.
Your breastfeeding session is one of the many bonding moments you can have with your little one. As much as possible, avoid bottle-feeding entirely. Some babies cannot tolerate bottle-feeding, which may lead to serious illness.