BreastfeedingBaby and breast are the perfect feeding team!
For the best nutrition, breastmilk is the best food to feed a baby. It is made specifically to meet the nutritional needs of babies. Human breastmilk changes as the baby grows to offer the best nutrients for the baby. It has over 1000 components - many of these have not been duplicated in infant formula. Baby and Breast- A Perfect Feeding Team
Over the past 25 years, research has continued to show that breastmilk is better than infant formula. In fact, more studies are released each year showing that there are health risks to the baby and the mother when they do not breastfeed.
Infant formula should be seen as a `safety net` for babies who cannot breastfeed and not as an equal replacement.
Many common illnesses, such as colds, flu, skin infections or diarrhea, cannot be passed through breast milk. In fact, if a mother has an illness, her breast milk will contain antibodies to it that will help protect her baby from those same illnesses.
Knowing what to expect and how to deal with setbacks in breastfeeding can help ease the adjustment that you and your newborn will go through as you take on breastfeeding. Nursing comes naturally but it does take a while for the mom and baby to get in sync with one another. How to breastfeed:
Get into a comfortable position. Whatever position is comfortable for you and for the baby is a good position to use.
Position your baby facing your nipple.
Support your breast with your free hand. Keep your fingers off your areola, which the baby needs to grasp.
Gently tickle the baby's lips with your nipple until the mouth is opened wide. Then, move your breast closer.
Don't stuff the nipple into an unwilling mouth. Let the baby take the initiative.
Make sure the baby latches on to the nipple and areola. Sucking on just the nipple will not compress the milk glands. It will also cause soreness and cracking.
If your breast is blocking your baby's nose, lightly depress the breast with your finger. Be careful not to loosen your baby's grasp of the areola.
If the baby has a strong steady rhythmic motion that is visible in the cheek, then most likely the baby is attached and sucking well.
When finished or repositioning the breast, don't yank your breast out of the baby's mouth. This will cause injury to the nipple.
Don't be tempted to skip or skimp on feedings because of pain. The less the baby eats, the worse the pain will be.
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How the Baby is Preparing for Breastfeeding
* Start as soon as possible after birth
* Be patient and calm
* Don't try to feed a screaming baby
* Ask for help when you need it
Breastfeeding is a learned skill that becomes easier over time. You are more likely to succeed with long-term breastfeeding by having a plan, becoming familiar with basic techniques, learning how to handle minor physical problems and getting help quickly when you need it.
Before they are born, babies begin learning important skills that will help them breastfeed. Teaching mothers about these skills can increase their confidence in the baby`s ability to nurse at birth.
- By the time a mother is 11 weeks (almost 3 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to swallow. Babies swallow amniotic fluid in the uterus.
- By the time a mother is 24 weeks (6 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to suck. Babies spend a lot of time with their hands close to their mouth before birth. Babies are often seen sucking on their thumb, fingers or hands during an ultrasound exam.
- By the time a mother is 32 weeks (8 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to root for the breast. The baby will turn its head if touched on the cheek and open its mouth if the bottom lip is tickled. By this time the baby can also suck and swallow in a coordinated way.
- By the time a mother is 37 weeks (9 months) pregnant, her baby has learned to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing so it can do all three when breastfeeding after birth. Babies practice shallow breathing before birth using amniotic fluid.
- Breastfeed your baby on demand rather than setting a strict schedule, especially in the first few months.
- Taking care of yourself will also help you to establish your milk supply. Eat right and get rest when you are able.
- Avoid bottle-feeding your baby breast milk until breastfeeding and milk supply are well-established, which is usually about 4 to 6 weeks. This helps build your milk supply. Not using bottles also helps prevent your baby from developing nipple confusion, which is a preference for an artificial nipple over the breast.
- Look for signs that your baby is getting enough milk, such as eagerness to eat and feeding sessions that last at least 15 to 25 minutes. By 6 days of age, your baby should need about 6 to 8 diaper changes, settle well after feeding and usually awaken on his or her own to feed every 1 to 3 hours. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
- Help clear blocked milk ducts by using warm compresses and massaging your breasts before and during feedings. Also, breastfeed more frequently and in different positions. Offer your baby the affected breast first at each feeding.
- You can help relieve the pain from sore or cracked nipples with drops of expressed breast milk or lanolin creams.
The color of your breastmilk
The first milk is called `colostrum.' Colostrum is a clear, yellowish fluid. It is rich in protein, nutrients and antibodies, which protect the baby from infection. By starting to nurse the baby right after birth, the baby will benefit from the colostrum and the `mature milk` will come in sooner. Colostrum changes to `mature milk` sometime in the first 1 to 7 days. Comments: Breastfeeding
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`Mature` breastmilk may look blue in color. The milk that comes out first during a feeding (foremilk) is thinner and watery. The milk toward the end of a feeding (hindmilk) looks thicker. It is richer and higher in fat. If a woman pumps her milk, the fat (or `cream`) will separate easily and rise to the top.
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110 days ago.
Just want to give a happy shout out to those who have chosen the au natural way to feed your babies! I have been breastfeeding for 4 years NONSTOP now, it will be 5 this November :) I have three precious baby boys and we are expecting our 4th little one late December! By the time I am finished nursing this LO I will have breastfed for nearly 8 and a half fantastic years! Not to say there havent been problems at the beginning, but for you new mommas experience the troublesome first few weeks: YOU CAN DO IT!!!! God Bless! ChristyTorres
502 days ago.
My little man (big man I should say) will be 8 months soon and we are still exclusively breastfeeding (no bottles, nothing) which can be a little stressful at times because I never get a break but the pros definetly outweigh the cons. Daniel is healthy, smart and extremely happy he says mama, dada and no. He is 28' and just under 26lbs in a size 6 diaper, but he's got a big booty and fat tummy:) he is so delicious. We can't go anywhere without getting stopped at least 5 times. I hope everyone else is having as good an experience as I am. I wish I could've done this well with my first but he did not like my milk the way this one does. eliciamadora
544 days ago.
6 months and going strong! :) lolab
560 days ago.
Thank you Lissie *team blue* for the information. I will keep a positive mind about nursing our 3rd baby. I'm relieved to know it's possible! :) Lissie****
565 days ago.
lolab// I have tumors in my right breast. They are benign and I am able to nurse. I have had a few issues with clogged milk ducts. I have been able to successfully nurse 3 babies and am currently nursing my 4th. I've had mastitis 2 times in that side and I think it has to do with the tumors. I was treated and healed fairly quickly with antibiotics. Obviously you may have something different but I just thought I'd sure my experience. Sorry for you stress :( lolab
575 days ago.
Hello Ladies! I hope somebody can help me out. I had a preterm baby and pumped for him but was unable to nurse him when he finally made it home. My second baby latched on within hours and I nursed him until he was 2(He is now 11). 2 years ago I had a biopsies on a suspicious lump in my breast. A year later another biopsies on the other breast. Everything ended up fine. My doctor told me yesterday that since I've had the biopsies that nursing may be more difficult this time around. She said since the duct could possibly have been punctured it won't work normally after. Has anybody had any experience with this? I couldn't even imagine not nursing our baby. elizabethdennis
617 days ago.
I am an advocate of breastfeeding. I truly believe in breast milk and the nutrients it provides to the baby. It my be difficult specially for first time moms but with support and encouragement, any mom could get through it. jamiee
695 days ago.
Is this forum not active anymore? With my son 4 years ago it was a non-stop chat room and really got me through my first year breastfeeding! lastflingoftheovary40
741 days ago.
I've found an answer to my own question...I am going to get permission from my diabetic midwife to start expression and freezing of colostrum at 35 weeks, which will give me one weeks worth ahead of surgery at 36 weeks, on the Proviso that if I get uterine cramping I will stop - here is a link in case anyone else is having the same dilemma....http://home.ca.inter.net/~jfisher/docs/Appendix%201%20-%20Antenatal%20Expression.pdf tschmitz
743 days ago.
Hi mommys! I need a little help, this is my third baby but first time breast feeding,my baby is almost two weeks and everything is going great, but i notice my boobs aren't hurting like they were before when they are full, could it be that I'm not getting enough milk production or just that you get used to the feeling or what? I'm just worried things are going so well i don't want to do anything wrong.she nurses about every two hours and about every for at night so i think she's nursing enough to keep up my supply but I'm not sure :/ lastflingoftheovary40
751 days ago.
I am currently 17 weeks and now type 2 diabetic, with my son I only had Gestational Diabetes and had section at 36 weeks. He hypo-ed shortly after birth as he had breathing and swallowing difficulties....I was only told after the event that I should have expressed colostrum ready to give him soon after birth.....has anyone else stockpiled colostrum for freezing, and at what week did you start to collect? Many thanks necole
755 days ago.
HI, IAM STILL BF MY 2YR OLD, SHES CURRENTLY ON THE MEND AFTER HAVING TONSILITIS AND DURING THIS TIME SHE WASNT FEEDING SO MY BREAST WERE GETTING FULL TO THE POINT WHERE I FELT THE GLANDS ARE LIKE ROCKS AS THE MILK IS BUILDING UP AND WAS REALLY PAINFULL..NEARLY MASTITIS....ANYWAYS THE QUESTION ID LIKE TO KNOW IS WHEN YOU STOP FEEDING THEM WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT THE COLLECTION OF MILK AND THE PAIN IN YOUR BREST WHEN UR BABY IS NOTFEEDING ANYMORE...I HAVE 3 KIDS AND NEVER BREASTFEED PAST 9WEEKS AS THEY WEENED OF IT THEMSELVES AND I NEVER HAD THAT MUCH MILK SO IT JUST WENT AWAY..THANK YOU anxiousmami
770 days ago.
Hi I wasnt really sure where to post this. I am still nursing my 20month old and I am expecting my 3rd in November. . . My 20month old nurses for comfort as far as im concerned because I dont see anything come out when I squeeze myself. . . I am worried cause is my almost 2y.o 'stealing' the colostrum? Or . . . what do I do if baby is born and I left nursing both babies? :( any mom have experience w/ this??? trying4second
804 days ago.
Need help please... I breastfed my first born for 9 + months and never had a problem. Now have a five day old and going through hell. She latches on great but I feel her gums while she is feeding and have been getting really bad sores on my nipples. I have been trying to tough it out until tonight where she was feeding and the sores on my nipples started bleeding and I am in quite alot of pain. I will have to give her formula for tonight, which I am so not comfortable with. BUT.. I really do not want to stop trying even if it means I have to pump for 6 months. Does anyone else have similar problems or any advice on how to solution the problem?
809 days ago.
Amanda - there really is not need to start BF so early since your body will automatically kick in and produce colostrum then milk once the baby is born. I have the Medela Pump N Style and HIGHLY recommend it. I normally pump for a good 20 min and can get several ounces. My baby was born 6 days ago and what I do is nurse then pump whatever she doesnt take. I got 2-3 oz of colostrum the first time i pumped at day 2 and now can get 6-10 oz of milk after a 20 min feeding on day 6!! I am a milk machine this time around and I'm shocked I can make so much but I dont use ANY formula and feed on demand weather its been 1 hr or 3 hrs. I'm planing on pumping twice a day when I feel fullest and nurse on demand during the day and night. I also do not recommend giving a bottle until well after your milk supply is established and baby has gotten comfortable with nursing. I gave my baby a bottle on day 2 of the colostrum I pumped and regretted it for 2 days bc babyhad such a hard time getting back on the nipple. It would take 30-40 min to get her on. Since stopping the bottle (i only gave her 2 bottles) i havent had any issues getting her latched on. Good luck and good for you for being so determined!! Froggymomma
812 days ago.
@amanda, try not to pump while prego...it will stimulate ur nipples and may cause early labor, jst start pumping after bebe is born to help milk come faste..i have medela and love it, good luck. Also anyone know tip on helping thrush on nipples?bebe n i are both being treated together but dont think its getting better i air dry wash with viniger wash in hot water, boil everything daily, use coconut oil, just looking for extra tips amandasun81
813 days ago.
Oh and I just read your are preggo again. Congratulations and I guess it would be fair to say, your brave!! lol amandasun81
813 days ago.
joannalyn thank you so much for the advice. I will start looking at those pumps. I want to have a duel, electric one. I also work nights at a hospital and we only get 30 minute lunch breaks so I need something fast. haha. I know this whole BFing thing is a hands on learning experience so I hope I will know when to pump and when not too. The clogged pores stories have me a little freaked out. Hope I dont suffer with that, I guess only time will tell. Thanks again and good luck with your output. I hear there is a great medication called Reglan that can bring back milk production. joannalyn
814 days ago.
Amanda: Medela! That's the pump I have and I think its awesome. I work over nights at a hospital and I think my pump is just as good as the hospital grade one. I am not sure if you'll be able to pump that early...? I didn't produce anything till Zoe was born; but you may be different. I am no BFing expert either - lol - but I am on my fourth month EBFing. Unfortunately I think I am going to have to move to supplementing with formula because I am starting to dry up myself :( amandasun81
814 days ago.
Hello Laidies, So right now I'm only 19 wks pregnant with my second baby and really want to succeed in Breast feeding. I breast fed my first but for only 3 weeks and I dried up. I was shocked that I did it that long sense I had a breast reduction at 22 years old. They told me I may not preoduce milk. Now that I know I can I think I dried up because I had no classes on it and my baby had low sugar when he was born so they gave him formula right away which I think made it hard from the beginning since from then on he wanted formula more than breast milk. On top of that he was lactose intolerant so I had to have him on a special formula which my doctor said my milk is much fattier so therefore some cases formula is best. My milk was making him spit up a lot as well as Similac Advance. So I'm wondering if I should try pumping around 36 weeks before baby is born? Would that help my milk produce better? And can anyone tell me a great breast pump to buy? Last time I got a real cheap one that took forever. I work so I will need to pump for my husband to care for this one on the nights I work. I really am going to try nothing but breast milk this time God Willing. I could use all the good pointers out there. Thanks so much. joannalyn
814 days ago.
Hi ladies - I am still exclusively breastfeeding my 4month old and am pregnant again! AHH! But, sadly, my milk supply is getting low:( I used to feed and pump like a champ and now I am living feeding to feeding. Any suggestions on safe ways to increase my flow again whilst pregnant? Also, has anyone heard that conceiving while EBFing increases the odds of twins? I have my first appt on Friday but I have a feeling its twins! juliasmommy*blue*
818 days ago.
Well, since I've already put it all out there, figured I'd update. The last LC I saw noticed that Acy has a high palette. So he is rubbing my nipple on the roof of his mouth when he eats. So that is probably causing a lot of irritation. Hopefully he will grow out of it or I will at least become accustomed to it. I can live with it now that I now what's going on. I also still have the blocked pores and am thinking that since he is turning the nipple up to the roof of his mouth, they will probably not release from him eating because they are constantly getting pinched. So I am going to try to soak and warm compress first and then pump a few times to see if that will pull them out. Really hoping because that is a major source of the pain. Wish, pray, cross your fingers, whatever you do... can use all the positive thoughts out there! amandafeedstart
825 days ago.
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832 days ago.
Gavedi - Thanks, I just started using that Wednesday. It's not helped yet. Actually all I keep thinking is that I can't believe how inflamed the end of my nipples look. And just when you think (or hope) it can't get worse... now it is both sides. There is no comfortable way to nurse him at all. I saw the lactation consultant on Tuesday and she didn't seem to think there was any problem with the latch. I started taking Lecithin, I use the APNO after each feeding, and I am soaking in hot water before each feeding. Nothing yet. I cry at least twice a day out of shear frustration. Second to having a healthy baby, during my pregnancy, I wished that BF would be easier this time around... it's way harder :`( gavedi
833 days ago.
I have been having problems with breastfeeding, mostly really painful nipples. I went to my doctor and asked him to write me a prescription for the all purpose nipple ointment or APNO. Here is a link: http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76:all-purpose-nipple-ointment-apno&catid=5:information&Itemid=17. Print these pages out and take them to your doctor. The ointment is fantastic. It works better than any lanolin cream out there. And you don't have to use lots. I put it on my nipples after each breastfeeding session. Good luck!