What are the benefits of breastfeeding for Your Baby?
Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. vitamins, protein, and fat-everything your baby needs to grow. And it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula. Antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.
Breastfeeding burns has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies. Skin-to skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure. It’s been thought to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers as well, but more research is needed.
Are there breastfeeding benefits for the mother?
Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. it releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may
nursing. reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.
What’s the best position for breastfeeding?
The best position for you is the one where you and your baby are both comfortable and relaxed, and you don’t have to strain to hold the position or keep nursing. Here are some common position for breastfeeding your baby:
- Cradle position : Rest the side of your baby’s head in the crook of your elbow with his whole body facing you. position your baby’s belly against your body so he feels fully supported. You other, “free” arm can wrap around to support your baby’s head and neck-or reach through your baby,s legs to support the lower back.
- Football position : Line your baby’s back along your forearm to hold your baby like a football, supporting his head and neck in your palm. This works best with newborns and small babies. It’s also a good position if you’re recovering from a cesarean birth and need to protect your belly from the pressure or weight of your baby.
- Side-lying position : This position is great for night feedings in bed. Side-lying also works well if you’re recovering from an episiotomy, an incision to widen the vaginal opening during delivery. Use pillows under your head to get comfortable. Then snuggle close to your baby and use your free hand to life your breast and nipple into your baby’s mouth. Once your baby is correctly “latched on,” support your baby’s head and neck with your free hand so there’s no twisting or straining to keep nursing.
What are some common challenges with breastfeeding?
- Sore nipples you can expect some soreness in the first weeks of breastfeeding. Make sure baby latches on correctly, and use one finger to break the suction of your baby’s mouth after each feeding. That will help prevent sore nipples. If you still get sore, be sure you nurse with each breast fully enough to empty the milk ducts. If you don’t, your breasts can become engorged, swollen, and painful. Keeping you nipples dry and letting them “air dry” between feedings helps, too. Your baby tends to suck more actively at the start. So begin feedings with the less-sore nipple.
- Dry, cracked nipples avoid soaps, perfumed creams, or lotions with alcohol in them, which can make nipples even more dry and craked. You can gently apply pure lanolin to your nipples after a feeding, but be sure you gently wash the lanolin off before breastfeeding again changing your bra pads often will help your nipples stay dry. And you should use only cotton bra pads.
- Worries about producing enough milk. A general rule of thumb is that a baby who’s wetting six to eight diapers a day is most likely getting enough milk. Avoid supplementing your breast milk with formula, and never give your infant plain water. Good nutrition, plenty of rest, and staying well hydrated all help, too.
- Pumping and storing milk You can get breast milk. by hand or pump it with a breast pump. It may take a few days or weeks for your baby to get used to breast milk in a bottle. So begin practicing early if you’re going back to work. Breast milk can be safely used within in 2 days if it’s stored in a refrigerator. You can freeze breast milk for up to 6 months. Don’t warm up or thaw frozen breast milk in a microwave. That will destroy some of its immune-boosting qualities.
- Inverted nipple. An inverted nipple doesn’t poke forward when you pinch the areola, the dark skin around the nipple. A lactation consultant-a specialist in breastfeeding education-can give simple tips that have allowed women with inverted nipples to breastfeeding successfully.
- Breast engorgement. Breast fullness is natural and healthy. It happens as your breasts become full of milk, staying soft and pliable. But breast engorgement means the blood vessels in your breast have become congested. This traps fluid in your breast and makes them feel hard, painful, and swollen. Alternate heat and cold, for instance using ice packs and hot showers, to relieve mild symptoms. It can also help to release you milk by hand or use a breast pump.
- Blocked ducts A signal sore spot on your breast, which may be red and hot, can signal a plugged milk duct. This can often be relieved by warm compresses and gentle massage over the area to release the blockage. More frequent nursing can also help.
- Breast infection (mastitis). This occasionally results when bacteria enter the breast, often through a cracked nipple after breastfeeding. If you have a sore area on your breast along with flu-like symptoms, fever, and fatigue, call your doctor. Antibiotics are usually needed to clear up a breast infection, but you can most likely continue to breastfeed while you have the infection and take antibiotics. To relieve breast tenderness, apply moist heat to sore area four times a day for 15 to 20 minutes each time.
- Being overly anxious or stressed can interfere with your let-down reflex. That’s your body’s natural release of milk into the milk ducts. It’s triggered by hormones released when your baby nurses. It can also be triggered just by hearing your baby cry or thinking about your baby. Stay as relaxed and calm as possible before and during nursing-it can help your milk let down and flow more easily. That, in turn, can help calm and relax your infant.
- Premature babies may not be able to breastfeed right away. In some cases, mothers can release breast milk and feed it through a bottle or feeding tube.
- Warning signs. Breastfeeding is a natural, healthy process.But call your doctor if:
- Your breasts become unusually red, swollen, hard,or sore.
- Your have unusual discharge or bleeding from your nipples.
- You’re concerned your baby isn’t gaining weight or getting enough milk.
How often should I breastfeed my baby?
- Your baby get more colostrum which helps to build her immunity.
- Your milk supply is regulated according to your baby’s needs. Your baby gains weight faster.
- It lowers your newborn’s risk of getting jaundice. it lowers your chances of having engorged breasts.
- Your baby is likely to be less upset which in turn lessens the temptation to formula-feed your baby. It helps you bond better with your baby.
- You are likely to breastfeed your baby for longer time.
What to expect after a vaginal delivery?
Your newborn may be your top priority-but postpartum care counts, too from vaginal soreness to urinary problems, here’s what to expect as you recover from a vaginal delivery
Pregnancy changes your body in more ways than you might have guessed, and it doesn’t stop when the baby is born. Here’s what to expect after a vaginal delivery.
If you had an episiotomy or vaginal tear during delivery, the wound might hurt for a few weeks. Extensive tears might take longer to heal. In the meantime, you can help promote healing:
If sitting is uncomfortable, sit on a pillow or padded ring.
Use a squeeze bottle to pour warm water over your vulva as you’re urinating.
Cool the wound with an ice pack, take pain relievers or stool softeners as recommended by your health care provider.
You’ll have a vaginal discharge (lochia) for a number of weeks after delivery. Expect a bright red, heavy flow of blood for the first few days. The discharge will gradually taper off, becoming watery and changing from pink or brown to yellow or white.
Contact us if:
- You have heavy vaginal bleeding
- The discharge has a foul odor
- You have a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
You might feel contractions, sometimes called after pain, during the first few days after delivery. These contraction-which often resemble menstrual cramps – help prevent excessive bleeding by compressing the blood vessels in the uterus
Contact your health care provider if you have a fever or if your abdomen is tender to the touch.
Swelling or bruising of the tissues surrounding the bladder and urethra can leadto difficulty urinating.
Contact your health care provider if you have any signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection. For example:
A strong, persistent urge to urinate
A burning sensation when urinating
Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
Pregnancy and birth stretch the connective tissue at the base of the bladder and cause nerve and muscle damage to the bladder or urethra. In the meantime, wear sanitary pads and do Kegel exercises to help tone your pelvic floor muscles.
To do kegels, tighten your pelvic muscles as if you’re stopping your stream of urine.
Hemorrhoids and bowel movements
If you notice pain during bowel movements and feel swelling near your anus, you might have-stretched and swollen veins in anus or lower rectum.
If you find yourself avoiding bowel movements out of fear of hurting your perineum or aggravating the pain of hemorrhoids or you episiotomy wound, take steps to keep your stools soft and regular. Eat foods high in fiber-including fruits, vegetables and whole grains-and drink plenty of water. Ask your health care provider about a stool softener or an osmotic laxative, if needed.
Inability to control bowel movements (fecal incontinence). Frequent kegel exercises can help with mild fecal leakage.
Sore breasts and leaking milk
Your breasts might become firm, swollen and tender (engorgement).place cold washcloths or ice packs on your breasts. Over-the-counter pain relievers might help, too.
wear a firm, supportive bra, such as sports bra, to help stop milk production.
Don’t pump or rub your breasts, which will cause your breasts to produce more milk.
If your breasts leak between feeding, wear nursing pads inside your bra to help keep your shirt dry.
If you’re not breast-feeding your baby, wear a firm, supportive bra to help stop milk production.
Hair loss and skin changes
During pregnancy, elevated hormone levels put normal hair loss on hold. The result is often an extra-lush head of hair-but now it’s payback time. Hair loss typically stops within six months.
Expect any skin that darkened during pregnancy-such as the line down your abdomen (lineanigra)-to slowly fade as well.
The postpartum checkup
About six weeks after delivery, your health care provider will check your vagina, cervix and uterus to make sure you’re healing well. He or she might do a breast exam and check your weight and blood pressure, too. This is a great time to talk about resuming sexual activity, birth control, breast-feeding and how you’re adjusting to life with a new baby. You might also ask about kegel exercises to help tone your pelvic floor muscles.
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