With a new baby, comes new responsibilities and experiences especially if it is your first time giving birth. One of the many wonderful things you will be experiencing is breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beautiful things in the world. It’s a way for a mother to connect with her baby as well as nourish them. But for some women it can be a bit of a problem such as not being able to produce enough milk or know what foods to eat to get more milk.
Listed below are many of the benefits plus we address the most common concerns of breast milk feeding:
This is a very important concern as a mother and rightly so.
Truth be told, let your baby guide you in terms of how much to feed. Feed your baby as often as you can and if he/she pulls away then don’t force feed. Babies feed up to 16- 18 times a day so you have to be mentally prepared for this. Focus on the frequency and not on the amount. Sometimes they will just drink a little and be satiated and other times a little bit more. As your baby grows, the frequency will become less because you will be feeding it other things such as juices and baby food etc. Here are some signs that your baby is getting enough milk:
When breast milk feeding, whatever you eat, its nutrients get absorbed into the milk that you lactate so it is always a good idea to frequently eat those healthy and nutrient rich foods that will be the building blocks of your child’s health.
Except for vitamin D, breast milk contains almost every other nutrient that is essential for a baby’s growth.It is important to mention that many mothers think about dieting soon after giving birth so that they shed off the pregnancy pounds and end up doing these diets with food restriction.
This is not a healthy approach because starving yourself will produce less milk. Just have a healthy and balanced diet so that you and the baby are not deprived of any nutrients. Here are some foods that you must stock up on so that your baby is getting ample of vitamins and minerals.
Yes, it is possible to run out of milk while breast milk feeding but this is nothing to be alarmed about. This may happen because your baby is having a growth spurt and has increased the feeding sessions.
The human body is a very adaptable so the more you nurse your baby, the more it will produce. Usually the only time you will run out of milk is when you are not eating enough of the right foods.
A slight pain during breast milk feeding is completely normal as the nipple gets sucked by the baby. But the pain and discomfort goes away after the first minute as you get eased into it. But if the pain persists and you have a painful experience every time you breastfeed and soreness around the nipples then you may have mastitis.
It is an infection of the milk ducts. Get your self checked by the doctor if you have mastitis immediately. But the good news is that you should continue breastfeeding as it helps in clearing up the infection.
Other possible factors include sore breasts which is quite common. This is because the ducts have become clogged. You should take warmer showers and massage your breasts gently but firmly multiple times a day.
Breast milk feeding is a true bonding experience for mothers and babies. Don’t stress, enjoy the satisfaction of the experience knowing your baby will benefit in many ways.