What Do New Moms Need To Know About Breastfeeding?


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“Do you intend to breastfeed? It is not always easy, particularly at the beginning. Everything you need to know about nursing your newborn baby is right here.”

Breast Milk Comes In Three Stages

The nature of your breast milk changes week to week to fulfil the demands of your little one:

Colostrum. Your first breast milk is colostrum, a yellow liquid. Your newborn receives the adequate nutrition and protection it needs from the colostrum to fight off infections in the initial days. Your infant could just want a few teaspoons at a time since, for its age, even a small amount makes a big difference; therefore, that might be all you're going to make.

Transitional milk. Colostrum is replaced by transitional milk 3–5 days after birth. The intermediary period between colostrum and fully developed breast milk is known as "transitional milk," which appears like a mix of milk and orange juice and is exactly what the babies at that time require.

Mature milk. Mature milk usually arrives between the tenth day and the second week. It looks like runny skimmed milk since it is white and a little thinner than transitional milk.

Latching On Takes Practice

It takes some practice for most newborns to achieve a good latch. Latching on becomes second nature when you and your child get the knack for it. Here are some pointers:

Make yourself at home. Choose a seat or rocker with padded shoulders, spine, and neck.

Set it up. At all times, your newborn should be stomach to tummy with you. You might be forced to employ pillows to bring your baby to breast height.

Position your infant. Wait for a huge yawn while sliding your nipple across his lips backward and forward. Bring the infant to the breast rather than lowering yourself to it. This will avoid neck and back issues. His chin should rest on the breast, as should the tip of his nose.

Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Your Baby

Breast milk has several advantages for your baby's health and growth. It's perfect for giving your child the vitamins, hormones, and antibodies they require to stay fit and active.

Your first milk, known as colostrum, is "liquid gold" because it is high in nutrients and antibodies and aids in the growth and operation of babies' digestive systems. Your colostrum will mature into mature milk providing the ideal amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for your baby to grow throughout the first one to two weeks of life.

Jaw Development

Breastfeeding improves jaw development since it is more difficult for your infant to acquire milk from your breast than from a bottle. Breastfeeding (sucking and halting the supply of milk) improves your baby's jaw and promotes the development of straight, healthy teeth.

Physical Closeness

Skin-to-skin contact during nursing is essential for infants. It provides warmth, relaxation, and safety for your baby, and additionally, it boosts the amount of the chemical oxytocin in your body, which promotes comfort and the supply of breast milk.