Breastfeeding the newborn
By Dr. MANU
This is Dr Manu, consultant Gynecologist in Chennai.
At the outset, I would like to welcome you to Dr Manu’s Gynecology Clinic. So, in this blog post we are going to discuss about breastfeeding your new born baby.
Breastfeeding has numerous advantages on your little loved one!. First and most importantly it gives nutrition and support for the growing child and next it helps in the emotional bonding
The WHO recommends exclusive breast feeding with mother’s milk in the 1st 4 months of the babies development. This is because the breast milk contains antibodies that confer a high degree of protection to the new born
Not just immunity, breastfeeding the child regularly has a number of health benefits like
- Breast milk contains all the nutrients for supporting the child’s first 4-6 months of development
- It helps with development of the Jaw
- Immunity is built
For the mother as well, regular breastfeeding of the baby helps in
- Reducing the risk of spontaneous bleeding immediately post delivery
- Also reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in the long run!
Normally after delivery, the first milk produced is thick and yellowish. It’s called the colostrum and it is highly rich in antibodies. It is very important that the newborn receives immediate breastfeeding post birth, since the colostrum will be gradually replaced with mature breast milk over the next few days
“WHO recommends 4 months of exclusive breastfeeding”
Good attachment –
Some quick tips that you should follow to ensure good attachment of the child include
- Sit comfortably upright
- Hold your baby close to you, while supporting your child’s neck and shoulders with your hand
- Remember to move your breast close to the baby and not vice versa
- Gently stroke the baby’s mouth with the area below the nipple, this will trigger the child to open the mouth wide
- Try to aim the nipple towards the roof of the baby’s mouth.
Babies tend to feed quite often usually about 8 to 12 times in a 24 hour period. A good sign to see if he is feeding well is to check if baby has at least 6-8 wet cloth nappies per day and reasonably contented. Remember one thing well, you never want to use pacifiers or artificial feeds, since this reduces not only the child’s dependency on breast milk but also reduces your milk secretion.
Breast feeding is a natural process but it is also a learning process. Be patient and tolerant, you may lose sleep during the night, but at the end of the day, that little baby in your hand is ‘a little world of your own’
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Yours with lots of love