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BREASTFEEDING. IT TAKES ALL OF US

Breastfeeding 101

When you have a basic understanding about the important qualities of breastmilk, breastfeeding and your breastfed baby will help you enjoy every moment, knowing that you are nourishing and nurturing your baby in the best way possible. Here are some breastfeeding 101 important facts and helpful tips.

Nursing Manual

Your breast milk is nature’s perfect food. It also gives your baby the best start in life.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months, followed by the introduction of adequate, nutritious complementary foods along with sustained breastfeeding up to two years of age and beyond. It is also important to know that breastfeeding benefits both you and your baby. Find out more benefits and tips by clicking download.

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Breastmilk changes to expect

Understanding breastfeeding includes understanding the different stages of breastmilk. Colostrum, also referred to as "first milk," has more benefits than most people do realize. After giving birth, your very first drops of colostrum are providing a boost to building a strong immune system for your baby. Each feeding over the next 3 to 5 days will be rich in proteins, vitamins, prebiotics and special fatty acids, especially suited for your newborn. Colostrum is a yellowish or creamy color and thicker than the “transitional milk”.

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Positioning pointers for breastfeeding

Planning with a few comfortable positions will make breastfeeding more enjoyable for both of you. Here are some positioning pointers to consider:

Being left or right handed may influence the feeding positions you choose when holding your baby to breastfeed. This may mean you use different holding positions depending on which arm you use to support your baby. Holding with one arm may get tiring, so have a favorite and second position in mind to switch easily, if needed.

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Breastfed babies diapers

Breastmilk has natural properties that help produce regular stools and clear out the meconium, your newborn’s earliest stool resulting from what he ingested during pregnancy. What to expect from you baby's dirty diapers:

  • The first 48 hours will produce tarry black stools. One stool within the first 24 hours then two stools the next day is typical.

  • By the third day, expect to change three stooled diapers or more each day.

  • Three or more yellow seedy stools, each day, during the first 4 to 6 weeks is a good sign of a well-fed breastfed baby.

Skin-to-skin breastfeeding benefits

Skin-to-skin, also referred to as “kangaroo care”, recognized as being most beneficial for Mom and baby. Here are some benefits of skin-to-skin breastfeeding:

  • Supports stabilizing your baby’s heart rate and body temperature.

  • Improves baby’s breathing pattern.

  • Improves his deep sleep time so he has better rested and prepared for feedings.

  • Decreases your stress response and has a calming effect on you both.

  • Increases your milk supply.

Keeping up your energy while breastfeeding

Breastfeeding requires more energy from you. You will need about 500 extra calories each day to keep up with the demands of producing milk. Use those calories wisely by adding nutrient dense foods to your diet.

Quick healthy snacks for you might include:

  • Whole grain crackers with low fat cheese and sliced tomatoes or fresh fruit.

  • Low-fat yogurt or a fruit smoothie (add nuts, seeds or nut butter for more protein).

  • A hardboiled egg or half of a tuna salad sandwich.

  • A mix of almonds or walnuts and dried cherries or cranberries.

Common concerns on breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is well worth the practice and patience for your baby’s nutrition. Get some answers about common concerns that breastfeeding moms have, such as sore nipples, breast engorgement, rapid milk ejection, Slow-milk-ejection reflex, Leaking milk, and others.

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Baby's development during the first three months

Your baby is growing rapidly throughout his first years of life. A healthy full-term baby will typically double his birth weight at six months, triple at one year and almost quadruple before he turns three. That is why keeping track of his height and weight is so important to your baby's growth and development.

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