of Breast feeding
practice of breast-feeding is beneficial not only
for your baby but also to you and your family.
in right quantity, at right time, at
digestible as it contains digestive
enzymes. (Lipase and lactase).
polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are
necessary for your baby’s brain development.
immunoglobulin, white blood cells and
antibodies, which protect against infections.
milk contains bifidus factor, which
prevents the growth of harmful organisms
in the intestine. Also there is no contamination
with water or by dirty bottles. This
prevents diarrhoeal diseases in your
milk also gives protection against respiratory
infections and allergies.
at the breast increases the strength
of the muscles of the jaw. It also helps
in proper dental development.
It helps in developing an early emotional
with the mother.
to the Mother
- Decreases your workload,
as there are no bottles to be cleaned.
- Formula foods to
be bought and preparation of milk.
- Makes night feed
- Oxytocin produced
helps in reverting the size of the uterus to the
- Nursing mothers
are less prone to develop breast cancer.
- Breastfeeding provides
natural method of contraception.
- It is economical
to the family.
- It helps in emotional
Feeding for the first time:
the baby should be breast fed within 30 minutes
to 1 hour after delivery. If you had a Caesarian
Section, breast-feeding should be started within
4 hours or as soon as the effect of sedation has
worn off .
of the process:
the infant should be exclusively breastfed ,
upto 4-5 months, atleast.A newborn baby should be
breastfed every 11/2 –3 hours initially.-followed
by breast feeding on demand. If your baby is sleeping
for longer period of time, wake him/ her up for
feeding. For some mothers and babies breastfeeding go on smoothly.
But for e others it may become tiresome. This is
normal. Practice will make everything fine. It is
necessary to continue breastfeeding.with your baby.
Hours and Habits:
on demand” should be the motto. The baby should
be fed every 11/2-3hours in the first few weeks.
You can develop a feeding routine with your baby. Feed
your baby just before going to bed, which will not
make him hungry for another 2-3 hours. Thus you
can get at least 2-3 hours of peaceful sleep.
Feed again once in the night and then on
waking up from bed, before you start working. Some
babies take milk rapidly. They may empty each breast
in 5-6 minutes. Others may take more time, up to
15 – 20 minutes. You should feed the baby at
one breast. When he/she spontaneously releases the
first breast, second breast should be given. A satisfied
baby may not feed at the second breast. So the second
breast should be offered during subsequent feed. After
feeding, the baby must be helped to burping. During
suckling the baby swallows some air. This excess
air in stomach may cause regurgitation and vomiting.
This can be done by holding the baby erect over
Only Breast Feeding
breast-feeding means feeding of an infant with only
mother’s milk. If you are breast-feeding your
, then there is no need to give extra supplementation;
not even water, honey etc.Babies of, 4-5 months,
at least, should be exclusively breast-fed.
Beside the other advantages of breast-feeding
, exclusive breast-feeding protects your
baby against the development of allergies, diseases
like coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, childhood
onset of diabetes and childhood cancers. As
no bottles, water or any top feeds are used there
are no chances of contamination; so no risks of
As you start breast-feeding, you may be curious
about whether your baby is getting enough milk. A
newborn baby should be breastfed every 11/2 to 3
hours around the clock. Even if your baby is sleeping
wake him/ her after 3 hours and feed him/her.
can make it out by the following things:
- Your baby passes
pale yellow urine for about 6-7 times
a day from around the third or fourth day
- Your baby is passing bright yellow, soft stools 2-5
times a day.
- Your baby is having
a steady weight gain after the first week of age.
This is because the baby weight decreases by 10%
in the first week.
- Your baby is sleeping
well, but when awake is always alert, happy and
has good physical activities.
- Your baby does not
vomit or spit after each feed.
- If your baby does
- Hold your baby in
upright position. This helps your baby to burp.
- Avoid interruptions
or sudden distractions.
your baby refuses to breast-feed then it may be
a sign of an illness. Consult your Paediatrician.