Tips to start breastfeeding in the best way possible
Although motherhood is one of the most beautiful processes that exists in the life of every woman, it is not without doubts. Questions that begin long before children arrive in this world and that last after the birth of their children. An example can be the lactation, feeding process that although it may seem simple, presents some difficulties for mothers.
To resolve these doubts, from Medela a practical guide to initiation in the lactation for those mothers who face this new path. A compendium of tips that will ensure that the little ones receive this important food in their development during the first months of life.
Breastfeeding, first days
Breastfeeding is a process that begins with the hormones of pregnancy. After the birth of the baby, this production begins and the child starts to suckle. In these moments, the body of the mother receives the signal to continue producing this food to sustain the developing of the little one
These are some concepts that the mother should know about the beginnings of breastfeeding:
- In the first weeks of lactation, the baby will need to feed 8 to 12 times every 24 hours.
- The duration of breastfeeding sessions may vary. Do not be afraid of this irregularity.
- Do not breastfeed following strict schedules, but when your baby seems hungry or demand the breast.
- Both the frequency and duration of breastfeeding sessions will continue to change as the baby grows.
The process of breastfeeding requires a little practice. Sometimes babies take time to get used to the new world around them. The first milk that is produced the first days after birth is called colostrum. It is a thick, yellowish milk with a large amount of antioxidants, as well as protective and growth factors necessary for the baby.
How to know if the baby is full
How to recognize the signs of satiety in the smallest? A simple method is to observe the diapers of the baby and recognize the following signs:
- Wet diapers. After the first week, the baby should wet at least 6 diapers every 24 hours, indicating that he is taking enough fluid.
- Dirty diapers. The baby's bowel movements will change color and go from very dark and sticky (meconium) to yellow and soft during the first 4 to 5 days of life, which indicates that your baby digests breast milk. On the fifth day, the child must perform at least 3 large yellow deposits, from soft to liquid, every 24 hours. It is normal for some babies to evacuate each time they are breastfed.
Use of breast pumps
Another doubt that may arise in the minds of mothers is the use of breast pump. Performing this act can help maintain production when the mother has to move away from her baby. Before incorporating the bottle, the ideal is to breastfeed for 3 to 4 weeks.
In the event that the mother must return to work or to the school, it is advisable to start expressing milk at least 1 to 2 weeks before. This will allow you to create a routine, accumulate a reserve of breast milk and accustom the baby to drink from the bottle.