We ask all mothers to remember all the facts they know about postpartum breastfeeding, for mothers who will taste their mother for the first time and who have days of birth or who are eager to take their second baby in their arms! Because, from the Şişli Hospital Child Health and Diseases Department, Uz. Dr. Seda Günhar said, “ 1-7 October World Breastfeeding Week ”gave information about the importance of breastfeeding. When is the first breastfeeding after birth? How often should breastfeeding the baby be? Here are 10 questions about breastfeeding!
The most important process for the mother and baby after birth starts with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is very important for both mother and baby, but it requires a little patience and care. It is necessary to start breastfeeding in the first half hour after birth, if possible. In addition, knowing the correct breastfeeding positions, planning the frequency of breastfeeding and eating a balanced diet is important.
What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is the most effective way to establish a strong bond between mother and baby. While protecting mothers from breast cancer, it provides a serious reduction of cancer risk in the future. It is also known that prolactin, milk hormones provide birth control from the end of pregnancy to the end of breastfeeding. Breast milk also protects babies against cancer, diabetes, obesity, allergies and intestinal diseases. Moreover, the first vaccine of the baby is the first oral milk called colostrum, which it absorbs from its mother. This first milk, which has a yellowish color, contains useful biological active substances that strengthen the baby’s immune system.
What to Pay Attention to When Breastfeeding the Baby – How to Feed a Baby?
Knowing the correct breastfeeding position gives the mother a great advantage. The nipple crack caused by not keeping the baby properly and not grasping the nipple well may cause the mother to hurt and cool without breastfeeding. Therefore, training on breastfeeding should be taken in the last days of pregnancy.
When should a baby breastfeed for the first time after birth?
Breastfeeding should begin within the first half hour after birth for good breastfeeding performance and milk delivery. It is necessary to breastfeed in the first half hour, even if the birth was by cesarean delivery. There are studies that reveal that milk comes earlier when the baby is placed in the breast of the mother as soon as the baby is born at normal births.
How Should the Breastfeeding Frequency be?
Mothers should frequently breastfeed their baby. Especially, new mothers who give birth by cesarean should breastfeed every 2 hours for milk to come faster. After the milk performance occurs and starts to come, the period of physiological feeding should be every 3 hours. This period may change as the babies grow, but the decisive factor is the baby. Some babies often prefer to suck at long intervals. Ideally, it is an active diet for 15-20 minutes every 3 hours. In this way, the baby gets a healthier sleep, defecation and diet. The sleep of babies who sleep 4-5 hours at night should not be divided and if sleeping, they should be allowed to sleep for 5 hours.
How long do breasts fill with milk?
Breast milk formation is related to breastfeeding interval and duration. A baby feeding for 20 minutes in 3 hours empties the breast and the breast fills up again in the next 3 hours. Mothers who started working life should provide milk every 3 hours. As the months progress, it can be every 4 hours. Milking is important for the continuation of the physiological order.
What Increases Breast Milk?
During breastfeeding, the mother should not starve and her metabolism should not be stopped. During the breastfeeding process, 3 main meals should be fed with 3 snacks. When snacks or main meals are skipped, metabolism slows and milk production decreases. Industrial products and sugary foods should not be consumed much. Protein, vegetable, fruit, cereal based nutrition model should be adopted. Eggs, cheese, yoghurt, meat, fish, village chicken, all foods that provide physiological nutrition play an important role in milk production. Cereals such as bulgur, wheat and oats should also be included in the diet. Raw nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and dried fruits can be consumed in the snack. It should be remembered that the increase in milk is not by eating too much, but by eating healthy and regularly.
How Long Should The Breastfeeding Period Be?
Considering the weight gain and health status of the baby, the baby should only be fed breast milk for the first 6 months unless otherwise stated by the doctor. Complementary feeding exercises begin from the 6th month. You can create a transition to supplementary food and a baby’s nutrition program with your doctor. The baby should continue to be breastfed until 2 years of age.
How to Prevent Mastitis?
Mastitis is one of the most common health problems experienced by nursing mothers. This condition is often caused by inflammation in the breast crack. As a precaution, it is necessary to know and apply the correct breastfeeding position. It is very important to avoid high-fat creams as much as possible while applying breast milk and breast milk. Continuously covering the nipple with the pads in an airtight delays wound healing. For this, using chest shields will improve in a much shorter time. Do not take a shower with extremely hot water and massage the breast in the shower as much as possible.
How Does Breast Cleansing Before and After Breastfeeding?
One of the basic boards of breastfeeding is keeping the breast clean. The nipple should not be cleaned very often. In particular, it should be avoided to clean with carbonated water or other disinfectants. It will be sufficient to clean only once a day with normal shower and body soap.
How Should We Feed The Baby When Breast Milk Is Low?
A mother should never lose hope of increasing breast milk. In order for the baby’s general condition to be in good condition, if breast milk is insufficient, it should be given after breastfeeding It is very important to fasten the breast every 3 hours. It is necessary to hold the baby in the breast for 15-20 minutes, and then, if it is not enough, to make a formula. The use of bottles in the first week after birth should be avoided. The baby who receives the bottle may have trouble getting the breast.