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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is also known as nursing. It includes feeding your infant breast milk directly from the breast. 

 

Breastfeeding is highly encouraged by maternal care experts worldwide for its health benefits. Every baby has unique feeding requirements. You can identify if your baby is hungry through the following signs. Your baby may need breastmilk if he/she:

 

Benefits of breastfeeding

Benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and breast milk have a wide range of health benefits. It is greatly beneficial for both the mother and her baby. Common breastfeeding benefits include:

 

First breastfeeding after birth

First breastfeeding after birth

During first breastfeeding after birth, your body produces thick, yellow-coloured milk called the colostrum. Colostrum has additional health benefits and is considered the ideal first milk. It assists your newborn to develop his/her digestive tract fully and prepare to digest breastmilk. 

 

Your body begins to transition from colostrum to mature milk in about 10-15 days.

Is breastmilk enough?

Is breastmilk enough?

Breastmilk is sufficient for your baby’s nutritional needs as it has all kinds of vitamins and proteins required for the growth of your baby. 

 

As you nurse your baby, your body grows accustomed and begins to produce more milk to help meet your infant’s feeding needs. Your infant may require feeding every 2-3 hours. 

 

You should exclusively breastfeed your baby till 6 months. Post this, you can begin to opt for formula milk, semi-solid foods and others.

Breastfeeding positions

Breastfeeding positions

The ideal breastfeeding position is the one in which you and your baby are completely relaxed and comfortable. Some common breastfeeding positions that you may try include:

 

Breastfeeding tips for new moms

Breastfeeding tips for new moms

Here are some breastfeeding tips to help you prepare:

 

FAQs
FAQs

You should at least breastfeed your baby upto 6 months and until 2 years or longer. 

You should not ignore the pain experienced during breastfeeding. You should not give any jaggery or honey to your newborn. 

Fenugreek seeds, oat milk, fennel seeds, lean meat and garlic help in increasing breast milk.