Great Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby

December 8, 2009 by  
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There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. Studies show that breastmilk is much better for your baby than all other forms of infant feeding.

10 Great Reasons for You to Breast feed

  1. Breastfeeding helps you get your figure back quicker. Weight loss can be easier, and it helps your uterus return to its normal size more quickly.
  2. Your breast milk is always ready. No mixing, measuring, or heating formula. No sterilization and refrigeration. No clean up of bottles and nippes.
  3. Nighttime feedings are quick and easy.
  4. Breastfeeding saves money – there is nothing to buy.
  5. Going out is simpler. Breast fed babies are easy to take along.
  6. Breastfeeding is a warm and cozy time for you and your baby.
  7. It helps you feel close to your baby and feel confident about yourself as a mother.
  8. It makes you feel good about yourself – your family will be proud, too.
  9. You can read to an older child while you breast feed your baby. It???s a great time for everyone to cuddle.
  10. Breastfeeding is a special gift only you can give your baby.

10 Great Reasons for Your Baby to be Breast fed

  1. Breast milk helps your baby grow strong and healthy.
  2. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby. It???s just what your baby needs in just the right amounts.
  3. Breast milk changes to meet your growing baby???s needs. No formula can do that.
  4. Breast milk is gentle to your baby???s stomach and very easy to digest.
  5. Your baby will have less colic, constipation, and diarrhea.
  6. Your baby???s diapers have very little odor.
  7. Your early breast milk gives your baby protection against disease. Breast fed babies have fewer doctor visits and fewer trips to the hospital.
  8. Breast fed babies have fewer ear aches and colds.
  9. They also have less asthma, food allergies, and eczema.
  10. Breastfeeding is special to your baby.
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Colic

August 23, 2009 by  
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This information is about infant colic. This may tell you why your baby’s frequent crying may be normal and what you can do to help.

All babies cry, of course. On the average, a healthy baby will cry for about three solid hours out of every 24. And to a new father whose nerves are raw or to a new mother whose body may still be exhausted from pregnancy and birth, even 15 minutes can seem like an eternity.

But some babies, between about one and three months of age, seem to be affected with prolonged bouts of inconsolable crying or colic. These colicky babies cry for hours on end, often drawing up their legs in what looks like terrible abdominal pain, no matter what any one does for them. The crying often occurs after feedings or late in the afternoon or evening. The baby will often scream himself to sleep, and then sleep pretty well, only to have the pattern repeat the next day and the next.

No one really know what causes this crying in babies. Many doctors feel that these infants are supersensitive to the normal cramping sensations in their abdomens. Some are also very sensitive to any change around them and startle easily at loud noises and changes in temperature.

Equal percentages of breast-fed and formula-fed babies develop colic. And, as far as we know, there is no food that passes through the breast milk which causes the problem, so that there is no need for the nursing mother to stop eating any particular food.

There are many simple things that may help a screaming infant settle down. One is swaddling, or wrapping the baby in a blanket so that he can’t move his arms and legs much. Many fretful babies find this comforting. The automatic swings sold in toy stores can be useful and a convenient way to give your baby a soothing feeling. Sometimes a drive in the car will finally put the baby to sleep. And some infants will even sleep in the laundry room to the soothing sound of the automatic drier.

If your baby is the cranky type, it’s important for you to take a break from each other. Leave the baby with a reliable sitter or family member for a while, and do it on a regular basis.

It’s important to know that crying too much is not usually a sign of illness in a young infant. Almost all of these babies continue to eat, sleep and grow, despite their terrible screaming. Suspect a medical problem if your baby has fever, vomiting, is feeding poorly, or seems listless. Your health care provider will be glad to see you and your infant if you feel that his or her crying is a cause of concern. The baby will be examined for any possible physical cause for crying.

By far the most important thing to remember about colic is that it always goes away. By the age of three months, your screaming irritable infant will turn into a lovely sociable little human being. His fussy times will turn into social times and he or she will be the smiling bundle of joy that you imagined. The personality of the colicky baby will disappear and your child’s real personality will begin to develop.

Remember these key points:

  • Colic or excessive crying in babies between one and three months is normal.
  • Be patient.
  • Swaddling, automatic swings or a drive in car can help your baby settle down during this terrible, but temporary, period.
  • Most of all, giving your baby attention and cuddling makes for a happy baby and family.
Tags: crying baby, baby diseases, screaming, colic, breast milk

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

August 23, 2009 by  
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This information is about breastfeeding your newborn. It provides information on breast-feeding techniques to make breastfeeding a pleasant experience for you and your baby.

Breastfeeding can be enjoyable, rewarding, and a successful experience if you are well prepared and motivated. What else should you do to prepare? Remember that you need to be relaxed, rested, and have the support of your partner and family.

Breastfed babies receive important natural protection against some infections and allergies. Breastfeeding is also convenient and inexpensive. You don’t have to buy or wash bottles, or make formula. Most of all, breastfeeding is a special time that only you and your baby can share.

Here’s what to expect when you breastfeed. Your milk may come in gradually or suddenly, usually two to five days after the birth of your baby. You may feel fullness in your breasts until your milk comes in. Early milk, or colostrum, will be the first type of milk your breasts will produce. It’s yellow and very rich in nutrients and protection for your newborn. After a few days, your milk will change from yellow to bluish white. This milk will be thinner, but just as healthy for your newborn. As your baby continues to breastfeed, the milk supply will increase.

Here’s how to nurse your baby. First, wash your hands. Then to help your milk flow, gently massage your breast with your fingertips. Do not touch your areola, which is the dark area surrounding your nipple. Make yourself comfortable, and relax. Many mothers find that a rocking chair is most convenient and comfortable. If you’re sitting up, put a pillow on your lap to raise the baby. Also, using a pillow protects the sore tummy of mothers who delivered by cesarean section. When your baby begins to suck, you may feel a tingling in your breasts, milk dripping from the other breast, and/or cramps caused by contraction of the uterus. These are normal signs of the letdown reflex as the milk begins to flow.

The following steps will help make breastfeeding successful and enjoyable. Position your infant so your baby’s tummy and your tummy touch, with the baby lying on his or her side. Make sure the baby’s face, tummy and knees are facing your body, so that his or her head is directly facing your nipple. Or, cradle the head in your hand with the baby’s lower body under your arm. This is called the football hold. Try all of the breastfeeding positions, and experiment until you and your baby are comfortable. Support your breast with your hand by placing your thumb on the top of your breast and the remaining fingers below your breast. Your hand will form a “C.” Bring the baby to your breast, tickle your baby’s lips with the nipple, or touch the baby’s outer cheek with your nipple. When the baby opens the mouth wide, like a yawn, move his or her body closer until the mouth encircles your entire areola. This is called “latching on.”

Don’t let the baby suck only on the tip of your nipple. If you feel pain, or if you cannot see your baby’s lips above and below the nipple, or your baby is making loud smacking noises; the baby is not “latched on” properly. Unlatch the baby and try again. Unlatch baby by putting one of your fingers between your breasts and the outer corner of the baby’s mouth. Do not pull the nipple from your baby’s mouth without breaking the suction first. This will prevent pain and soreness.

Don’t worry if at first your newborn is not interested in nursing, or has problems latching on. This is a new learning experience for both of you. Try again when baby is completely awake, rested, and hungry.

How often to nurse your baby?

Well, let your newborn lead you. Once your baby is nursing correctly with long, drawing sucks, allow nursing until the baby releases the nipple. Feedings usually last 10 to 15 minutes for most babies. Unlatch the baby and change to the other breast when sucking slows down. Once you and your baby have a good nursing technique, most infants nurse about every 2 hours from the beginning of one feeding to the start of the next. Feed your baby whenever hungry. Also when starting the next feeding, use the breast that your baby nursed last during the previous feeding. For example, if your infant nursed last on your right breast, start the next feeding on the right. Use a safety pin or a ribbon on your bra as a reminder. Alternating breasts helps prevent your breasts from getting too full. Also your baby will get all of the nutrients from both breasts.

Remember these key points:

  • Breastfeeding is a natural process for you and your newborn, but many people find that they need additional help or tips.
  • It takes patience and practice.
  • You will need support from family and friends.
  • If you experience discomfort, don’t wait. Call your pediatrician or talk with a lactation consultant.
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