The decision to breastfeed is one that can be made in the hospital, in the living room with friends and family, or on your own. It’s a choice that should not be taken lightly but it also shouldn’t scare you either. With all the information out there about breastfeeding, you are sure to find something that will answer any questions you have before making this important decision.
- 1 Explain how to breastfeed correctly
- 2 What are some benefits of breastfeeding ? For both mother and baby?
- 3 How long should a baby be breastfed for? Is there a certain age that’s recommended?
- 4 What is nipple confusion and what can parents do about it?
- 5 Discuss the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs formula feeding
Explain how to breastfeed correctly
Not all breastfeeding techniques are suitable for all babies. Consult your child health professional on the best way to breastfeed your baby, and keep in mind that each baby is different and may prefer a slightly different technique.
Here’s some general advice:
* Hold your baby so she is facing you and her head is level with your breasts.
* Make sure she has good back support by placing a small cushion or rolled towel behind her back, or lean into the couch with one arm while supporting her back with the other hand. Use pillows if needed to get her at the right height.
* Cradle one of your baby’s feet just above the ankle in your hand (this helps to open up his pelvis). Support him under his thighs and bottom with your other hand.
* Make sure that his head and neck are in a straight line with the rest of his body. Have him facing you, not turned to one side or facing outwards.
* Let your baby root around as he needs to (this helps soothe him and may lead to him opening his mouth wide enough for successful feeding). Place the nipple on top of your breast towards the roof of his mouth so he stimulates it with rooting around movements.
* Hold onto your baby’s bottom to help steady and support her upper body and enable her to suckle better (counteract any pull away reflexes). If she is dropping off after a few minutes at the breast, then try holding her back further up – close under her
What are some benefits of breastfeeding ? For both mother and baby?
The benefits of breastfeeding are immense, but it is a choice made by many mothers. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding until two years or beyond. Here are four reasons why you should breastfeed your baby.
1) Breastfeeding helps to prevent type 2 diabetes in mother and child
2) Breasting prevents postpartum depression
3) Mothers who breastfeed have improved cardiovascular health
4) Breast milk contains many antibodies that protect from illness.
Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), lower a child’s risk of developing asthma, ear infections, digestive problems and childhood obesity. It also provides protection against leukemia, childhood cancer and other cancers later
Breastfeeding has a lot of health benefits for the mom and the baby. Breast milk provides a healthy balance of nutrients, making it easier for babies to fight off infection and illness. Breastmilk also alters as your baby grows, providing precisely the right amount of nutrition at each stage of development. In fact, breastfed infants have fewer health problems from ear infections to asthma later on in life. There’s even some preliminary research that suggests breastfeeding can improve brain development similar to how reading boosts IQ! Breastfeeding is also great lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer. It may seem surprising but women who exclusively breastfeed their babies experience faster postpartum weight loss than those who use formula.
Breastfeeding is also easier on the wallet! Considering breastfeeding costs nothing, formula can cost up to $1,200 a year per baby! Breastfed babies are less likely to have visits to the emergency room and hospital stays for colds and other illnesses. By six months of age, children who were breastfed exclusively (no formula or solid food) for at least three months scored higher on IQ tests than those who weren’t breastfed as much or not at all. The longer exclusive breastfeeding continues, the better the outcome in terms of intelligence and academic achievement during adolescence . Breastfeeding protects against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The American Academy of Pediatrics even recommends that infants sleep close to their parents in order to breastfeed and thus reduce the risk of SIDS.
Breastfeeding has emotional benefits as well, for both mother and baby. A mom who breastfeeds can bond more closely with her child than a mom using formula. As I mentioned, breastfeeding is also easier and requires no preparation or clean up so many mothers appreciate this aspect as well!
How long should a baby be breastfed for? Is there a certain age that’s recommended?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months after which you can introduce solid foods. There is no set rule on how long to breastfeed-if your baby stopped before 1 year old, talk to a healthcare provider who can help you decide if you should stop or continue. The great thing about breastfeeding is that you and your child have a natural rhythm so watch them carefully and follow their lead!
What is nipple confusion and what can parents do about it?
Breastmilk is always the best option and infants should be allowed to control feeding (like they would at your breast) by: taking both breasts, switching off, and avoiding bottle propping. They shouldn’t be forced to finish a bottle of formula if they aren’t hungry; this can lead to nipple confusion where baby gets used to the flow of a bottle and may not want to go back to breastfeeding. So please follow your child’s lead!
Discuss the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs formula feeding
As a mother, it is your responsibility to make sure the baby has enough food. If you breastfeed or formula feed them according a schedule that works for both of you and their digestive systems then this will ease some stress in developing an attachment with each other as they can become used too different types if nourishment which could help improve sleep patterns among others things
If on the flip side however breastfeeding may not always work out due certain situations such as blocked milk ducts from medications like estrogen supplements taken after birth; those without access/ability at least once per day (or several times throughout even weeks) because either parent works long hours
If you are looking for more information about breastfeeding or breastfeeding, we recommend reading these articles. lisbdnet.com/ offers great insights and advice on how to properly and effectively breastfeed your baby and make it fun! Breastfeeding is a natural process that every woman should go through in her life when having a baby as it offers many health benefits. Breast milk contains all the essential nutrients needed by an infant such as proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and other important substances for healthy growth. It is not only good for children’s physical development, but also helps cognitive growth, helps brain development.