We help new mothers understand breastfeeding to eliminate concerns and reduce unnecessary worry. New mothers often contemplate whether to breastfeed or bottle feed their new-born baby.
The following reasons outline why breastfeeding is best for both baby and mother.
From the very beginning of a baby’s life, mothers should perform skin-to-skin care immediately after delivery and throughout the first week of life. Holding the baby directly against the bare skin right after birth triggers reflexes that help the baby “latch on” to the mother’s breast.
Breastfeeding should not be painful, with a proper latch. If the mother experiences pain with the baby’s latch, break the suction with a light finger in the corner the baby’s mouth and allow the baby to reattempt the latch.
Most babies will feed at least 8-12 times in 24 hours and at least every 2-3 hours. They may breastfeed for at least 10-15 minutes on each breast and sometimes they will nurse longer. If a mother chooses to feed exclusively from one breast one time, alternate to the other breast on the next feeding.
Mothers often wonder what the signs are when a baby is hungry and ready to breastfeed. A few signs include:
It is best to offer the breast when the baby looks alert or calm instead of waiting until they are crying. Crying is a late sign of hunger and babies become more frantic and have a harder time latching on when they are distressed. Once a baby is full, they will relax their arms and legs in contentment and may close their eyes.
If you have problems with breastfeeding, contact the lactation consultant where you delivered or your Rosemark provider.
Mothers need extra calories and fluids each day so they can produce enough breast milk for their baby. Consume approximately 2,500 total calories a day while breastfeeding. Rosemark providers may recommend that continual use of a prenatal multivitamin supplement while breastfeeding.