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Breastfeeding changes when the child grows. These are some ways to adapt.

The first days and weeks of breastfeeding is a survival: make your child stick to breast (and hold it), and ready to continue if you encounter problems. However, at a point, when you and your child are familiar with each other, you may have other questions and worries. This is a view of some problems for breastfeeding that you may face in the first year.

January

I heard that having suitable posture is essential for successful breastfeeding. Is it really important?

Description: Suitable posture is essential for successful breastfeeding.

Suitable posture is essential for successful breastfeeding.

Yes, it is very important. If you do not have suitable posture, your baby may not get enough milk, and your nipples may be sore. Here are some tips from Corky Harvey, R.N, M.S, I.B.C.L.C, co-owner of The Pump Station store chain in Southern California, about the appropriate way to feed the baby:

Put your child lying on one side, and put his/her abdomen next to yours.

Put your baby on a pillow, keep him/her on your breast; do not bow toward your baby.

Use your free hand, place your thumb and fingers around the nipple areola (the dark area around the nipple).

Put his/her head to the back a little and gently touch the baby with the nipple right on the baby’s upper lip.

When the baby’s mouth opens wide, put the breast in his/her mouth. Put the baby’s lower jaw in the front, right after the nipple

Put his/her head forward, put your baby’s upper jaw into the breast. Make sure the baby sucking the whole nipple and at least 1 ½ of areola in mouth.

February

How can I know if my child has enough milk or not?

Description: My child has enough milk or not?

My child has enough milk or not?

This is one of the most common questions of mothers who breastfeed their babies. Unlike drinking milk with a bottle, you will know how much milk your baby drunk. To ensure both are in the right direction, your doctor will carefully monitor your baby’s weight, especially in the first few weeks. Meanwhile, you should pay attention to your baby’s diaper: your baby should have 6 to 8 wet diapers and at least 2 times defecation with mustard color daily when the baby is at 7-day-old.

Also remember that: “as long as your baby is gaining weight steadily and diapers shows he/she is eating enough, you can believe that your baby is getting enough milk”, Jeanette Panchula, R.N, P.H.N, I.B.C.L.C, a nutrition consultant of The health care community in Solano county and California Health care Division for Mother, Children and Youth. If you are still worried, let check the weight with your pediatrician.

March

I will be back to work full-time in a few weeks and I want to continue to breastfeed my baby. How can I handle the milk pump?

First, talk to your boss about your plan so that you can find the best place to breastfeed your child. “Everything will become easier if you can find the place and time to pump your milk before come back to work”, said Panchula.

You should start to pump milk when your child is 3 or 4-week old so that the baby can get used to the bottle and you will have reserved milk in the refrigerator. If you have not started yet, let do it now! Because you’ll be back to work full time, you will definitely want to rent or buy a double electric milk pump because it helps pump the milk and reduce pump time. When you return to work, try to pump frequently - because your child usually requires nursing.

April

Sometimes I want to drink some wine. How long should I wait after drinking for breastfeeding?

In general, alcohol from drinks - 8 ounces of beer, 6 ounces of wine or a glass of brandy - usually is metabolized within 2 to 3 hours (so that it is not presented in your milk), it is safe time for breastfeeding. However, as long as you feel any effects from alcohol, whether you're just groggy or you are drunk, not breastfeed your baby. For more secure? Let’s try MilkScreen, alcohol tester in breast milk at home (milkscreen.com)

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