Life with your New Baby : Feeding your Baby (part 1)

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Breast-feeding provides your baby with the best nutritional start in life and has a range of other benefits, outlined here. If you decide to bottle-feed, you can also be confident that your baby will thrive. The key to both methods is preparation.

The benefits of breast-feeding

Breast-feeding is the perfect first food for your baby; it contains all the nutrients your baby needs and works on a supply and demand basis, so that as your baby feeds, your body responds by producing more milk. Breast milk is thought to reduce a baby’s risk of developing an allergic condition, such as asthma and eczema, to make childhood obesity and diabetes less likely, and it may reduce the long-term risk of heart disease.

Breast-feeding also provides benefits for you. It helps your uterus contract to its pre-pregnancy shape more quickly. It helps you get back into shape quicker since your body uses additional energy to produce breast milk, and it reduces your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.

Lastly, and importantly, breast-feeding helps you and your baby to be close both physically and emotionally.

When your milk comes in

In the first few days your breasts produce colostrum, a watery substance that contains essential nutrients and antibodies that help your baby to fight off infections such as those of the ear, chest, and gastrointestinal tract.

At around day three, or sometimes a bit later, you will start to produce milk, which contains all the nutrients your baby needs. Your breasts may feel uncomfortably full and tender at this time, and you’ll need to make sure they’re properly emptied at each feeding to prevent them from becoming engorged .

Successful breast-feeding

Despite the fact that breast-feeding is a natural process, it can sometimes prove difficult. Getting comfortable before a feeding, positioning your baby well, and ensuring that she latches on properly (see Latching on), are all prerequisites for successful feeding.

For your baby to latch on properly, it’s important that you’re both positioned well. Ensure that you’re comfortable and that your back is well supported; using cushions for support may be helpful. You may find sitting and cradling your baby at chest level is comfortable with her tummy facing your tummy. Or you could try a football hold with your baby under your arm. Some women find it helpful to lie on their side to latch their baby on. You’ll soon discover which positions suit you best and will gradually gain confidence in your ability to feed.

Once your baby is latched on, the “letdown” reflex is triggered. You will feel a tingling sensation as milk is released, which in turn stimulates the production of more milk. Your baby will pause during feedings and stop when she is full. It’s advisable to always have water or juice during or just after a feeding to replace the fluids lost from breast milk.

Holding your baby tummy-to-tummy is a comfortable position for you both, enabling your baby to latch on well (Latching on).

An under-arm “football” hold can help keep a restless baby still (bottom, left).

Lying side by side is often recommended after a cesarean.

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