FAQ's on breastfeeding
When should a mother start breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding should always be started within an hour after birth.
What is colostrum and how it benefits the baby?
Colostrum is the first thick milk produced by the mother right after birth which is deep yellow in color. This milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies which provides the baby complete nutrition and prevents the baby from illness and infections.
Why breastfeeding is important to a baby?
• It gives the right amount of nutrition which is required by a baby
• It protects the baby from infection and illness
• It ensures better survival during first year of age as the baby is more prone to infections during this period.
What are the breastfeeding benefits for a mother?
It helps in reducing the risk of certain health conditions like depression,cardiovascular diseases, cancer such as ovarian and breast cancer.It also helps in weight loss of mother after the delivery.
How long should a mother breastfeed?
The exclusive breastfeeding should be continued for 6 months after birth.Then it should be continued with other supplements upto 2 years of age or above
How often breastfeeding should be done in the first few weeks?
Breastfeed a baby on demand or atleast 8 times a day or after every 2-3 hours as per the requirement
How the breastfeeding is done?
Breastfeeding is a technique in which baby has to be held in the right position which helps in getting the infant to latch on to the breast for feeding.
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Should a mother use both the breasts?
If a baby finishes first breast during a feeding,offer the second one in next feeding because there are two types of milk produced during each feeding-thirst quenching milk and fat rich milk. Both are essential for the baby.As long as your baby is comfortable and gaining well, you are doing it right.
The breastfeeding mother should always avoid alcohol and tobacco.The mother should always consult a doctor before taking any medication as certain drugs can easily pass through the breast milk and can harm the baby.
How should the breast milk be pumped and stored?
If the mother is unable to breastfeed the baby directly then the mother's milk can be pumped out with hand expression, manual pump or with electric breast pump.It has to be further stored immediately for as long as 3 to 8 days under refrigeration. Warm up the milk under hot tap water before it is used but don't microwave.
What are some common myths about breastfeeding?
The common myths are-
These are baseless misconceptions which should be thrown out.
What is weaning?
Weaning is the gradual process of supplementing breast milk with other dietary foods and fluids which is started after the first 6 months of birth.