Over the past year (since March/April when we began trying for our baby) I have read a lot on baby everything. It’s been great, but lately I’ve realized and wondered, okay so how much of what I am reading is truth and how much is myth or slightly wrong? Anyways, I went through my baby journal and grabbed what I have learned about breast feeding. I have narrowed it down to the most important things that I have found, please let me know if this is truly true :) Also, if you have more advice. Next week I will write more about other information I’ve read on other subjects, that way maybe by the time of our baby’s birth I can be just a little bit prepared!
I also have to add – the more I read about our bodies and how they are able to carry another living being, as well as nurture the baby, deliver, feed, etc. the more I am in awe of how God created our bodies. I mean breast feeding alone if just phenomenal. Our body naturally produces nutrients to keep our baby taken care of, our breasts “drop” milk when we HEAR our babies cry alone, breast feeding helps the healing process for mom, while developing baby’s immune system… and MORE! How incredible!
Benefits of breast feeding:
a. immediate and proper nutrients for baby
b. right amount of nutrients and fat for the baby
c. helps develop the baby’s immune system
d. pre-milk has plenty of nutrients for baby
Important things I have read on breast feeding:
a. Start feeding right away – if possible, within 1-2 hours after delivery
b. make sure baby’s mouth is around the entire nipple – which will make nursing easier
c. if nipple is bleeding; this can mean you aren’t positioning the baby on your nipple correctly
d. 10 minutes of feeding on each side
e. drink water before, after, and during nursing – the more hydrated the easier and faster you will produce milk
f. nurse on demand – signs of hunger before cry baby will be more alert and active putting hands or fist into mouth, begins suckling, making sucking motions with mouth, rooting – turning head in search for nipple, crying is a late sign of hunger
g. feed only breast milk – up to 6 months.
h. delay artificial nipples, such as pacifiers or bottles – wait until baby develops goof suckling habits.
i. breast feed even during the baby’s illness – baby will not want to eat, but feed anyways. Breast milk again has the right nutrients and is a natural antibiotic for baby. Helps prevent dehydration.
j. air dry your nipples after each feeding. (this is incredible, how God created our bodies!) This helps prevent cracking and infection. If infection occurs, coat nipples in breast milk.
k. eat properly & get enough rest
Signs baby is getting enough milk:
a. steady weight gain after 1st week
b. pale yellow urine: not bright orange or yellow
c. sleeping well – yet alert and healthy looking while awake
Keep tabs on soiled diapers throughout each day:
a. first few days after birth 1-2 wet diapers a day
b. after milk increases 5-6 wet diapers a day