Breastfeeding is a wonderful, intimate experience with your child. But it can also be a complicated one.
It is one of the best gifts that a mother can give to their newborn babies. Breastfeeding is accompanied by its own set of challenges and is not easy, especially for a first time mother.
Breastfeeding only becomes easier with time, as the milk supply establishes, the baby learns how to latch properly and the sore nipples become normal.
However, there are a some complications that may arise. For example, a baby may not gain weight or simply remain restless, which always concerns a caring mother.
To clarify some things to look out for when breastfeeding a newborn, follow some of these tips.
You Must Learn to Understand Your Baby’s Body Language
Babies can’t speak to you yet. But it is said that 80% of communication is done through our body language.
That’s how we as mothers can learn to understand our baby. Your baby’s body language explains a lot, whether the baby is full, relaxed or uneasy in the position in which he/she is being fed.
If your baby’s wrists are clenched, it signifies that the baby is stressed, hungry and needs more feed. While feeding, do not take away the baby’s latch until the wrists opens up and the baby feels relaxed.
Some babies also hold on to their mother’s blouse or shirt, which indicates that they do not want their mother to leave them or stop giving them milk. Observe your baby’s body language to determine the length of time the baby needs to be fed.
Time Yourself Carefully Every Time
We don’t want you to stare at a clock while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is an intimate moment after all.
However, breastfeeding is a timed process. In order to make sure that a newborn baby has consumed enough milk, it needs enough time to do it. On an average, it takes around 20 minutes to 30 minutes for a newborn baby to suck the milk dry from one breast. One must make sure that before this time duration, do not switch sides, as the more nutritious, creamy and denser version of milk lies in the last few gulps of the milk. Taking the baby up on your shoulder for a burp and then transferring on the other breast for milk is the pattern that every mother should follow to avoid a gases and indigestion in babies.
Feed Your Child on a Regular, Consistent Schedule
A newborn baby that is 1 week to 1 month old needs around to feed at least 8 to 10 times a day. Whereas, a baby that is two months old needs 7 to 9 feeds in a day. Keep in mind that a mother’s milk is light and digests more easily, which can also be noted through the greater number of bowel movements that a breast feeding baby experiences. You will notice a significant difference when switching over to formula. So always make sure to follow the proper schedule given the type of milk you are giving your baby.
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