Everything you need to know about breastfeeding
Breast feeding of the baby is essential for its healthy and harmonious development. Even if it comes with many challenges, it is important not to be discouraged and to seek the help of the family and the advice of specialists to learn how to properly breastfeed your baby.
Breast milk has many benefits. It contains all the nutrients needed for your baby. In addition, it contains the antibodies the baby needs to fight infections that may develop during its development. No powdered milk formula brings these benefits.
The benefits of breast milk
The World Health Organization recommends exclusively breast feeding of the baby in the first six months of life. Breastfeeding should be continued until around the age of two, in order for your baby to grow up healthy.
Here are the benefits of breast milk!
1. In the premature baby:
- reduces the risk of inflammation and infections in the stomach, such as necrotizing enterocolitis - a serious condition, encountered in premature people;
- protects against infections with germs, bacteria and viruses.
2. In the term baby:
- it protects it from intestinal parasites;
- gives it resistance against colds and cough;
- protects it from middle ear infections;
- decreases the risk of diabetes and obesity;
- reduces the risk of eczema;
- confers protection against childhood leukemia.
Breastfeeding has benefits for you, as a mother:
- helps the uterus to return to its normal size before pregnancy;
- reduces post-partum bleeding;
- offers protection against chronic malignant diseases such as ovarian cancer and breast cancer;
- protects you from osteoporosis;
- it helps you establish a strong emotional and soul connection with your baby;
- it gives you the chance to save money, the breast milk being free, sterile and at the ideal temperature, ready to serve;
- It eases your nights, because you do not waste time with the sterilization of the bottles and the preparation of milk powder;
- allows you to travel comfortably, breast milk being available all the time, 24 hours a day.
Moreover, when you are breastfeeding, your body consumes about 500 calories a day, which helps you regain weight before pregnancy much faster.
Breast milk collection
If you need to leave home and have to leave the baby in the care of a relative or trusted person, collect maternal milk in advance. Breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days after collection and for 6-12 months, in the freezer, at temperatures of -18 degrees Celsius.
The storage of breast milk should be done in sterile, special containers. To collect breast milk more easily, use a breast pump, manual or electric.
Choose the most comfortable breast pumps. These have been specially created to facilitate the pumping of milk.
Manual breast pump with massage pillow
When you need a pump for occasional use, choose one with a compact design, fitted with an ergonomic handle and massage pillow, such as a manual breast pump, from Philips Avent. The product also includes a large nipple bottle that mimics the nipple shape.
This type of breast pump is easy to use even with one hand. The unique design allows the milk to flow from the breast directly into the storage container, even when sitting on the back. Sit comfortably on the bed or in a comfortable armchair and relax. A relaxed condition will help you pump milk much easier.
The massage pillow of the pump looks like a suction cup, and its special texture gives a warm feeling to the skin and gently stimulates the milk flow. When you pump, the pillow mimics the sucking action of the baby, naturally stimulating the breast.
The manual breast pump with massage pillow has proven clinical efficacy and is suitable for any mother. It is very easy to clean, due to the components that can be disassembled. You can put it in the dishwasher.
Electric breast pump
It has the same design as a manual breast pump, but it is electrically operated and works with batteries. The Philips Avent electric breast pump is equipped with a delicate simulation mode and three pumping settings.
When you activate it, with a simple push of a button, it automatically starts on the delicate simulation mode, to make the milk flow. The three pumping settings allow you to choose the milk flow.
It is an ideal pump for frequent use, without effort. Like the manual pump, it can be cleaned in the dishwasher, except for electrical parts.
Philips Avent breast pumps are compatible with accessories manufactured under the same brand, such as the Avent breast milk storage containers.
The challenges of breastfeeding
If you are breast feeding your baby for the first time, you need to know that you need practice and patience to learn the technique of breastfeeding. The first challenge comes with the baby's first meal.
He will not know how to catch the breast first, so you will have to resort to a few tricks to make him suck. You can always rely on the advice of a breastfeeding consultant if you encounter difficulties.
Here are some useful tips to make breastfeeding easier!
1. Help the baby attach to the breast correctly
Some newborns like to push their breasts with their noses and may be too sleepy to grab their breasts and nipples first. Try the following tricks and methods:
- put the baby directly on your skin, to feel the warmth of your body;
- observe his behavior: if he turns, licks his lips or puts his hand in his mouth, it means that he is hungry;
- try to breastfeed on the back, with the baby lying on your tummy, on your abdomen;
- help the baby by bringing it with the nose close to the nipple level; most likely, the little boy will tilt his head on his back, rub his nipple, then open his mouth wide to suck;
- make sure the baby has correctly grasped the breast; he must also catch the nipple, not just the nipple.
If you are not sure that your baby receives enough milk, gently squeeze your nipple to stimulate the release of breast milk. Do not pull the baby from the breast, because it can drown. In addition, you can cause injuries to the nipples.
2. Feed the baby whenever hungry
The newborn does not eat according to the schedule. His stomach is as small as a glass bead in the first two days after birth, so it needs to be fed every two to three hours. As it increases, the interval between breastfeeding will decrease.
Your baby knows exactly how much to eat and when. In the first days after birth, the newborn can suck 30 minutes to a single breast. Let him empty it, then give him the other breast. If it is saturated, put it on the other breast at the next meal.
Remember: the more you breastfeed, the more milk production will increase. This way, your baby will always enjoy a consistent meal!
3. Choose a comfortable position
It is very important that you and your baby feel comfortable while breastfeeding. A good posture protects you from back pain and helps your baby catch the breast properly.
4. Solutions for umbilical nipples
If you notice that your baby can't grab your breast, because you have flat, twisted nipples or because your breasts are too full and swollen, use solutions like Philips Avent's Niplette, specifically designed to correct your umbilical nipples.
5. Pump milk frequently to protect your breasts from infections
At three, five days after birth, you will experience the feeling of full breasts. This happens with the start of "true" milk production. Until then, your breasts will only secrete colostrum, rich in nutrients and antibodies.
As the milk flow increases, pump the milk with a manual or electric breast pump.
This will stimulate lactation on the one hand but will also protect your breasts from the complications associated with "milk rage". The pumping of milk prevents clogging of galactophore channels and their infection.
6. Take a hot shower every day
When breastfeeding, breast hygiene is very important. Do not use soap to wash, it dries the skin and may cause irritation. A shower with hot water, once a day, is enough. For cleaning, use a delicate washing lotion, such as the one created for babies.
7. Do not dare to breastfeed your baby in public
If you are in the city, in the park or anywhere outside the house, do not refuse the breast of your child if he is hungry. You have the legal right to feed your child in public. Many malls, baby shops and supermarkets are equipped with spaces specially designed for breastfeeding and changing the baby's diaper.
When choosing your breastfeeding position, you must consider two important aspects:
1. The baby should have the same level with the nipple, in order not to make any effort to reach the milk.
2. The chin should be aligned with the belly. Keep the baby with your tummy turned towards you. His knees should touch you easily.
A correct position helps the baby to grasp as much of the areola and nipple as possible and to swallow it lightly.
The "Swing" position
It means you already have a breastfeeding experience and know how to support the baby's head
Position "Crossed Swing"
A very good position for the first breastfeeding, especially when the baby is premature.
The "subsuoara" or "american football" position
It gives you easy and comfortable breastfeeding when you have big breasts, twins or Caesarean section.
Position lying on the side
It is the most relaxing position. You can try it especially when you are very tired.
Tips for easy breastfeeding: relaxation is the key
Becoming a mom is an experience as wonderful as it is demanding. Don't let the joy of holding your baby to your breast be overshadowed by all sorts of worries. Nobody expects you to do them all yourself. Ask for help from your partner, relatives or friends to support the household, to make the market or to pay the bills.
Give yourself time to relax. If you remain tense, your negative emotions will be transmitted to the baby, who will become agitated and mournful. In addition, high levels of stress can adversely affect the flow of breast milk.
Try the methods below to relax:
- draws a sleeping baby, while the baby sleeps;
- healthy eating, to keep your energy;
- limit your visitors, explaining that you need rest and peace;
- Do not get tired of cleaning the house; always asks for the help of the family in this regard;
- take a break from everything, at least 15 minutes a day; read a magazine or simply listen to music;
- participates in support groups for breastfeeding mothers.
Breastfeeding after returning to work
If you decide to return to work before your baby turns one year, you can ask the employer to give you two breaks a day, one hour each, so you can continue to breastfeed. This right is regulated by art. 17 paragraph (1) of O.G. 96/2003.
To benefit from this facility, you just have to submit a written request to the employer. There is no need to justify the request or wait for its approval by the employer. Once you have formulated in writing the desire to breastfeed your child, it is considered to be accepted ex officio.
Philips Avent supports active moms who want to breastfeed their babies for as long as possible, both through quality products, easy to use, and useful information to help them in their new role.
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