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•WHO’s guidelines recommend “Breastmilk is the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants.
•Babies need only (exclusive) breastmilk for the first 6 months.At about 6 months babies need to eat solid foods and continue to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond
Why breastfeeding is important
•Breastfeeding is free.
•Breastmilk is convenient; always the right temperature and available anytime.
•Breastfeeding promotes bonding between you and your baby.
•It protects your baby from many infections and illnesses.
•Promotes proper jaw development.
•Promotes healthy brain development.
•Helps in gastrointestinal development and function.
•Helps in development of the immune system.
•Helps in cognitive development of the infant.
•Ways that breastfeeding can make your life easier.
•Breastfeeding can save money.
•Breastfeeding can feel great.
•Breastfeeding can be good for mother’s health too (Type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, postpartum
•Controls postpartum bleeding.
•Helps you lose the weight you gained during pregnancy more quickly.
How often should you breastfeed?
•Early and often! Breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth, then breastfeed at least 8 to 12 times
every 24 hours to make plenty of milk for your baby.
•When your baby stops feeding on the first breast, offer the second breast.
How long should feedings be?
•Feedings may be 15 to 20 minutes or longer per breast. But there is no set time. Your baby will let
you know when he or she is finished.
•Remember: watch your baby, not the clock.
Risks of formula Feeding
•Necrotizing enterocolitis: a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in preterm infants
•Lower respiratory infections
•Atopic desmatitis, a type of skin rash
•Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
How to tell if your baby is latched well?
•Breastfeeding is comfortable for you.
•Your baby has a strong, slow, regular suck.
•You can hear swallowing.
•Your baby’s mouth is wide open with flared lips.
•Your baby’s ears or temple are moving while he sucks.
•Your baby should be relaxed and content.
How to know if your baby is getting enough milk?
•Frequent feeding 8-12 times daily
•Infant should have about 6-8 wet diapers in a 24 hour period once breastfeeding is established
•Infant should have minimum of 3-4 bowel movements every 24 hours.
•Stools should be about one tablespoon or larger and should be soft and yellow after day 3.
•Average daily weight gain of 15-30g.
•Infant has regained birth weight gain of 15-30g.
•Infant has regained birth weight by day 10 of life.
Good websites and book
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition (2010) Wiessinger, West, Pirtman