REASONS TO BREASTFEED
There are so many we don't have the room to name all but here are
some advantages of breastfeeding:
babies are healthier. Mom's breast milk provides baby
with immunity factors and antibodies not available in
artificial baby milk Your baby will be sick less and not
as prone to have allergy problems if you breast feed!
creates a special bond between mother and baby.
fed babies have better cognitive development than bottle
Breast milk is made especially for human babies and therefore
is easily digested. Your baby will spit up less!
milk is cheap, always available, always the right temperature
and sanitary for your baby!
Moms enjoy quicker weight loss after pregnancy and reduces
their risk of breast cancer The longer a woman breast
feeds the more protection she receives against breast
love the taste of their mother milk. It is made especially
CONCERNS ABOUT BREASTFEEDING
Breastfeeding is a precious gift most mothers can give to their babies
easily, but sometimes problems can arise, These are common problems
that have simple solutions.
- Sore tender
nipples - usually caused from poor positioning at the breast.
Repositioning the baby and making see he latches correctly helps
solve the problem. Tenderness upon initial latch in the first
few weeks of breast-feeding is common and goes away. If pain continues
throughout the feeding the baby needs to be repositioned. Soaking
nipples in warm water, using lanolin on the nipples, and letting
nipples air-dry after feedings help to heal sore nipples.
- usually occurs in the first three or four days after birth
just before the milk "come in". Breast can feel swollen,
hard and painful. Warm compresses, massage and hot showers help
to soften the breast and milk to flow out. It is important to
breast feed baby frequently and to empty the breast to prevent
engorgement. As Mom and baby become in tune with each other overtime,
engorgement will be less of a problem.
- occurs during the early weeks of postpartum. Your baby is
making milk to keep up the demands of the hungry infant. After
you and baby are on a routine the leaking will diminish. Wear
breathable breast pads and change them often. Wear light and multicolored
clothing so leaks don't show as much. Fold your arms tightly across
your chest. Always breast feed baby before making love or going
Duct - ducts that carry the milk into the nipple can become
blocked and then plug up with milk. You can often see a white
looking lump on the nipple. Frequent breastfeeding will prevent
this problem. If you see a lump don't be afraid to let baby suckle.
Usually the baby will draw out the lump. It will not hurt baby
to swallow this.
- a yeast infection that can be in your nipple and/or in your
baby's mouth. You will feel sharp pain deep into the breast; your
nipple will look fiery red. Your baby will often get white patches
inside the checks, along the gum lines and on the tongue. It will
be painful for baby to nurse. You and baby should both get treatment
immediately. Call your doctor if you or your baby has this infection.
With treatment it goes away quickly.
- is a breast infection. You will have flu-like symptoms.
Your breast will often have red strikes, feel hot and be very
painful. You need to get to bed and rest. You may need antibiotic
so call your doctor if you are feeling like this. It is important
that you continue to breast feed your baby during this time. The
infection will not harm your infant and breastfeeding will help
you get well quicker.
TO GET HELP WITH BREASTFEEDING
KRHMC OB Dept.
NVH OB Dept.
City-County Health Dept.
HELPFUL ITEMS FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS
No Special equipment is needed for breastfeeding. All you need is
a Mom with lactating breasts and a hungry baby! However, helpful items
are available to Moms in the breastfeeding business! These items might
include breast pads, special bras and blouses, pillow, and pumps.
These items can be ordered through the hospitals or persons listed
above. If they don't sell the item they can tell you how to get it.
Many of these items are now carried in department stores like WalMart
or K-Mart. It is important you check with your lactation consultant
before purchasing any kind of pump. Many of the pumps sold in stores
are not good quality. The kind of pump you need - manual, battery
or electric will depend on how long you plan to use it and what for.
If you just need to pump occasionally when you go out to a restaurant,
for the evening or movie, etc. a manual pump would be sufficient.
However, a Mom returning, for the evening or movie, etc. a manual
pump would be sufficient. Your health care provider or lactation consultant
can help you with these decisions.
WHEN TO CALL FOR HELP
Call your lactation consultant or health care provider if:
If you go home from the hospital in less than 48 hours, your baby
needs to be seen by the physician two to three days after discharge
and again around ten days to two weeks for a physical assessment and
weight check. It is your responsibility to contact the doctor to schedule
office visits and let them and certified lactation consultant know
if you feel the breastfeeding isn't going well.
- Your baby
has fewer than 6 wet diapers each day (from the 4th day on)
- Your baby
has fewer that 3-4 yellow stools each day ( by the 4th day and
through four weeks)
- Your milk
is "in", but you do not hear gulping or swallowing when
the baby breast feeds.
- Your nipples
are painful throughout the feeding.
- The baby
seems to be breastfeeding all the time. You don't feel as though
your milk has "come in" by the fifth day.
- Your baby
is gaining lass than 1/2 oz/day overall or hasn't regained birth
weight by 10 days to two weeks.
Here's some helpful web site:
Baby Milk Action http://www.babymilkaction.org/
La Leche League International http://www.lalecheleague.org/
Defining Professional Excellence in Lactation Management http://www.ilca.org/