With pregnancy come a lot of questions that women have and one of them happens to be about breastfeeding. As a matter of fact men and women both can have a few questions regarding it. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be just the parents. In fact anyone could have breastfeeding related questions.
So in today’s article we are going to be discussing about various tips of breastfeeding beginners during pregnancy and facts and myths related to it. We would be starting with some facts about it:
- Breast milk boosts the baby’s immune system that helps in fighting through infections such as:
- Ear infection
- respiratory tract infections
- Common cold and flu.
- Breastfed milk is often known to reduce the risk of disease in the later life of the child that includes several health issues like:
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Breastfeeding is also helpful for the women themselves as it helps in reducing the mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. It is often believed the longer the mother breastfeeds, the more are the benefits.
- Also, breastfeeding helps the mother heal faster in the postpartum, helping the uterus to regain to its pre-pregnancy size at a faster rate that in turn helps in lowering the overall postpartum blood loss.
- Another fact about breastfeeding is it helps the mother to return to her pre baby weight. If calculated, it actually takes 1000 calories a day on an average to produce breast milk.
Now, one can probably understand that breastfeeding is not only important for the baby but also for the mothers as it has several benefits. Breastfeeding can be a little difficult in the beginning until the baby and you get accustomed to it. If you have elders to help you and guide you through the process, then it is going to be of some help. But, in case you have got to do it alone, then here we have tips for breastfeeding during pregnancy for beginners:
- Hold your baby in a way that its face is towards you and touch the baby’s lip to your nipple. Wait till the baby opens its mouth, and then carefully draw your baby closer towards your breast.
- While feeding, hold your breast for support and make sure the baby’s mouth is covering the area surrounding your nipple.
- If you give birth to a premature baby, the nurse may suggest pumping your milk and then bottle feed the baby.
- In the beginning, it is very common to face some difficulty. There is nothing to get afraid of. But in case your child is still not latching on, then you may consult a doctor for lactation.
- The more you nurse, the better it is. Doctors suggest 9-12 times nursing in 24hours.
Follow these tips and I am sure breastfeeding will get easier with time.