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All mothers need to know about Breastfeeding

Updated on July 30, 2010

All mothers need to know about Breastfeeding

All mothers need to know about Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding issues, such as milk production problems, are not as usual when using the PDF feeding method, but they do happen ever now and then.  Even if you have rested, are eating well, have a nice  life, and your baby is growing up and getting enough healthy food, you still may notice a milk production problem.  There are many reasons for the production problems.  Here are few issues you should know. 

Some things that can disturb your healthy milk supply are: 
What you eat
How much you rest
Your state of mind
Your age
How many children you currently support
Your initial want to breastfeed
Your capabilities to nurse a child
The way you nurse a child

If you want to breastfeed, it is vital that you take your baby to the doctor for a quick check-up.  If you decide not to, you will not know if he or she is getting enough milk and growing at the proper rate.  So make sure you make that appointment with your family doctor if you want to breastfeed.

For the first week of your baby's existence, your breasts will make colostrum for them to feed on.  Colostrum is a type of antibody and helps the baby fight off disease.  It also helps him or her perform their first bowel movement, which is called meconium.  Meconium has a black look and will appear in the first few diapers after your child's birth.  Then he or she will begin to have bowel movement that have a brown look.  When you add your breast-milk to the mix, the bowel movement will look yellow and be loose and watery.

While your baby consumes the colostrum and then the milk, you should listen closely for a pattern of the child sucking 3 times then swallowing.  This type of pattern will be so rhythmic.  There should be no noises that sounds like a click.  The “clicking” sound can mean your baby is not actually connected to your breast may not be getting the proper amount of milk.  If you hear this, you need start again by taking him or her off and then resetting their mouth.

After that first week of your baby's arrival, you should at the least 3 bowel movements everyday.  Your baby should also be putting on some weight, as this is the most definite way to ensure that your child is getting enough nutrition in its diet.  If there is two days that your child does not fall into this type of bowel movement patter then this may be a sign for you to call your pediatrician right away. 


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