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Top 15 FAQ's You Need to Know About Breastfeeding

Updated on June 24, 2020
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Hi i am a dietitian very much interested in public health nutrition education.And like to share my experience to make a healthier world.

Introduction

Breastfeeding is the best way to keep your baby healthy and grow strong. Breastmilk supplies all the required nutrients to the body of the little one and protects him/her from allergies, seasonal sickness, and even obesity. A mother needs to provide breastfeeding to her newly born infant who requires this proteinaceous milk for healthy growth.

Why Breastfeeding Is Best?

The importance of breastfeeding lies in the health benefits for the baby. It protects the baby from infection, diarrhea, any sort of allergies, sickness, and most importantly offers all the nutrients required for the healthy growth of the baby. Also it is found that breastfed babies score high on IQ levels.

Are Breastfeed Supplements Safe?

Breastfeeding supplements are safe. For the healthy growth of a baby, it is important to feed him/her with the necessary nutrients. But it can't beat breast milk.

Will Breastfeeding Ruins Breast?

Breastfeeding does leave an impact on the mother, as she tends to have sagging boobs or shrinking of the breast after feeding the baby for a longer period. One can easily overcome this by applying breast firming creams and drinking lots of water.

Why Breastfeeding is Painful/Hurting?

This is normal as the baby latches well, and the nipple tends to get deep into the baby’s mouth. The tongue of the little one does the work of sucking the milk out of the nipples. The prolonged repetition of the same leaves the nipples in pain.

How Soon After The Birth Should I Put My Baby On The Breast?

Breastfeeding is the foremost and the only food of the baby. It should ideally start right after birth. The baby remains alert on how to suck the milk and thus, he/she makes the best out of it. Research says that a new mother should allow her baby to feed once the baby is ready to have the milk.

How Often Should I Feed?

It is generally recommended that a baby should be fed once he /she seems hungry. You should give your child to drink breast milk at an interval of 2 hours for around 8 to 12 times a day including at night.

How Long Should I Let The Baby Feed On Each Breast?

Always offer both breasts at each feed. On average as a mother, you should feed your baby at least 20 minutes with the growing time to ensure the little one is getting enough of the breastmilk. Let the baby finish the first breast completely otherwise he/she may just drink ‘foremilk’ and not the fat dense ‘hindmilk’.So start on a different breast from the one last emptied.

Which Position Is Best For Feeding The Baby?

Your baby should be positioned in a cradle hold. This is important as the breastfeeding involves a cozy touch; sitting upright and the head of the baby in your forearm and the other hand will be supporting the baby's body.

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Getting Enough Milk?

If you are feeding your baby 10 to 12 times in 24 hours and the baby is not crying much then be rest assured that you are getting him proper breast milk. Plenty of wet nappies, bright yellow regular stools, gaining weight, and looking well are the hints that he/she is getting enough milk.

I Want To Carry On Breastfeeding But I Am Going Back To Work Full Time When The Baby Is 3 Months What Can I Do?

You can always go back to your work to make sure your profession is handled well. Along with the breastfeed start making the formula milk powder a habit this will offer the baby the necessary food while you are away. Or you can express or pump your breast milk, for this a high-quality breast pump is essential. Freeze the pumped breast milk and use it when you are at work

What Is The Best Way To Store Breast Milk While You Are At Work?

You can store the breast milk in the liquid in the insulated pad or a cooler with an ice pack. Keep the bottles in the fridge for 8 to 10 hours or deep freeze up to 2-3 days. Remember storing in a freezer or refrigerator doesn’t stop bacterial growth but it only slows down. And if you want to give it to the baby immediately thaw it under cold running water or fill a container with cold water and place the milk bottle/bag in it. Once you have thawed make sure you don't refreeze it.

What Is The Next Best Thing After Breast Milk?

The next best thing is coconut milk, which is stated as the most useful drink for a baby to grow. Or start with any formula milk, Coconut milk does not contain any digestion irregular compounds hence you can try that without any fear. If your baby is 4 months old start alternatives such as homemade porridges with coconut milk.

Is There Any Food Or Supplement That Increases Milk Supply?

If you start having food with a lot of herbs this will help you to increase the milk supply to your breast. You can mix fenugreek in your food while cooking to increase the milk supply. Garlic, shallots, and fennel seeds also increase milk production. One can crush these herbs and add in soups, broths, or in milk. Asparagus also increases milk production and it is available in the market in the form of powder.

How Many Years At The Most Can Mother Produce Breast Milk?

A young mother should not limit breastfeed. To be precise a baby should get breast milk till he/she is four years of age. Often mothers extend the period and offer milk till 5 years to the baby.

How to Breastfeed in Public?

You can wear comfortable clothes like two layered tops, loose-fitting Kurti or T-shirt or even can put a scarf. Choose malls and parks which provide a feeding area. Or otherwise, take a coffee break, move to a restaurant, sit in a booth, and feed your baby calmly.

What to expect at a baby friendly hospital?

"Baby-Friendly" means the hospital will have a written breastfeeding policy ie, the highest standard for maternal and child health care practices related to infant feeding. The staff of that particular hospital will be well trained to implement this policy. Here the main focus will be on the baby's nutrition and health. So other than breast milk no other supplement feeds are initiated or recommended.

Conclusion

Breastfeeding is crucial for a newly born infant to grow. The mother needs to take care of to offer the baby the necessary amount of milk that he/she demands a healthy living. Breastfeeding even offers a mental and emotional satisfaction to a new mother. The hormones of a mother quickly turn to the normal size and reduce the postpartum bleed as well. Both mother and baby should stay with each other for months so that the baby is not missing out on breast milk.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Cijini Manoj

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    • Dt Cijini Manoj profile imageAUTHOR

      Cijini Manoj 

      13 months ago from Kerala

      Thank you shaji for your support and encouragement....

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      Shaji 

      13 months ago

      Very nice information, useful for all breastfeeding mothers

    • Dt Cijini Manoj profile imageAUTHOR

      Cijini Manoj 

      13 months ago from Kerala

      Thank you sneha for your valuable comments...

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      Sneha Bhat 

      13 months ago from India

      Breastfeeding is the most important duty that the mother should never forget nor miss. Motherhood is a great gift and breastmilk is another added boon for a mother to keep her baby healthy and fit. Breastmilk is like a permanent evergreen lifetime tonic to boost the immunity of a baby. You have explained all the FAQ's in a neat manner with all possible doubts that a new mother gets in her mind. Thank you for this interesting article madam.

    • Dt Cijini Manoj profile imageAUTHOR

      Cijini Manoj 

      13 months ago from Kerala

      Ya that's very true sir....surely will include that information too

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      SHREEKRISHNA SHARMA HALEMANE 

      13 months ago from MANGALORE

      Breast milk is a complete food for an infant, which cannot be replaced by any other alternatives. Your article gave detailed information on its benefit and is a good guide for a breastfeeding mother. After the delivery and before the milk is produced, a yellow liquid named colostrum is released, which is very good for the infant to get immunized and gives all the nutrients.

    • Dt Cijini Manoj profile imageAUTHOR

      Cijini Manoj 

      13 months ago from Kerala

      Thank you.....Vikram, Murali sir, Nikhil and Aswini for your valuable comments.....your encouragement really inspire me to write more articles...

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      Ashwini Kini 

      13 months ago from Dakshin Kannad

      Informative and nicely explained article. Very helpful especially to new mothers. You have covered most of it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in the form of an article.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      This is the detailed guide FAQs on the importance of breastfeeding. You've clearly described everything that a mother should know about breastfeeding in a very easy way. I've found this article really helpful and informative. Thanks for sharing such information with us.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      13 months ago from South India

      Every new mother should read this article. It is a wholesome article for the breastfeeding mothers. I would suggest to ladies to read this and understand the boons of motherhood. Well written, Ms Cijini.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      13 months ago from Assam, India

      Very detailed and nice informative article. I will highly recommend to anyone to read and gain this important knowledge for child.

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