Kamis, 27 April 2017

The 7 Unspoken Disadvantages of Breastfeeding

I’m a huge advocate of breastfeeding, think that all moms should do it if possible. But there are a number of arguments against breastfeeding that I’ve heard. If you choose not to breastfeed, that’s up to you!
Here are the commonly talked about disadvantages of breastfeeding:
1.    Breastfed babies need to be fed more often. A breastfed baby needs to be fed about every 1.5 to 3 hours, which can be inconvenient and frustrating, especially through the night.
2.    There are dietary restrictions. When you’re a breastfeeding mom, there are some dietary restrictions you have to be mindful of. Whatever it is you eat, you’re passing onto your baby!
3.    Nursing in public isn’t always fun. If you’re like me, the idea of breastfeeding in public isn’t exactly making you jump for joy.
4.    Breastfeeding can cause some discomfort. Especially when you first start, your nipples are probably going to be sore, and your breasts will probably be engorged throughout the whole duration that you breastfeed.
5.    You don’t know how much milk baby is getting. If you’re really concerned about this, you could always use a breast pump and measure it in a bottle before feeding.
6.    You need special clothing to breastfeed. In order to breastfeed, ideally you’ll need breastfeeding bras as well as shirts that button up in the front.

7.    No one else can feed the baby but you. If you don’t plan on pumping, it means you’re the only one that can feed baby. Of course, pumping can remedy this issue, but you’ll have to invest in a breast pump, and they’re not the cheapest things to buy. With the right pump, you can even pump directly into bottles, so it’s super convenient. 

Rabu, 26 April 2017

Breastfeeding Twins

You will wonder if the birth will go smoothly, if your babies will be fit and healthy and especially if these are your first babies, about how you will manage. Ask anyone who's done it: Breastfeeding twins requires more work — and more dedication — than breastfeeding a single baby. We hope these will help you deal with the challenges of breastfeeding and parenting your babies. You may worry that you won't produce enough milk to nourish more than one baby.
In multiple ways, breastfeeding is important for vulnerable babies. Does breastfeeding take more time than bottle feeding? Can one woman produce enough milk?

People sometimes doubt that it's possible to make enough milk for two babies. A flexible schedule is best and feeding your babies at the same time is the most economical use of your precious time. Knowing how breastfeeding works will help you understand how this is possible, can give you the confidence to continue breastfeeding even when your babies are demanding and you, begin to question your milk supply. Some mothers find that letting the hungrier baby dictate the time of the next feed for both works best.
The basic rule about milk production is supply=demand, a short way of saying that the more often a baby feeds at your breast and removes milk, the more milk is made. This is why mothers of multiples are able to make enough milk for their babies. The extra stimulation of two babies sucking means that your body will produce the extra milk they need. Understanding that supply equals demand can reassure you that those extra feeds your babies are asking for will help you make enough breastmilk to meet their growing appetites. It's a good idea to alternate breasts with every feeding, especially if one twin is a stronger feeder. When a baby sucks at the breast, two hormones are released: prolactin, which stimulates milk production and oxytocin, which releases the milk from the breast. With the let-down working efficiently, it requires little effort for a small to obtain milk. Start expressing within 24 hours of the birth and ensure that the milk is fed to your babies. If you breastfeed when your babies want to eat, you can trust your body to supply enough milk.

Regardless of how you feed, your babies need to be correctly attached to the breast. If your babies aren't emptying your breasts, you may need to pump. Feeding your babies one at a time in the early days will give you a chance to concentrate on one baby and one breast and to learn the signs of correct attachment.

Lactation consultants and doctors can tell whether your babies are getting enough milk by how much weight they gain. Have your pediatrician check your babies' weight if you're concerned.
You may find it helpful in the beginning to keep a chart of feeding times, which baby was on which breast last, and how many wet diapers each baby has had.

Soreness is caused by incorrect latching on, not the number of babies you're nursing. If you do get sore nipples, treat them with a combination of breast milk and purified lanolin, such as Lansinoh. The milk will help heal cracks and kill bacteria.

Happily, breastfeeding brings you in close contact with both babies and can help speed up the attachment process. Get support teams in place before your babies are born. If your babies have to be cared for in the hospital and you're unable to nurse right away, start pumping your milk on the first day. 

Breastfeeding Techniques

Getting started:
1.  Create a peaceful "nursing station" and allow yourself to relax.
2.  Find a comfortable position, such as in a chair, with ample room on the sides and back for pillows to support your baby and your arms.
3.  Unwrap your baby and check his diaper; change it if needed. If your baby is awake and ready to nurse, wait until after the first breast to change your baby's diapers.

Breastfeeding positions:
1.  Cradle Hold:
a.  Sit as straight as possible with a pillow behind you.
  1. Cradle your baby in your arm, her tummy against yours and her head resting in the bend of your elbow.
  2. Tuck your baby's lower arm out of the way, with her mouth close to your breast.
  3. Support your breast with your free hand; place all of your fingers underneath it, well away from the areola.
  4. Rest your thumb lightly on top of your breast above your areola.
  5. Lift your breast upward and lightly stroke your nipple on your baby's lower lip.
  6. Pull her quickly onto the breast to latch-on when her mouth is opened wide, like a big yawn, and her tongue is down. Do not lean over your baby; keep your back straight, and pull your baby up to your breast.

2.  Football Hold:
a.  Position your baby so her legs and body are under your arm, with your hand holding her head.
  1. Place your fingers below your breast. Allow your baby to latch-on while pulling her in close, holding her head tightly against your breast.
  2. Keep your baby's body flexed at the hip with her legs tucked under your arm.

The Football Hold is a good position when:
a.  You are nursing a small baby, especially if premature.
b.  Your baby is sleepy.

You may have to repeat these steps several times before your baby latches on correctly.
1.  Sit tummy-to-tummy with your baby. The baby's body should face you.
2.  Bring your baby close to your breast. You should position your baby's face so that your nipple is easily accessible to his mouth without the need for you to turn your body.
3.  Touch your nipple to your baby's lower lip. Lining your baby's nose up with the nipple will help position the nipple so that it is pointed toward the back of the palate when the baby opens his mouth.
4.  When his mouth opens wide, quickly pull your baby in to latch on. Be sure that your fingers are far enough back from the nipple to avoid interfering with the baby's mouth.

Burp your baby after feeding at each breast. Generally, breastfed babies do not swallow as much air as bottle-fed babies. Helpful positions for burping your baby include:
1.  Propped up with baby's tummy against your shoulder.
2.  Lying tummy-down across your lap.

3.  Sitting up, leaning over with your supportive hand under baby's arm.

Selasa, 06 Desember 2016

Breastfeeding Facts For Fathers

For as long as there have been babies, there have been fathers. Most expectant fathers know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby. I Breast milk contains the perfect blend of nutrients and provides babies with a wide range of health benefits. Plus, breastfeeding is free, requires no preparation and is a great way for a mother to bond with her baby.

If fatherhood doesn’t mean feeding, what does it mean? 

1.    They have fuzzy chests, deep voices, big hands, flat shoulders – differences that babies come to appreciate.

2.    Wear your baby in a sling and go for a walk.  Babies are social people and usually love to be “moving and grooving” at eye level in public. Tuck your baby in bed with both of you for cozy, easy nights and a strong sense of family.

3.    You can hold him this way upright and facing out. Almost all babies relax in this “magic hold”, especially if you move around.  Or sway with your baby. Babies tend to prefer ear-to-ear motion over front-to-back motion, whether on a shoulder or in a car seat, especially with a little jiggle thrown in.

4.    Care for mama so that she can care for your child. Your two separate jobs will link to form a strong, secure safety net for the world’s best baby.

5.    Be patient if your partner seems less interested in sex.