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. IBreast 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.
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
5.Be patient if your partner seems
less interested in sex.
milk contains all the necessary
ingredients that the child needs in the first 4-6 months of life.
2.Breast milk contains the suitable
proteins and fats to satisfy the natural needs of the child.
3.The iron in breast milk is enough
for the child.
4.Breast milk contains enough water
for the child, even if one lives in a dry climate.
5.Breast milk contains enough salt,
calcium and phosphate for the child.
6.Diabetes and some digestive problems
are found less in breast fed children.
7.Breast milk is easy and quick to
digest, therefore, breastfed children tend to get hungry faster than children
fed on other types of milk.
8.Breast milk never spoils or becomes
sour, even if the child hasn’t fed for a few days.
9.Regular feeding and feeding when the
child desires it, prevents conception.
10.Breast milk doesn’t require any
11.Breastfed children develop sight and
talking and walking skills faster.
12.Breast milk of the mother changes
according to the daily needs of the child. There are also differences between
mothers depending on the needs of their children, e.g. the milk of a mother of
a premature child and the milk of a mother of a full term child.
1.Mustaĥab acts and closeness to Allāh
have positive effects on the child.
2.At the time of breastfeeding, look
at the child and talk to him.
are two theories when it comes to
nursing newborns: on demand feedings and scheduled feedings.
Feeding: you should always adjust if your baby
shows signs of being hungry. Feed baby thoroughly, at least 20 minutes per side.
90 minutes after the feeding began, put baby down for a nap. Feed baby no later
than 3 hours after the start of the previous feeding. Wake baby up if
necessary. If your baby wakes up hungry before then, feed her and adjust your
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Sample Pumping Schedules
out a pumping schedule when you are exclusive pumping is a balance between your
need to pump enough milk and the rest of your life.
1.Sample Pumping Schedules with a Newborn.
a.Below is a sample pumping schedule with
eight pumps in 24 hours: 7 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm, 12 am, 4 am.
b.Below is a sample pumping schedule with
ten pumps in 24 hours: 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 12 am, 3
am, 5 am.
Schedules with an Older Baby. Below are some sample pumping
schedules for older babies.
When you have a newborn, sticking to a
defined pumping schedule can be a challenge – you are likely sleep deprived and
busy, so it’s easy to forget to pump. Skipping a pumping session every now
and then is not a big deal, especially if you are able to make up the time
during a later pumping session that day or squeeze in a power pumping session.
As long as you get your
total number of pumping sessions done in a given day, you should be fine.
There are many possible
breast problems that breastfeeding mothers may face. Most breast
issues are common and are not a cause for concern.
Slightly uneven breasts are normal
when you're breastfeeding.
may be dramatically larger than the other, and you may be making much more
breast milk on that side. When one breast doesn't make very much breast milk, but the other one
does, the breasts will look uneven. But, as long as your doctor says it's
safe, and one breast can make breast milk, you can breastfeed your baby from
that one side. It's also very possible to make a healthy supply of breast milk
with just one breast.
is bigger than the other because your baby has begun to favor one side.Your baby can develop a breast preference for many reasons.
When a baby prefers one side over the other, breast milk production can slow
down in the breast that the baby doesn't want and cause that breast to appear
If you have hypoplastic
breasts, you were born with them. It's a breast issue where the glandular
tissue in the breast does not fully develop.
breasts may feel lumpy, especially when they're really full. There are
three general categories that breast lumps fall into:
1.Benign breast disease: benign means
not harmful. If you have a benign breast lump, you may feel swelling and
tenderness, breast pain in your breast.
2.Fibroadenoma: a tumor in the breast
tissue that is not cancer.
3.Breast Cancer: Only a small percent
of breast lumps found in breastfeeding women turn out to be cancer.
Some of the breast problems that can arise during breastfeeding
Milk Ducts: hard, tender, lumps that form
in the milk ducts and block the flow of breast milk. Plugs typically clear up
in less than a day with frequent breastfeeding or pumping to the remove breast
milk from your breasts.
2.Mastitis: inflammation of the breast tissue.
Engorgement: one of the most common
breastfeeding problems. It's caused by an increase of fluids in the breasts
including breast milk, blood, and lymph.
Abscess: a rare complication of a breast
5.Nipple blanching: can be very
If you see any of these breast
changes, see your doctor for an examination. Early detection of breast problems
can lead to successful treatment.
In the Breast: a wide, shallow dimple in the
breast is a sign of skin retraction.
2.Fixation: bend forward and examine your breasts for any unevenness,
distortion. With invasive breast cancer, fibrosis "fixes" the breast
to the underlying muscles.
In the Direction of the Nipple: if
thenipple looks as if it's being pulled in a different direction,
it could be a sign of breast cancer.
Venous Pattern: it's normal for breastfeeding
women to have very visible veins on their breasts, especially when the
breasts are overfull. However, if the veins are only protruding on one side, it
can indicate certain types of breast tumors.
When you're breastfeeding there's
normal nipple discharge:
Milk: may be watery and it can be a variety of colors from clear
to white to green.
2.Blood: The idea of blood coming out of your nipples probably
sounds frightening. But, when you're breastfeeding bloody discharge from the
nipples can be completely normal.
Abnormal nipple discharge can look similar to normal nipple
discharge. So, if you notice any changes, it's always best to talk to your
doctor, what you've noticed and she'll examine your breasts.
skin on your breasts is susceptible to a variety of problems
1.Thrush can appear deep in the
2.Herpes: The herpes virus on the breast can show up as small red
bumps, fluid-filled blisters. You should not breast-feed if you have active
herpes lesions on your breasts.
can recognize any potential breast problems by learning about what's normal for
your body and examining your breasts regularly.
Ducts carry the milk
from deep in the breast to the nipple openings. A plugged milk duct is a common problem during breastfeeding.Milk
builds up behind the blockage, a lump forms and your breast begins to feel
sore. Not cause for panic but definitely cause for action.
How can I prevent
blocked ducts? Feed your baby often.
How can I relieve a blocked duct?
2.Apply warmth to the affected breast
area before a feed can help get milk flowing.
3.Feed from the affected breast first, when
baby is sucking vigorously.
4.Change feeding positions to help
empty the breast.
5.Hand express if needed, before and
6.Applying gentle pressure to the
plugged duct both before and during a feeding can help loosen the clog.
Remember, the best treatment for a plugged duct is to get the
milk flowing again.
mastitis. When a woman is breast
feeding, bacteria can get into her milk ducts. Mastitis symptoms include
fever, pain, a lump, and a swollen, tender breast that may feel warm to the
mastitis. The symptoms for non-lactational mastitis are the
same as for lactational, but this form of mastitis is much less common.
Abscess. According to Dr.
Susan Love’s Breast Book, an abscess can form behind the nipple and need
draining. Symptoms are similar to mastitis, but the red, swollen area
will be in the areola area, not spread across the breast.
you have any of the above symptoms,
you need to see your doctor for two reasons: you will probably need an
antibiotic, and you need to have inflammatory breast cancer ruled out.
breast cancer represents about 1 %-5 % of all breast cancer cases,
so the chances are that your symptoms that look like an infection are an
infection. IBC symptoms overlap with mastitis symptoms although the red
area with IBC is likely to cover a larger area, usually at least a third of the
breast. In addition, fever is not an IBC symptom.
might your doctor
still be giving you an antibiotic instead of a biopsy?
1.Not all people run a fever when they
have an infection, so the absence of fever is not a sure indication of cancer.
2.Even though non-lactational mastitis
is rare, so is IBC.
the antibiotic clears up the symptoms, the problem is an infection. Antibiotics
do not cure cancer.
the antibiotic does not work, then
what? Some doctors may want to try a second antibiotic at this point, but
most experts on inflammatory breast cancer say waiting to see if another type
of antibiotic will work is not a good idea. Seeing a breast specialist
familiar with IBC. New treatments are helping more people survive this
form of cancer.