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Tuesday, 04 October 2011 13:11

How to breastfeed

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Wash your nipple with boiled water.
  • Hold your baby and sit comfortable.
  • Hold your breast with your index and medium fingers.
  • Introduce your nipple and areola (dark part of the greast) inside the baby's mouth.
  • Let the baby feed during 10 minutes on the first breast, in the second one he/she can stay up to 20 minutes if the baby wants.
  • Begin with he breast in which he finished the last time.
  • Put your small finger inside the baby's mouth in order to take out your breast easily.
  • Let the baby burp, giving him/her soft strokes on the back.
  • When you put the baby sleep, lay him/her down on one side. Avoid letting the baby face up or face down.
  • If you still have a lot of milk in your breasts use a pump.
  • Wash your nipples again with boiled water. Leave them to dry with the air.

Advantages of breastfeeding for your baby.

  • It has all the nutrients your baby needs up to 6 months of age.
  • It protects from infections.
  • It makes your baby less prone to vomiting.
  • Less gases and colics.
  • You baby's kidneys work with less effort.
  • Develop face, tongue and throat muscles.
  • Fortify the affective communication between mommy and baby.
  • It is the perfect moment to stimuli his/her five senses and the communication.

Advantages of breastfeeding for mommy

  • Avoids bleedings.
  • Every time you breastfeed your baby, your uterus contracts and returns faster to its original size.
  • Reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • You lose weight faster.
  • Milk is always available in any time, any place and at the perfect temperature
  • Feeding your baby you feed not only his/her body but his/her necessities of love and stimulation.

It is very important that you breastfeed you baby.

Let the baby have it any time he/she wants. With time your child will learn to eat every 3 or 4 hours during days and will stop during night.

Extracted from: "Stimulation. health and nutrition of the baby"
("estimulación, salud y nutrición del niño desde recién nacido")
Author: Beatriz Manrique.
Reproduced with authorization of the author

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2011 17:22