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