5 Steps to Breastfeed Successfully
Decide to breastfeed successfully
- Breastfeed successfully. Mother’s milk contains colostrum which is both food and medicine for your baby.
- It boosts immunity of your baby. Formula feed is in no way comparable to mother’s milk.
Ensure to keep up your milk supply regular
- In a 24-hour period a mother should produce 500 to 1000 ml of breast milk, by the end of the first week.
- Talk to your doctor if you are producing less than 500 ml in 24 hours.
- Try to pump the breast milk within intervals of two to three hours. For first few days you will produce a little bit of breast milk. Be patient. You need to pump every two to three hours.
- Maintain a pumping log. Write down your pumping times and the amount of milk produced.
- Baby should be fed fresh milk as this has more white blood cells. Avoid refrigerated milk.
Baby should be given kangaroo care (skin-to-skin care)
- Your skin imitates womb for your baby. Try to hold your baby close to your chest. Establish skin-to-skin contact with your baby.
Practice lots of breastfeeding
- Once the baby starts to take the feed by mouth, visit the baby as much as possible. This will be a good breastfeeding practice for both you and the baby.
- With breastfeeding practice your baby will quickly learn to take the feed.
Monitor if your baby is getting enough milk
- Weigh your baby before and after each breastfeed. This will let you know the quantity of milk the baby has consumed.
- Weigh your baby without removing anything from baby’s body – not even the diaper the baby was initially wearing. This will give you a fair idea of the amount of the feed baby has taken.
- You would like to have a Baby Weigh scale at home to monitor your baby’s feed.
Be patient. Keep practicing the art. Gradually your baby will learn to take the feed.