Things you should know about breastfeeding
Breastfeeding – breast care
What are the benefits of colostrum?
- Take proper breast care as your baby is going to survive on breast feed for at least first six months before switching over to a liquid diet.
- The first milk discharged from your breasts is colostrum. Colostrum is a yellow fluid, which is a super food for your baby. Remember, this milk is high in protective antibodies and boosts immunity of your baby. The breast milk comes in after a couple of days.
- Breastfeed your baby soon after the birth and quite often to stimulate milk production and pressure build up in your breasts.
How to get engorged breasts relief?
- You can use warm towels or heating pads to get relief from engorged breasts.
- Use breast pump for comfort when expressing.
- You can use icepacks as well to decrease swelling. The body temperature would rise to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) with engorgement. You may take medicines prescribed by your doctor for relief.
What you should do for nipple dryness?
- Proper breast care is important to prevent sagging, dryness and infection.
- Keep your nipples dry and clean to prevent discomfort.
- Wash with soap and water to reduce any risk of infection to any cracked and painful nipples.
- You may use lanolin – Lansinoh – on your breasts after each breast feed. Remember, there is no need to wash them off before another feed.
- You should wear good support bra to prevent stretching of your breast skin and tissue.
- As a nursing mother, you occasionally leak breast milk. Therefore, you need to ensure a supply of breast pads.
- You need to add more calorie to your food.
- You should eat foods that are high in calcium (milk, yogurt, dark leafy vegetables), fiber (salads) and protein (meat, eggs, nuts).
- If you smoke, avoid it while breastfeeding your baby.