Here are the basics of Breastfeeding provided by LLL.
*Put baby to the breast to nurse as soon as possible after birth.
*Baby needs to nurse 10-12 times in 24 hours. The more you nurse, the more milk you will have.
*Frequent breastfeeding stimulates milk production. It is not true that resting the breasts results in more milk.
*Sit back comfortably (don't lean over baby).
*Support your breast with one hand.
*Place baby's head in crook (bend) of your elbow. Pull baby's feet in close to your other side. Hold baby at level of breast.
*Baby's face and body are turned toward mother.
*Tickle baby's lower lip, wait for him to open wide.
*Pull baby closer to you when ready to latch on.
*Make sure that a large part of the areola is drawn into baby's mouth.
*Cold compresses or cabbage leaves between feedings to reduce swelling.
*Warm showers or compresses before feeding.
*Soften breasts by expressig some milk.
Why avoid bottles?
*Baby given water or formula = Easy flow from bottle = baby full (lazy about sucking) = Reduced sucking time = less milk produced = hungry crying baby = anxious mother = baby given water or formula (get the picture?)
*Produced in the first few days.
*Small in quanity (teaspoons, not ounces).
*Protects against infection.
*Clears meconium- Helps reduce jaundice.
*Satisfies baby's thirst and hunger.
Baby NEEDS night feedings
*Easily digested human milk passes quickly through the digestive system. This is why breastfed babies wake up at night to eat.
WATCH YOUR BABY NOT THE CLOCK
(After milk comes in)
*6-8 wet diapers in 24 hours.
*3-5 bowel movements per day mean baby is getting enough milk.
Milk too weak?
NEVER!!! Milk changes throughout the feeding. Express one drop of milk before and after a feeding and see the difference. Foremilk is watery to satisfy thirst. Hindmilk is creamy to satisfy hunger.
Too much milk?
* Offer only one breast at a feeding.
*Offer the same breast if baby wants more soon after a feeding.
*Feeding against gravity may slow the flow.
(Remember: Correct positioning and latch-on are moSt important for preventing sore nipples.)
*Break suction before taking baby off the breast. (you can insert the tip of your finger into the corner of your baby's mouth to break the suction).
*Offer the leat sore breast first.
*Avoid plastic against nipples.
*Use only plain water for washing.
*Use an ultra pure modified lanolin (like Lansinoh) to speed healing.
*Check with a LLL (La Leche League) Leader for help.
(If milk becomes blocked a tender lump may appear in the breast.)
*Get plenty of rest.
Baby may nurse more often at times to build milk supply. "Frequency days" often occur around 3 weeks of age.
Back to work
* Find out about facilities at work for expressing and storing your milk.
*Start working only after milk supply is well established.
*Pump or express milk at work.
*Take milk home for the next days feeding.
Frequent breastfeeding when at home.
For more info you can visit www.lalecheleague.org or you can call 1-800-laleche.