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BreastFeeding 101

Posted by on Aug. 9, 2007 at 9:22 AM
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Here are the basics of Breastfeeding provided by LLL, sent to me by member Anvela - thank you.


Breastfeeding 101

Early start
*Put baby to the breast to nurse as soon as possible after birth. 

How Often?
*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.

Latching On
*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.

Engorgement
*Cold compresses or cabbage leaves between feedings to reduce swelling.

*Warm showers or compresses before feeding.

*Soften breasts by expressig some milk.

*Nurse often!!

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?)

Colostrum
*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

Enough Milk?
(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.

Sore Nipples
(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. 

Blocked Duct
(If milk becomes blocked a tender lump may appear in the breast.)

*Apply heat.

*Get plenty of rest.

*Nurse frequently.

*Check positioning.

Growth Spurts
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.

by on Aug. 9, 2007 at 9:22 AM
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lilmami316
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:13 PM

thank you for this very helpful

4kings1queen
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:50 PM
Ok. Now im worried. My baby doesnt have 3 bowel movements a day. I think me being stressed out is the cause of this. I feel like im nursing every hour. :-(
BrownEyedGirl86
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM
My dd doesn't either how old is yours? My dd is 4.5 mon old

Quoting 4kings1queen:

Ok. Now im worried. My baby doesnt have 3 bowel movements a day. I think me being stressed out is the cause of this. I feel like im nursing every hour. :-(
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BrownEyedGirl86
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM
My dd doesn't either how old is yours? My dd is 4.5 mon old

Quoting 4kings1queen:

Ok. Now im worried. My baby doesnt have 3 bowel movements a day. I think me being stressed out is the cause of this. I feel like im nursing every hour. :-(
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Baby_Avas_Momma
by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM
How old is your baby? Once baby is over a month old, it's 100% normal to go DAYS (sometimes even weeks) without pooping. As they get older, their bodies become more efficient at absorbing all the good stuff in our milk, leaving very little waste (poop). As long as baby is wetting diapers and passing gas, everything is fine, just be prepared for a blowout! Nursing frequently is normal also, breastmilk is very quickly digested and growth spurts will cause baby to act like a starving little monster! ;)

Quoting 4kings1queen:

Ok. Now im worried. My baby doesnt have 3 bowel movements a day. I think me being stressed out is the cause of this. I feel like im nursing every hour. :-(
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Cruz-s-mommy
by Amanda on Sep. 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM
BF babies can go up to 10 days, occassionally longer, w/o a BM (after the first few weeks mind you,) and still be perfectly healthy! My Ds had poopy dipes 3-5 times a day only for 1st 2 wks after that he had 2-3 poopies a week, and I have oversupply Baby-Avas,mommy has it covered!!
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4kings1queen
by on Sep. 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM
Lol...thanks ladies. My baby is one month old. She finally had two blowouts yesterday.
gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 22, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Wow, haven't seen this in a long long time! Loribbi was the group's original owner.

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