15 Rules for for Breastfeeding
Jun 12, 2022 - Guest -
It has been proven that breast milk is the most complete food for a child in the first 6 months, and according to some observations, even during the first year of life. Successful breastfeeding requires the following rules based on WHO-UNICEF recommendations.
01. Early attachment to the breast, within the first hour after birth.
02. Exclusion of pre-breast feeding from a bottle or in another way, in order to avoid unwanted imprinting and not to form in the child the installation for any other feeding, except for breastfeeding.
03. Joint maintenance of mother and child in one ward.
04. The correct position of the baby at the breast, which allows the mother to avoid many problems and complications with the breast. This should be taught to the mother in the hospital or later with the help of a specialist and learn this on purpose.
05. Feeding on demand. It is necessary to apply it to the chest for any reason, giving the opportunity to suckle the breast when he wants and how much he wants. This is very important not only for the saturation of the child, but also for his feeling of comfort and security. There is nothing wrong with the fact that the baby once again attaches to the breast. There is no harm in this, only gain.
06. The duration of feeding is regulated by the child. You should not tear the baby from the breast before he releases the nipple.
07. Night feedings of a child provide stable lactation and protect a woman from stagnation of milk, the next pregnancy. In addition, night milk is considered the most complete.
08. Lack of additional soldering and introduction of any liquids. If the child is thirsty, it should be applied to the breast more often.
09. Complete rejection of nipples and bottle feeding. If necessary, supplementation should be given only from a cup, from a spoon or from a pipette.
10. You should not transfer the baby to the second breast before he sucks the first breast. If the mother rushes to offer the baby a second breast, he will not get enough late milk rich in fats. In addition, it can lead to stagnation of milk.
11. Exclusion of washing the nipples before and after feeding. Frequent breast washing removes the protective layer of fat from the areola and nipple, leading to cracking. The chest should be washed no more than once a day during a hygienic shower. If a woman takes a shower less often, then in this case it should be wiped before feeding with a damp cloth without using soap.
12. Refusal of frequent control weighings of the child. This procedure does not provide objective information about the nutritional value of the infant. It only irritates the mother, leads to a decrease in lactation and unreasonable introduction of supplementary feeding. Objective figures are given by weighing 1-2 times a week.
13. Exclusion of additional expression of milk. With properly organized breastfeeding, milk is produced exactly as much as the baby needs, so there is no need to express after each feeding. Expressing milk can lead to additional milk production that the baby cannot handle, which can lead to milk stagnation (lactostasis). The need for pumping arises when the child does not suck enough and / or milk stagnation.
14. A child under 6 months of age is exclusively breastfed and does not need additional nutrition and complementary foods. According to separate studies, he can be breastfed without prejudice to his health up to the age of 1 year.
15. Support for mothers who breastfed their children up to 1-2 years of age. Associating with women who have had positive breastfeeding experiences can help a new mother gain self-confidence and practical advice to help her breastfeed.