We ask all mothers to remember all the facts they know about breastfeeding after birth for mothers who will taste their mother for the first time and who are looking forward to giving birth, or mothers who can’t wait to embrace their second baby! Because, from the Şişli Hospital Child Health and Diseases Department, Uz. Dr. Seda Günhar gave information about the importance of breastfeeding within the scope of “ 1-7 October World Breastfeeding Week ”. When is the first breastfeeding after birth? How often should breastfeeding the baby be? Here are 10 questions about breastfeeding!
The most important process for mother and baby after birth starts with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is very important for both mother and baby, but it requires a little patience and care. It is necessary to start breastfeeding within the first half hour after birth, if possible. In addition, knowing the correct breastfeeding positions, planning the frequency of breastfeeding and eating a balanced diet is important.
What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is the most effective way to establish a strong bond between mother and baby.
It is also known that prolactin, milk hormones provide birth control from the end of pregnancy to the end of breastfeeding. Breast milk also protects babies against cancer, diabetes, obesity, allergies and intestinal diseases. Moreover, the baby’s first vaccine is the first oral milk called colostrum, which it absorbs from its mother. In this first milk, which has a yellowish color, there are beneficial biological active substances that strengthen the immune system of the baby. Knowing the correct breastfeeding position gives the mother a great advantage. Nipple crack caused by not keeping the baby properly and not grasping the nipple well may cause the mother to hurt and cool without breastfeeding. For this reason, training on breastfeeding should be taken in the last days of pregnancy.
When should a baby be born for the first time after birth? Breastfeeding should begin within the first half hour. It is necessary to breastfeed within the first half hour, even if the birth was by cesarean delivery.
Especially, new mothers who give birth by cesarean should breastfeed every 2 hours for milk to come faster. After the milk performance has begun to come, physiological feeding time should be every 3 hours. This period may change as the babies grow, but the decisive factor is the baby. Some babies often prefer to suck at long intervals. The ideal is an active diet for 15-20 minutes every 3 hours. In this way, the baby gets a healthier sleep, defecation and diet. The sleep of babies who sleep 4-5 hours at night should not be divided and if sleeping, they should be allowed to sleep for 5 hours. related to breastfeeding interval and duration. A baby feeding for 20 minutes in 3 hours empties the breast and the breast fills up again in the next 3 hours. Mothers who start working life should provide milk every 3 hours. As the months progress, it can be every 4 hours. Milking is important for the continuation of the physiological order.When snacks or main meals are skipped, metabolism slows and milk production decreases. Industrial products and sugary foods should not be consumed much. Protein, vegetable, fruit, cereal based nutrition model should be adopted. Eggs, cheese, yoghurt, meat, fish, village chicken, all foods that provide physiological nutrition play an important role in milk production. Cereals such as bulgur, wheat and oats should also be included in the diet. Raw nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and dried fruits can be consumed in the snack. It should not be forgotten that the increase in milk is not by eating too much, but by eating a healthy and regular diet.
How Long Should Baby Breastfeed?
Unless otherwise stated by the doctor, the baby should only be fed breast milk for the first 6 months. Complementary feeding exercises start from the 6th month. You can create a transition to supplementary food and a baby’s nutrition program with your doctor. The baby should continue to breastfeed until the age of 2.
How to Prevent Mastitis?
Mastitis is one of the most common health problems experienced by nursing mothers.
As a precaution, it is necessary to know and apply the correct breastfeeding position. It is very important to avoid high-fat creams as much as possible and apply breast milk while breast care. Continuous closure of the nipple with pads in an airtight delays wound healing. To do this, using chest shields will improve in a much shorter time. It should not be showered with excessive hot water and massage the breast as much as possible in the shower. keeping the breast clean. The nipple should not be cleaned very often. In particular, it should be avoided to clean with carbonated water or other disinfectants. It will be sufficient to clean only once a day with normal shower and body soap.
How should we feed the baby when breast milk is low?
he should never lose hope. In order for the baby’s general condition to be good, breastfeeding should be given after breastfeeding if breast milk is not sufficient.It is necessary to hold the baby in the breast for 15-20 minutes, and then, if it is not enough, to make a formula. The use of bottles should be avoided in the first week after birth. The baby who receives the bottle may have trouble getting the breast.