If breastfeeding hurts, something is wrong, and you should seek help
It is true that many women find breastfeeding painful at first. However, if you are experiencing pain or soreness that lasts longer than a few days and/or has no obvious cause (e.g., poor positioning or latch), seek help from your doctor or lactation consultant. If the baby’s latch is incorrect, it can cause undue pain for the mother and may lead to cracked and sore nipples. If this happens (and it does happen more often than you’d expect), seek help immediately because an improperly-latched baby can also cause other serious injuries including bleeding and long-term nipple damage.
Breastfeeding mothers should avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol.
- Remember that alcohol is a drug, so it can pass into your breast milk. This is especially true of beer, wine and other fermented beverages. While breastfeeding mothers should avoid tobacco and alcohol altogether (which can be difficult for some people), you can still enjoy moderate amounts of non-alcoholic beverages like coffee, tea or carbonated drinks such as soda.
Mother’s diet has an influence on breast milk composition and hence affects the baby
The mother’s diet has an influence on breast milk composition and hence affects the baby. Breast milk is made up of 98% water, 50% carbohydrates, 40% fat and 10% protein.
The fact that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby cannot be stressed enough. It contains all the nutrients needed for growth and healthy development during a baby’s first six months as well as antibodies that help protect against infections in early life.
Breastfeeding is beneficial for both mom and baby in many ways
Benefits for mom and baby
- Breastfeeding is beneficial to both mom and baby. It can help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer, as well as certain types of obesity later in life. In addition, it boosts the production of hormones that combat stress and depression.
Benefits for society
- Breastfeeding helps keep medical costs down because it reduces the need for formula or other supplemental foods, which are expensive and often high in sugar content (particularly when they’re flavored).
- The rate at which women are breastfeeding has risen steadily since 2007 — but there’s still room for improvement!
The best way to make sure your baby gets all it needs is to feed on demand
The best way to make sure your baby gets all it needs is to feed on demand. Your body will tell you when the time is right. You might find that your little one gets hungry at night, or in the early morning, or even during their afternoon nap. If you are unsure whether your baby is hungry, try offering them a breastfeed and see if they take an interest in it. If they don’t want to feed at all, don’t force them – there may be another reason why they’re not keen on feeding at that moment in time!
Remember, there’s no rule book when it comes to breastfeeding! The only thing that matters is getting support from friends (and family!) who understand what you’re going through and being honest with yourself about how things are going between you and your little one so far!
If a baby isn’t latched on right, it can cause pain to the mother
It’s important to ensure that your baby is latched on correctly. A good latch is a wide mouth covering the nipple and most of the areola, flanged lips with no space between your baby’s upper gum and your nipple, a nose completely covered by their lower lip and tucked in under the chin, and an opened wide mouth that covers most of the areola.
Breastfeeding can be difficult at times but it has many benefits for both mom and baby, so try to stay positive while figuring it out!
When you think of breastfeeding, your first thought is probably not about the environment. But breastfeeding is good for the planet—it reduces food waste and keeps millions of tons of plastic bottles out of landfills every year.
Breastfeeding is also good for mom’s health, because it means less time spent packing lunches and more time bonding with baby!
Plus, if you’re deciding between formula and breast milk at home, there are plenty more reasons to choose breastmilk:
The best way to get the most out of breastfeeding is to be patient, positive and supportive of yourself and your baby.
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