Zoo Guest ~ Betty Greenman Lactation Consultant is here to share about Breastfeeding
Thanks for stopping in Betty, the Zoo is happy to have you!
Breastfeeding is one of the best things a mother can do for her baby. Breastfeeding has so many benefits such as: easily digested, promoting good growth and development, etc...yielding benefits that last a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to get breastfeeding off to a good start as soon as possible. In order to get started in the hospital, it is a good idea to consult with the Lactation Consultant. She will begin to help guide you and get you started right.
For the first few days of breastfeeding, you may see only a little bit, especially if this is your first one. After a few days, your mature milk will come in. Breastfeeding is supply and demand so the more you breastfeed, the more you produce. A new mother should try to breastfeed at least every three hours. The more a baby sucks on your breast, this will help the baby develop good sucking skills and make sure you have the baby properly latched on. It is good for a Lactation Consultant to watch you do this in the hospital before you come home. If you do develop sore nipples, let your breasts dry in the air while you are sitting in your room, use your own breast milk for sore nipples or Lanolin cream. Additionally, your own breast milk works well for dry and cracked nipples.
A good breast pump is also important to have. I always tell my moms that even if you are breastfeeding the majority of the time, express to have some milk in the home just in case you want to go out. I like the Medela and Ameda pumps.
Make sure that you know the guidelines for breast milk storage. There are many however, theses are ones that I use. Breast milk can stay in a cooler for eight hours if you need to work. Breast milk can be kept in a refrigerator for five days, in a freezer for 3-4 months. Use warm water to warm it up. Do not warm breast milk in a microwave.
In conclusion, breastfeeding is a fun way to bond with your baby. Breastfeeding may not come easy for every mom but practice makes perfect. Remember that you are doing the best thing for your baby so relax, drink enough fluids to quench your thirst, rest and enjoy your baby. Just take it one step, one day at a time and before you know it, your baby will grow and become big and strong and you will see the rewards of breastfeeding. Have a blessed day.
With Warmest Regards,
Betty H. Greenman BS, CLC, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant