Breastfeeding is more than just food. The child needs proximity to her mother’s arms.
It is known today that close body contact has a great significance for the child’s continued emotional development.
There are a number of good reasons to try breastfeeding:
- Breast milk is the best nutrition for the baby. It contributes to protection against infections and is considered to protect or postpone the development of allergies.
- For the newly delivered mother, the uterus contractes faster through breastfeeding and it accelerates the mother’s weight loss.
- Breastfeeding is comfortable. Breast milk is always nutritious, hygienically packaged, pre-cooked and just warm.
Ten common questions about breastfeeding
Do I have enough milk?
Milk quantity is controlled by demand. The more you breastfeed the more milk is formed. If you have doubts about the child getting enough of him, make sure he or she is peeing regularly, and that the urine does not appear to be too concentrated (dark in color). How often the baby kisses says more about how much it got in it than how often it pooped.
How long should I breastfeed?
As long as you and the child want. Six months is recommended, then morning and evening with the addition of other food. Taste portions you can start with even a little earlier – consult with your BVC nurse.
How often should my baby suck?
Whenever it wants. Breastfeeding is not only food but also comfort, craving, love, warmth and companionship. But expect to breastfeed at least eight times a day for the first time.
How do I know my child is measured?
When the child falls asleep and lets go or does not suck so intensely and rarely swallows.
Does the child have to scratch between and after a meal?
Give the child a chance to rape by holding the child against the shoulder. But not all children need to be raped.
Should I wake my baby if she / he sleeps more than 4 hours?
No, most children have a longer period of sleep during the day. Full healthy children do not need to be awakened if they sleep long. Some very young or sick children may need to be woken up – ask your midwife or doctor about how to do it.
But as a rule, the main thing is that the child gets the chance to eat enough times in total, about 8 times a day.
How do I know the chest is empty?
It never gets really empty. And already after 2 hours, 75 percent of the milk has been refilled. For milk production to get started properly – breastfeed only one breast at a time in the beginning, and alternate breasts between each breastfeeding occasion.
Can I eat everything while breastfeeding?
Yes, basically just eating a balanced diet, but not losing weight.
Some children get stomach upsets of some food, if you suspect it is something you eat yourself, avoid this for a week. Then try eating this food again, to see if the baby gets stomach upset again. Read about how your own habits can affect breast milk.
How often should the child poop?
It is very individual, from several times a day to 7-10 days apart. Breast milk is a little laxative in itself, so breast-fed children do not risk being constipated.
Why does my child scream in the evening?
It is a normal circadian rhythm for many children. Compare how the child was when it was unborn. Breast milk’s fat content also varies during the day and is less oily in the evening. Then the baby has to eat more often, it is not too little milk – breastfeed often, rest dinner.
Read more about baby sleep.
Do you have more questions about breastfeeding?
Contact your local BVC nurse, breastfeeding clinic or Breastfeeding Help by phone.
True and false about breastfeeding
” You get hangovers if you breastfeed.”
No, it is not the breastfeeding, but the pregnancy, that gives the breast.
“ I can’t breastfeed because I have too small breasts. “
The size of the breasts has no effect on breastfeeding or the amount of breast milk.
“ You get tired and depressed by breastfeeding. “
If you feel tired and down after childbirth, it does not depend on breastfeeding, but on the conversion to a completely different life. Breast milk production is so efficient that it takes very little energy from the mother.
” He screams, then he must be hungry? Or does he have a stomach ache? “
Even today there are many who always associate the baby’s screams with hunger or stomach pain. Screaming is one of the child’s ways of conveying feelings and needs. Children can scream for many reasons, such as being sad, sad or scared. It takes time to learn why the child is screaming – try it out.
“ Are you still breastfeeding, now she needs much stronger food. That thin, bluish blush isn’t enough? “
The nutritional value in breast milk is constant for several years, but the fat content can vary and the child must suck according to his or her needs so that the mother produces as much milk as her baby needs. There is never a fault with the quality of breast milk, but the amount may need to be increased sometimes.
You can heal up to about 6 months, so as long as breast milk alone is enough.