Breastfeeding

When to start breastfeeding?

You can start breastfeeding shortly after giving birth as soon as you recover. The baby must drink colostrum, the thick milk that comes out in the first days after birth, because it helps him to grow and to take protective substances that help him strengthen the immune system. Even if milk production takes a couple of days, you shouldn’t start feeding your baby with formula or bottle, but keep offering your breast. When your baby is offered breasts frequently, even after 3 or 4 days you may notice milk leaking from the breast. Breastfeeding should be offered to jaundiced infants and children. Do not give the baby artificial teats.

During the first few days, mom may find it more comfortable to breastfeed while lying down. In this way, she will be lying on her side and the baby will be facing her; the mother can move the baby with her free arm and move her hand to bring it closer to the breast. A back support pillow for mom and baby will help them feel more comfortable. When breastfeeding from sitting, the mother should stand with her back straight or slightly bent, but the womb must remain straight. For this position you can use a stool under your feet if necessary; even a pillow on the lap can help mom hold the baby comfortably.

How to make the baby latch on better?

Babies breastfeed by opening their mouths wide and moving their tongue. Slowly bring the baby to the breast, letting his mouth touch the nipple. At the beginning of breastfeeding, the mother may feel pain in the nipple; however, constant pain during breastfeeding indicates that the baby is not latching onto the breast properly. The reason for nipple pain is that the baby moves his tongue over the nipple rather than the breast.

If the mouth is not open enough, the tongue will rub on the nipple, injuring it. If the baby does not seem full enough after feeding, there is a problem with the way he latches onto the breast. to reach the milk-filled ducts the baby must open his mouth wide.


Various tips for taking care of newborns

Babies need plenty of rest to keep growing strong and healthy – some can sleep up to 16 hours a day. At about three months of age, the baby might sleep 6-8 hours a day, but at first, he may only be resting 2-3 hours at a time. In addition, he must be awakened for feeding every 4 hours.  

  • As soon as they are born, some babies may confuse day with night. If the baby is livelier at night, try limiting nocturnal stimulation by dimming the lights and talking in a low voice, and be patient until he begins to have a normal sleep cycle. 
  • Be sure to let the baby sleep on his back to reduce the risk of cot death (SIDS). 
  • Alternate the position of the baby’s head, tilting it left or right to eliminate the markings and flattening that can appear on the baby’s face if he spends too much time with his head in the same position. 

Uninterrupted sleep 

It is not necessary to remain silent when the baby is sleeping. The uterus is noisy and the babies are used to the noise. We watched television, vacuumed, washed dishes, and talked on the phone around her while she slept. 

Changing a newborn’s diaper 

 To take care of the newborn, parents must become experts in (fast!) Changing of diapers. 

  • You will need a clean diaper, nappy rash ointment, a bowl of warm water, a clean cloth, some cotton balls or wet wipes. 
  • Remove the dirty diaper. If it is wet, place the baby on its back, remove the diaper and use water and a cloth to clean the genital area. To avoid urinary tract infections, girls should be cleaned with front to back movements. If you notice irritation, apply ointment. 
  •  gently lifting his legs and feet. Pass the front of the diaper between the baby’s legs to reach the belly. Then, firmly attach the adhesive strips so that the diaper is well positioned and properly closed. 
  • To avoid diaper rash, change the baby and wash it with soap and water as soon as possible after each bowel movement. Leave the baby without a diaper for a few hours a day to air the bottom.