TO ENSURE YOU EFFECTIVELY BREASTFEED YOU BABY, HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Start breastfeeding within one hour of delivery. The first milk or the nutrient-rich colostrum is the most essential food you can give your baby. When breastfeeding, ensure your baby doesn’t consume anything other than your breast milk. Ensure you don’t feed your baby water, honey water or formula to continue seamlessly nursing your baby. Don’t worry about how much or often you need to feed your baby. Breastfeeding on demand or whenever your baby cries, is a great way to nurture her. This can be anywhere between 10 to 14 times a day. In case of sore nipples, engorged breasts or even breast abscess, so do not abstain from breastfeeding your little one. Ensure you apply any lanolin-based and continue nursing. If the pain gets unbearable, consult your obstetrician you will guide you on your next steps. Avoid giving your baby feeding bottles or pacifiers as this can give rise to nipple confusion. Top feed or formula does not possess the antibodies that breast milk has, so be keen to only breastfeed your baby until she reaches at least six months of age. Do not take away your baby’s right to breast milk unless advised by the doctor for medical reasons.