Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Some Problems of breastfeeding and their solutions

Some problems of breast feeding include having a low milk supply,sore nipples, leaking milk, colic, refusing to nurse, biting, and engorgement.
The good news is that there are solutions.

Having a low milk supply can be reduced by increasing the frequency of breastfeeding times. The more the baby sucks the more tha glands are stimulated to produce more milk. In the first few days, some mothers may not enough milk to satisfy the baby's hunger, in such cases, try to augment with bottle feeding.

For sore nipples, in my case, I kept breastfeeding the baby and it healed.

Colic. For this there are some medications for colic in the pharmacies but I cannot guarantee how much help they have helped. The fact is that it will go away as the baby gets older.

Refusing to nurse. Allow the baby to get a little more hungry and he will grab the next opportunity of food which is the breast.

when babies bite, they surprisingly know what they are doing, tap them a little with your finger and draw their attention to your face, hide the smile in your face to let them realize that it is not a joke. This worked for me.

For engorgement, let your partner help you suck the excess milk to prevent more harm.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The bond of breastfeeding

I had to leave my daughter to travel after three weeks of age. I left her with my mum because the travelling was very essential and I could not go with her.So, I stopped breastfeeding her at three weeks! The rest was bottlefeeding. However, when I had my son, I decided to compensate for what I did not do for my daughter, so I breastfed him for 2 years. As I observe both of them growing, the difference is very very clear. My daughter is too independent. can only allow me to carry her for a few seconds but my son loves attachment, likes frequent hugs and likes so much to be curdled. I do not regret the journey I made that caused me to stop breastfeeding my daughter to early. I just wish I could sudstitute another thing for the bond. but the fact is there is a type of bond that breastfeeding does that bottle feeding does not do, so if you choose to bottle feed, please compliment with the breast.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How long should I breastfeed?

To achieve the desired results, the recommended span of breastfeeding is at least 6 months. Those desired results include:
1. Bonding of mother and child: Here, six months is a good span of time for a baby to recognize the mother's voice, the mother's body odor, and the mother's face, and feel of skin.
2. Transfer of immunity from mother to child.
3. Trust.