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Breastfeeding

Babies need to eat often—every 90 minutes to two hours. Breastfeed your baby when she begins to show signs of hunger, such as rooting or sucking on her lips, fingers or fist. Try to feed her before she cries. Breastfeeding your baby often won’t spoil her. It will help you learn to become more aware of your baby’s needs.

Do not limit feeding times. Babies need different amounts of food at different times of the day, just as grown people do.

Relax! Take your time. The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk you will have. Do not give your baby formula or water. If you do, you will make less milk. If you think you do not have enough milk, breastfeed more often and longer.

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Here are some useful tips:

  • While breastfeeding, hold your baby’s tummy to your tummy, baby’s chin to your breast. You can do this sitting or lying down. Hold your breast in a “C-hold,” with your thumb on top and fingers underneath. Tickle your baby’s lips with your nipple until her mouth opens wide. Quickly bring her onto the breast. Allow the tip of your baby’s nose and chin to touch the breast.
  • Make sure your baby’s mouth covers your entire nipple and much of the darker part around the nipple. Your baby’s upper and lower lips should be rolled out. If the lips are not rolled out, break the suction by slipping your finger between the baby’s gums and your breast. Then latch the baby on and start breastfeeding again.
  • Offer your baby both breasts at each breastfeeding session. Your baby will tell you when she is finished by “falling off” the breast.
  • After breastfeeding, rub a few drops of breast milk onto your nipples. Let them air dry. Then cover the nipple with nursing pads, a bra or clothing. This will help keep them from getting too dry.

Your nipples may be tender in the first few days of breastfeeding. This is common. By and large, tenderness goes away once the milk begins to flow. If you have a lot of pain, call a breastfeeding counselor or your doctor. Your doctor or counselor cans also help if you have cracked or bleeding nipples. If it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t right.

If you are out with your baby, you can still breastfeed. You may want to take along a receiving blanket or shawl with which to cover up.

If you have to be away from your baby, you can still give her breast milk. You can withdraw or “express” breast milk by hand or with a breast pump into a sterile container. Then someone else can give it to her in a bottle.

While you are breastfeeding, it is important for you to have adequate, high-quality nutrition and drink enough water. You should avoid drugs while breastfeeding, unless the doctor specifically tells you to take a certain medication even though you are breastfeeding.

What is the best way to store and freeze/thaw milk?
Some hospitals don’t allow the use of frozen milk. But these are some tips..

  • Containers used for collection or storage of breast milk should be clean and sterile.
  • Most hospitals supply sterile containers or bottles, or small bottles of sterile water (discard water) which can be used to store breast milk.
  • Small plastic bags or disposable bottle liners (double bag) can be used to freeze milk. Some of the breast pump manufacturers make bags specifically for the purpose of storing milk though these can be expensive.
  • You need to label each collection with your name and the date, as the oldest milk will be used first. It is safest to refrigerate or freeze milk promptly after pumping.
  • Fresh milk can be refrigerated and transported on ice to the NICU(Neonatal Intensive Care Unit),. Many NICUs have a refrigerator or freezer where you can store your milk. Make sure that you don’t overfill any bag of milk that will be frozen as the milk will expand in the freezing process.

Husband’s help:
For mothers struggling with the demands of pumping, a husband’s support is very important. Husbands can help by encouraging rest, shopping for food and cooking, providing companionship during the endless breast pump sessions, offering back rubs, borrowing magazines and videos to help make the time spent expressing more tolerable.

And remember to praise. Expressing milk for months on end can feel like a thankless task. Husbands who nurture their wives through this long and demanding process are helping to provide their premature babies with a unique gift of love.

Sometimes it becomes clear that breastfeeding isn’t working out. This can be devastating for a mother who has always hoped to breastfeed, and the love and support of a husband can be a great comfort.

Breastfeeding to Twins

Breastfeeding to twins is the most difficult thing. But in this post you read the information about breastfeeding. Photos will help you to take the exact poses for breastfeed. So lets try!!!

First Get Comfortable
When you breast feed you will need either a large comfy chair, or sofa or even a double bed. It can help to have access to either the TV or some relaxing music  to listen to whilst you feed. Some mums have an audio book on the go, others watch DVD or a programmed on the TV.

A large V shaped cushion is also really good for supporting babies on especially if you have a caesarean section in that you want to take as much pressure as possible off your abdomen. If you don’t have a V shaped cushion you could use some extra pillows stacked up so that your babies mouths are at the same height as your breasts.

Have a drink before you start breast feeding and one after you finish.

At first you may need some help to pick the babies up and to place them in the correct position for breast feeding, but after a while you will be able to pick them up and latch them on without any help. It can help for you to have a bouncy chair to hand for you to put one of the babies in should you need to for whatever reason. Sometimes one baby needs a little extra time on the breast so you could pop him/her into the baby bouncer whilst you finish off the other twin.

Relax during breastfeeding!!
The more relaxed you are about breast feeding, the more milk is going to be produced. This is because the hormone Oxytocin is released more readily if you are relaxed. Having some calming or soothing music on in the background whilst you feed can help you relax.

How long should I allow them to suckle for?
As long as they need is the general recommendation. At first babies (particularly small ones) need a small amount of milk at a time at very frequent intervals. Some babies finish a feed in around 10-20 minutes, others especially newborns can take a while longer. A baby who has had enough may move his or her head away from the breast.

Positions for twin’s Breastfeeding..

Fig 1 

 A comfortable way to breastfeed both babies at once is to lay each on a pile of cushions on either side of you. Their bodies are tucked round yours allowing you to cradle both their heads in your hands.

Fig.2

Smaller babies can fed together by laying them across one another on your lap. Some mothers find this method comfortable if they sit cross legged on the floor or bed well supported with pillows.

Fig. 3

You may perfect to breastfeed your babies separately. You can feed one while talking and playing with the other baby beside you on the bed or sofa.  

Fig .4

Once your babies are feeding well you may like to lie down to feed, especially at night, using pillows and your own body to support their weight.