There are a number of important things that a breastfeeding mother should know, and they are very important for the health of both the mother and the newborn. Breast milk is the most suitable and safe food for your newborn. It contains all the nutrients that a baby needs. During the first few days after delivery, small amounts of light yellow colostrum, or colostrum, produced by the mother’s breasts, are sufficient for the newborn. This early milk is packed with all the nutrients and prevents the newborn from getting infected. Therefore, it is very important to give all the original milk produced to the baby. It is mandatory to exclusively breastfeed the newborn until the age of six months, after which the baby should be supplemented with supplements. Breastfeeding your baby can take up to two years or more.
Why should you breastfeed your baby until he is six months old?
Breast milk contains enough nutrients for your newborn to grow properly until he is six months old. Generally, the amount of breast milk produced by the mother is also sufficient for the growth of the baby. It is not necessary to give water or other extra fluids during the first six months of life as the baby will get enough water through proper breastfeeding. Also, breastfeeding alone until the baby is six months old can protect the baby from disease and reduce the risk of allergies.
How Long Should You Breastfeed Your Baby?
You should start breastfeeding within an hour of your baby being born. It is important to breastfeed whenever your baby needs it. Also, the baby’s weight should be measured once a month so that you can get an idea of the baby’s growth. If you feel that your child is not gaining weight optimally, seek medical advice. After the baby is six months old, supplements should be introduced gradually, and breastfeeding can continue for up to two years or more.
Should Vitamin Supplements Be Given to Breastfed Babies?
Infants who are exclusively breastfed do not need to be given vitamins and minerals. Immature and underweight children can be given supplements and vitamins only on medical advice.
Why should a sick baby be breastfed?
It is very important to maintain adequate nutrition when your child is sick. This will speed up the baby’s recovery and prevent the baby from developing during the illness. Therefore, regular breastfeeding should be continued, and increasing the frequency of breastfeeding will have both the benefits of quick recovery and proper nutrition for the baby.
How should working mothers breastfeed?
When the mother is not with the baby, breast milk can be used to feed the baby. Breast milk can be stored safely for up to six hours at room temperature and up to 24 hours in the refrigerator (not the freezer compartment). Milk should never be heated when giving back to the baby, and it is best to use a clean small spoon with a clean cup to feed the baby. Never give bottles of milk with soup to your baby.
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