It is world’s breastfeeding week and we at BabyBliss are going to be enlightening and reminding us about facts on breastfeeding. It’s going to be a whole week of exciting topics like; Things we should know, mostly asked questions etc. Please stand/sit/lie tight as we run you through.
What is breast feeding?
Health professionals recommend that breastfeeding begins within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often and as much as the baby wants. During the first few weeks of their life, babies may nurse roughly every two to three hours and it can be 10 – 15 minutes on each breast.
How long should you breastfeed your baby?
Breastfeeding should exclusively be for six months. What does this mean? It means that no other foods or drinks other than vitamin d are typically given. After you’ve introduced food to your baby at six months of age, it is recommended that you continue to breastfeed until at least one to two years of age.
What is the proper timing for breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding for newborn babies is typically every 1 to 3 hours which is approximately 8 – 12 times in a day for the first 2 – 4 weeks of when the baby is born. Previous mothers know by this time that the needs and pattern for babies are totally different. While some will suckle at the breast when they’re hungry, other babies will suckle at the breast immediately after been fed even though they’re not really hungry. Some other reasons why babies feed may be because they’re lonely, scared or in pain.
NOTE: You should breastfeed only when your baby is hungry (On baby’s demand)
Where is suitable to breastfeed in public?
While public nursing is becoming more accepted globally, it still seems to attract a lot more attention than bottle-feeding and unfortunately not always the sweet kind we think. Fortunately, there are ways to nurse your baby confidently, even confidentially, in public places. You should know that you can breastfeed your baby anywhere you want because breastfeeding in public is not a crime.
Below are tips for breastfeeding in public:
- Make sure you wear proper clothing for nursing.
- Feed your baby before he/she gets too hungry and out of control
- Practice breastfeeding in front of a mirror before leaving the house
- Try using a cover. E.g. A blanket, shawl or poncho
In conclusion, breastfeeding is a natural, healthy and awesome way to ensure your baby grows with the right nutrients.