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Proper Breastfeeding

Don’t worry if your breasts are small. Breast size has no bearing at all on the ability of a woman to breastfeed her baby. As a matter of fact, women with small breasts sometimes produce more milk than those with full breasts consisting mostly 0f fatty tissues. Ask your obstetrician or nurse what to do to prepare the breasts especially the nipples, during pregnancy, to avoid sore nipples later on.

If you will deliver your baby in a hospital, ask your doctor if your baby can be brought to you for nursing as soon as possible, instead of being given a bottle as practiced in most if not all hospitals.

Colostrums – Nutritious than Milk

It is believed that the watery fluid called colostrums, which precedes milk, provides the infant a natural immunity from many infections. The colostrums also serve as a milk laxative that cleans out the first stool or bowel movement the baby passes out after birth.

The baby’s nursing stimulates the flow of milk more than anything else. A baby may nurse frequently (every 2 hours) at first but will later prolong the intervals between feedings. When he is about 1 month or 6 weeks old, he may even want to nurse all the time, apparently sensing that to get more milk, he must nurse harder and more frequently for two days until the supply of milk has built up or stabilized to satisfy him. Avoid rushing the nursing process and let the baby set his own schedule.

Some working mothers give their babies their breasts when they are at home at night to make up for their absence during the day.

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