At first, breastfeeding can be difficult. Both you and your baby need time to get to know each other, you also need time to find the most comfortable way for you to breastfeed. Learning about nursing may be quite complicated, but there are some common things that you should know. Here is our guide to help you with breastfeeding.
How Much Milk Should You Breastfeed Your Baby A Day
At birth, your baby’s stomach is still very small and they often eat about 7 ml of milk for each feed during this period. However, their stomach size will grow bigger day by day. On the 3rd day after birth, your baby’s stomach can hold 22-27ml per breastfeed. By the end of the first week, your baby can have 60ml of milk. After the first two weeks, your baby will normally have an average of 60ml – 100ml of milk in a nursing session. And when your baby reaches their first 3 months, their stomach will be able to hold up to 900 ml.
Some Signs That Show Your Baby Is Full
If this is your first time nursing a baby, it may be difficult to know if you have enough breastmilk. However, some simple signs can show you that your baby is full. A common sign is based on your baby’s hands. When they are hungry they will often hold their fingers together. Conversely, when full, your baby will relax their hands. Furthermore, your baby will show joy, comfort, and satisfaction after each feed if they have enough milk. The best sign that shows if your baby is fed enough is their weight. If your baby’s weight increases steadily after about the first 2 weeks of nursing, It means that you have enough breastmilk and your baby is fed well.
Proper Breastfeeding Posture:
There are some things you should note to choose the best posture while nursing. Hold your baby to face you. The baby’s chest is close to your breast and their chin touches your nipple. Taking off your baby’s clothes while breastfeeding will have some benefits. Researches show that skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby can make the process more convenient as well as strengthen your bonds. You should let your baby use their instinct to find your nipple during the nursing session. This skill requires both you and your baby to be in a comfortable position. Doing this may help it easier for your baby in the next sessions. Your baby’s chin should contact your breast first, not their face.
When holding your baby, you should lead your nipple to their mouth but not directly to their tongue. Your baby then can adjust themselves to be able to breastfeed the best way. You can help your child to be more comfortable by talking to your baby and encouraging them. Take care not to let the baby’s tongue roll inward, but rather on the lower jaw. At this time, your nipples will be on the baby’s tongue, from which they can suck milk more comfortably. However, Letting your baby lactate on your nipple for a long time is a wrong nursing posture that you should avoid. This will not only make you painful but also make your baby lose appetite as they put so much effort into sucking but receive so little milk.
Notes When Breastfeeding
The more you breastfeed your baby, the more milk your body will produce. However, you should not try to feed your baby too constantly. Your baby will draw your attention if they are hungry, so make sure to keep an eye on them. Force-feeding will make your baby scared and may lose appetite. Make sure that you spend time on yourself to relax. To ensure that your milk will have the best quality, you should keep a healthy diet as well. It is recommended that your diet include starch, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals.
Now you have our guide for breastfeeding. We hope that our guide will provide you with some knowledge to take care of your baby. Do you have any other breastfeeding tips? Share with other mothers in the comments!