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Breastfeeding Care

Best breastfeeding care for breastfeeding moms A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge...

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Change in breast size

Change in breast size The first thing you will notice is a change in the size and appearance of your breasts. Note that the size of your breasts in no way influences...

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Nutrition and breastfeeding

Nutrition and breastfeeding Breastfeeding is not always easy but the old adage, breast is best, is so true. Breastfeeding holds many advantages for both baby and mom (read more). It is...

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Best breastfeeding care for breastfeeding moms

A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. Grantly Dick-Read

Breastfeeding is as natural as childbirth itself. As a comedian once observed, ‘there are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it.’ In all seriousness, the value of breastfeeding cannot be underestimated, and while it is not always an easy process, breast milk is without doubt the healthiest choice for a newborn baby. Click here to read more about the advantages of breastfeeding. As a woman, your body is perfectly poised to meet your baby’s needs.  When you’re pregnant your body changes its shape to accommodate the life growing within you and your breasts transform into the perfect means to nourish your child.

The majority of expectant moms want to breastfeed and want the experience to be positive for them and their baby. Taking proper care of your breasts during your pregnancy and while breastfeeding is the first step as your own comfort will greatly influence the success of the process and how long you will persevere.


WHAT TO EXPECT

From early in your pregnancy your breasts will start producing colostrum. You may experience some leaking, which is completely normal, but don’t squeeze your nipples to force it out. If you find that you are leaking excessively, this is the time to start wearing beast pads.  Equally important to note is that there is no need to stress if your breasts don't leak at all during pregnancy. Many women only start producing colostrum after delivery and this has no effect on whether or not you'll be able to breastfeed successfully.

Your breastfed baby will feed exclusively on colostrum for the first few days of its life. You will find that you feed little and often. If this is your first baby, your milk will ‘come in’ about three to four days after delivery. This can be quite a shock as your breasts will suddenly be very swollen and feel full and heavy. They may also feel sore and unnaturally stretched - this will settle in a day or so. If you had a prolonged induction with an epidural or a very difficult delivery, your milk may take a day or two longer to come in. In the case of your second or third baby, the milk may come in as early as two days after birth. After about a week, breastfeeding is usually established and your breasts should begin to feel comfortable before, after and during feeds. 


Engorged Breasts

Engorged Breasts As your milk volume increases to replace the initial colostrum, it is normal for your breasts to feel overfull and hard. At this time, more blood also flows to...

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Mastitis

Breastfeeding should be a joyful experience for both mom and baby. However, it is taxing on the mother’s body and sometimes, unpleasant complications do occur. One such complication is mastitis,...

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Successful Breastfeeding – Some Helpful

Successful Breastfeeding – Some Helpful Hints Breastfeeding is the most natural, yet refined, process in the world. Some mothers and their babies fall into a comfortable routine so quickly you’d think...

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Nipple care during pregnancy Hormonal fluctuations will cause changes to the colour and size of the nipples and areola during pregnancy. Most get considerably darker and larger and some may stay...

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Colostrum

Colostrum So you have made a decision to give your baby the best possible start in life and you are going to try breastfeeding, the very first milk your baby will...

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The advantages of breastfeeding

The advantages of breastfeeding Why Breast Really is Best Mother's milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature's perfect food.Robert S. Mendelsohn As soon as...

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When to call the doctor

Consult with your health care practitioner if you experience any of the following:

  • A fever or chills
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Burning or severe pain in one or both breasts
  • Red streaks on a breast
  • Hard or lumpy spots in one or both breasts
  • A feeling of warmth or heat in one or both breasts
  • Breasts so swollen your baby cannot latch on to the nipples
  • Nipples that start bleeding
  • Low milk supply or your milk does not flow freely

Remember that the breastfeeding experience is different for every mom. If you are having difficulties, remind yourself of the gift you are giving to your baby and never be afraid to ask for help. Contact the La Leche League South Africa at http://www.llli.org/SouthAfrica.html or speak to a lactation consultant at your hospital – they are angels in disguise!


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