God created man and woman and gave them abilities. Every ability and art will develop to its fullest potential only when put into practice. So is breastfeeding.
|Breastfeeding is a learned art for both you and your baby. Here is how to get off a good start:|
|· Try to let your baby have his first breastfeed within the first hour of birth when his suckling reflex is at its best. Your baby is more likely to latch more easily and feed more successfully in the days and weeks to follow. If your baby is not brought to you within 30 minutes after birth – call the nursing staff or doctor and demand an explanation. It is your baby’s rights as much as is your rights to be together. · If your baby is healthy and full term, try to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first eight weeks without any bottles or dummies. Start by rooming in with your baby after birth, this way you are always there whenever he needs you for feeding, comfort, mothering, etc. · If baby needs a top up feed try to use a little graduated cup, or a teaspoon, rather than any bottle. Take your own cup with you to hospital. Baby’s tongue action on the bottle teat is completely different to the breast and for this reason, Baby Friendly Hospitals have NO bottles or dummies (stipulated by the World Health Organization), only cups and teaspoons – to help prevent nipple confusion.|
|If baby is ill or does not suckle well you may need to use a breastpump to maintain supply. Make sure it is easy to use, effective and comfortable.|
|A good milk supply gives you immense confidence and a better chance of success. Good luck.|