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Breast Feeding: The First Six Weeksfrom: Maxx Family Life
Breast milk is the best food you can give to your baby. Breast milk is a complete food source, containing all the nutrients your baby need -- at least 400 of them -- including hormones and disease fighting compounds that aren't found in formula.
The nutritional makeup of breast milk will adjust to your baby's needs as he/she grows and develops. Aside from the brain building, infection fighting benefits of breast milk -- which no formula can match -- nursing will also help to build a special bond between you and your baby. When nursing, your child thrives on the contact, cuddling, and holding -- and you will as well.
Since breast feedings usually takes up to 40 minutes or more, pick a cozy spot for nursing. Atmosphere is very important, even more so in the early days of breast feeding when you're still trying to get the hang of it. If you're easily distracted by noise, go somewhere quiet.
Always hold your baby in a position that won't leave your arms or back sore. It works best to support the back of your baby's head with your hand, although which position you choose depends on what's more comfortable for you.
When supporting your baby, a nursing pillow can sometimes help a lot. You should never feed until both you and your baby are comfortable. Pay attention to how your breasts feel when your baby latches on, as his/her mouth should cover most of the areola below the nipple, and the nipple should be far back into your baby's mouth.
While some women adjust to breast feeding easily, others find it difficult to learn. If you're feeling discouraged, understand that you aren't the only one. Everyone feels different when starting, it all depends on the mother and the situation.
Breast feeding requires practice. Therefore, give yourself as much time as you need to get worked out so that it's second nature. Always take it one feeding at a time. If you're having a bad day, tell yourself that it'll get better. Keep in mind that most problems are temporary, and you'll be nursing like a pro by your six week postpartum checkup.
The first six weeks will be both an adventure and training. You can't expect to know everything when you begin, which is where training and practice will really help you excel.
The more you breast feed, the more you'll learn. You'll also build a bond with your baby -- which is something you'll treasure for the rest of your lives.
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