New born

Newborn Breastfeeding Facts

Breast-Feeding
Written by Aisha Sathik
Here it comes, the most awaited things to know about your newborn breastfeeding. Your baby would have gone for a new-born screening test by a paediatrician in the hospital or you may be advised to go for it, don’t ignore it if you are undone yet, it’s important to check for the birth defect and your baby may got some vaccinations which has to be done in the first few days after birth. Track your baby’s vaccinations by following the vaccination chart, check with your doctor for further check-up and immunizations.

Newborn – Breastfeeding

It’s feeding time, now we are in the most important part, feeding can be either breast feeding or formula feeding, breast feeding is always the best for your baby since it’s with “high immune power” in the first few days of birth. Even you are not breast feeding your baby, “Colostrum” thick and yellowish fluid from breast in the first 3 days after giving birth will be produced and it’s highly nutritious and more enough for your new born.

Breast feeding alone is enough for baby and no other external food is necessary for baby till 6 months

Breast milk can be digestible easily; it contains enough protein, vitamins, fatty acids and sugar that are essential for your baby’s growth. Breast feeding helps to reduce the chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Breast fed babies are more healthy then formula fed babies.

During Breast feeding, your intake should be around 2000 calories; your intake should be nutritious and helpful to produce around 1.2 litre of milk every day. Take at least 3 litres of fluid since your body loses more fluid during breast feeding. If the fluid intake is less than the required you may experience constipation, dehydration and dark colored urine.

Breast feeding may cause cracked nipples, pain in nipples due to fungal infection, use nipple creams and consult your paediatrician if the problem is prolonged. If you are not breast feeding and you have breast milk you can feed by using breast pump, especially premature babies need more nutrition for a healthy development. If you are a working woman you can also store your breast milk by using the breast pump and can feed your baby later. In proper storage procedure it can be stored for up to 5 days but it’ll be better to give it on the same day or within 24 hrs.

In further articles we will discuss about soothing and bathing of your newborn.

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About the author

Aisha Sathik

was a software professional, a full-time mom of 5 years old boy and an aspiring author in BabyCareAtoZ.