Wednesday, September 4, 2019



 How To Breastfeed – A Step by Step Instruction

Breastfeeding or bottle feeding or how to store breastfeeding milk

Breastfeeding has long been recommended by medical experts.
 It's the best choice for feeding newborns. 
Ideally, for the first six months of life, mothers should feed the newborn babies exclusively. 
After that, mothers can continue breastfeeding babies until age two, and meanwhile you can introduce some solid foods to the babies.

However, breastfeeding is not recommended for all mothers and babies for physical reason. 
Mothers taking certain medicines, having tuberculosis or infected with some virus shouldn't breastfeed, in order to avoid infection transmission to infants. 
If you are not sure whether to breastfeed, you should talk with your doctor and confirm before feeding. 
If you are not comfortable with breastfeeding, you still can study more about formula and baby feeding bottles, in order to fulfill the baby's nutritional and emotional needs.

What's breastfeeding and advantages of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is to feed a newborn baby with breast milk instead of feeding by formula. Breast milk is considered as the healthiest form of milk for babies. It contains various vitamins and minerals which fulfilled newborn babies need. The breast milk composition (lactose, protein and fat) can be easily digested by infant's immature system.
Studies showed breastfeeding can help both the mother and the baby from a wide range of diseases. Babies fed by breast milk have less possibility to have some medical problems, for instance obese, high cholesterol, diabetes, allergies and so on. Mothers who prefer to breastfeed are less likely to have breast and ovarian cancer. Plus, breastfeeding can help shrink your uterus, burn calories and help shape your body figure. Breastfeeding is easier and quicker than feeding by formula as well. You don't need a lot of time to prepare, and you won't possible meet the problems of running out milk in middle night.

Last but not least, breastfeeding can fulfill mother's and babies emotional needs. By breastfeeding, you can gain confident in their ability of taking care infants. Also, the skin to skin contact can further enhance the connection between mom and baby.

 What to eat when breastfeeding ?

Did you ever wonder if the flavor of what you eat affects your baby?  Most women ask me questions about what they can or cannot eat while breastfeeding.  Some moms have  discontinued eating broccoli, cabbage and beans for fear the baby will have gasThe reality is that there aren’t many limitations and, in fact, exposing your baby to more foods while in the womb can help to shape food preferences later in life. You can go back to eating soft cheeses, sushi, deli meats and vegetables.  The old wives tale that says vegetables are the cause of gas and discomfort is just that, an old wives tale.  If your baby does have gas, it is usually because of dairy, soy or nuts and, in serious cases, an elimination diet should be tried.

Julie Mennella, who studies taste in infants at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, found that there isn’t a single flavor that does not show up in amniotic fluid or breast milk

Breastfeeding guide- Breastfeeding in the Summertime !

With the summer months upon us, there is always a question whether or not your baby should be receiving liquids other than breast milk. In the past, medical professionals and family well wishers have insisted on babies being given additional fluid in the form of water or juice in the summer months. If you are breastfeeding, additional fluids are not necessary.   Breast milk is 90% water; the other 10% is protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, hormones, enzymes, growth factors and protective ingredients. Healthy infants and preterm infants who are fed on demand and do not have their feeding timed will receive enough hydration to keep them well hydrated in the hot summer months. Additional water will just fill the baby up with fluid that has no nutritional value. Juice, even 100% fruit juice, will provide added sugar and calories that is not needed for energy or growth of babies and children.

However, mothers should keep themselves well hydrated with water in the heat of the summer months. Breast milk is made from your blood and if you are not well hydrated in the heat, you can compromise your milk supply. So remember to drink to thirst, and water is always best. If water does not appeal to you, perhaps a mixture of water and 100% fruit juice will help keep you hydrated. If you should experience a drop in your milk supply, The Shop at Full Circle has lactation aids that can help boost your milk supply.

So in the heat of the day, stay indoors and relax. Enjoy the sunshine in the early morning and take an evening walk with the baby to get some fresh air.


Here are just a few of our reasons that breastmilk  is the natural first food for babies:
Breast milk is perfectly made for babies.  It is all they need for the first 6 months of their lives. (Here is more information on the virgin gut.)
    People have been breastfeeding since time began.
    Extra immunity.  And immunity that is ongoing.  Whatever we’re exposed to, our bodies knows to produce antibodies that will be passed on to baby in the milk.  Amazing!
    Protection against SIDS.
    It’s just plain good for baby.  Yes, everything mentioned so far is good for babies, but the whole experience itself is good for babies.  Studies point out that breastfed children (especially boys) are more well-adjusted, less prone to weight problems, and smarter(yes, smarter!) later on in life.
    It’s free.  Well, yes, you should still be taking prenatal vitamins and eating a few hundred extra calories, but otherwise it’s pretty much free.  Formulas get expensive quickly.
    It’s easy.  Lift up a shirt and poof– instant food!  No preparation, no messy bottles to clean up.  No having to worry about forgetting to pack a bottle for baby for that outing.
    It’s good for mommy.  Breastfeeding helps mommies to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy.  Secondly, it serves as a natural form of birth control (although somewhat unreliable– read more about it here).  It is also a stress reliever (releases happy hormones) and wards off postpartum depression.  Finally, breastfeeding also decreases risks of breast and ovarian cancers.

Not convinced?  Read more for yourself.  Here are two excellent resources:  one from the La Leche League on the benefits of breastfeeding and the other from the AAP.  If you’re looking for something a little easier to read, here are 10 quick facts from WHO, or try Babycenter’s article on the subject.

Baby India  feels it is important for you to know not only about the advantages of breastfeeding, but of the disadvantages of formula. You can only make good decisions if you have good info!

For your perusing:

    Breastfeeding a Newborn- breastfeeding in our formula oriented world
    The risks and disadvantages of formula- a good overview on the disadvantages of formula
    The benefits of breastfeeding and the dangers of formula- what every parent should know about infant formula
    The impact of breastfeeding on child survival- UNICEF’s statement on exclusive breastfeeding
    Risks of Artificial Feeding- an in depth explanation of the risks associated with formula feeding
    The Politics of Breastfeeding- a review of the book explaining why this is such big business

How to breastfeed babies?

When you decide to breastfeed your baby, you might ask how to breastfeed a baby. Well, breastfeeding is a nature experience, but it also requires you to learn and practice.
When the baby is sucking his/her hand or crying, probably it's time to feed the baby. You need find a proper position to breastfeed the baby. You should lie on one side facing your baby. Then hold your baby close to your breast, and make the nipple deep in baby's mouth. Make sure the baby starts to suck it. Be careful do not make the nipple slip out of the baby's mouth.

 How to breastfeed and lose weight : Six Breastfeeding Tips You MUST Know

1) Wear a comfortable and loose bra. It is suggest wearing a professional nursing bra. A professional nursing bra is much softer and tenderer than ordinary bra. It can prevent the nipple from rashes or allergies, and also your baby won’t get hurt when you are breastfeeding.

2) Keep holding your breast while you are feeding the baby. Make sure your nipple deep inside the baby’s mouth so that the nipple won’t slip out.

3) Keep your nipple clean. It is important for keeping your baby healthy. If you have any infection or allergy on your breast skin, you should go to doctor and checked it carefully. If there is some serious issue, stop breastfeeding for a while until you are cured.

4) Avoid using medicine. If you have to take some medicine, clarify to the doctor that you are feeding an infant. Ask doctor prescribe you a medicine which won’t influence breast milk. Or you can stop breastfeeding for a while.

5) Drink more milk, juice or water. It will help you produce more breast milk. Moreover, the juice or milk’s nutrition is indirectly provides your baby more nutrition.

6) Calm down your baby before feeding him/her. When baby is crying, the baby paid most of attention on it, and also possible hurt your nipple when feeding the baby.

Frozen Breastmilk and a power outage

 This research was done by Breastfeeding Arts. It is very informative and will help women answer questions about defrosted breastmilk.

Lots of conversation going on about re-freezing thawed breastmilk with Irene bearing down on the East Coast this weekend … and thought I’d share some of the information discussed in my lactation circles online.

Colleagues have discussed protocols …  where if 50% or more remains frozen the milk can be refrozen. If more than 50% is thawed then you have the 24 hour rule.

And then there’s this study & further links below  …

(grateful for my IBCLC yahoo groups and colleagues for all this, thanks!)

Breastfeeding Medicine

To cite this article:

David J. Rechtman, Martin L. Lee and H. Berg. Breastfeeding Medicine. Spring 2006, 1(1): 24-26. doi:10.1089/bfm.2006.1.24.

The milk studied was donor milk expressed by mothers who took no special sanitary precautions. The milk was first stored at -20°C (-4°F) for two months and then at -80°C (-110°F) until its use in the experiment. Then the milk was thawed overnight to 4°C (39° F), separated into different sample batches, and refrozen to -80°C (-110°F).

The second phase of the experiment began by thawing these sample batches of milk to a room temperature of 23°C (73°F). Then each batch was exposed to one of the following conditions:

* 8°C (46°F) for 8 hours

* 8°C (46°F) for 24 hours * 23°C

(73°F) for 4 hours

* 23°C

(73°F) for 8 hours

* Multiple freeze-thaw cycles of varying lengths

* A steady -20°C (-4°F), considered the control

The Results

None of the milk developed unacceptable bacterial counts, the main concern about refreezing milk. In fact, they did not even come close.

There were some changes in vitamin content. Vitamin A levels stayed stable, but vitamin C levels decreased to about one-half when kept at room temperature for 8 hours and by one-fourth when refrigerated for 24 hours. However, the authors note that the reduced vitamin levels are considered adequate for full-term babies and older infants by the National Academy of Medicine.

Differences in fatty acids levels in the milk were considered clinically insignificant and unrelated to repeated freezing and thawing.

This should allow for… the salvage of milk that mothers might otherwise have been told to discard.”

This study further confirms the robustness of human milk. If its results are replicated, it will also give clinicians another tool to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. Then, if due to a power outage or something else, a mother finds herself with a larger amount of thawed milk than her baby can take in 24 hours, she will have the option of refreezing her thawed milk rather than discarding it.

For mothers who express their milk, this information may help them use more and discard less, resulting in better health outcomes for their babies.

After reading the article " How to breastfeed - best tips for smart mom ", you should know how to breastfeed a baby. If you still have questions, feel free to comment.


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