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Importance of Breast Milk and Successful Breastfeeding Education

Importance of Breast Milk and Successful Breastfeeding Education

Importance of Breast Milk and Considerations in Feeding the Baby
Breast milk is the physiological food that meets all the nutritional needs of the newborn after birth. Babies should be fed with breast milk for the first 6 months and after 6 months, other foods should be introduced in addition to breast milk.

When to start breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding should be started as soon as possible after birth. It is ideal to breastfeed within the first half hour.

Why is breast milk called a miracle food?
There is no food equivalent to breast milk. It is a nutrient that provides immunity and has the most appropriate content for growth and development.

How should breast milk be stored?
Breast milk can be stored at room temperature for 3 hours, at +4 degrees in the refrigerator for 3 days, and in the freezer at -18 degrees for 3 months.

How often should I breastfeed my baby?
Although every baby's needs are different, it should be breastfed at least two hours apart every time he cries in the first time. Breastfeeding should not be short. In addition, babies do not cry just because they are hungry and not satisfied. Breast milk and being on the mother's lap have a calming effect on the baby.

How can I prevent newborn jaundice?
Neonatal jaundice is the name given to the high level of bilirubin in the blood. It usually appears in the first days after birth. When it gets too high, it is a serious condition that requires hospitalization. As a precaution, the baby should be breastfed frequently, if he sleeps for a long time, he should be woken up and breastfed, if he does not wake up, he should be fed with the help of a spoon by milking. As a result of feeding the baby, more toilet needs will be met, which will ensure the excretion of excess bilirubin.

How do I know when my baby is full?
Baby; Requires an average of 2-4 hours of labor
His belly is taut and full
Makes light colored urine 6-7 times a day
It is peaceful and sleeps well
The skin is bright and taut. No wrinkling, no drying
Weight gain is normal.

Is there any harm in using a pacifier or bottle?
Especially in the first days, using a pacifier may cause the baby to cry less and need to suck less, because every time he cries, the baby who frequently breastfeeds will also increase the breast milk. In addition, the baby who tries to suck the breast as he sucks the pacifier may not be able to fully grasp the breast, which may cause nipple sores and prevent adequate milk production by sucking without full grasping. The baby can be given milk in different ways to the baby who does not breastfeed.

How can I burp my baby?
By keeping the baby upright without shaking, it can be helped by patting the back. In addition, since breastfeeding with the right technique will prevent swallowing air, less gas problems are encountered.

Can the mother breastfeed her baby when sick?
Nursing mothers should definitely say that they are breastfeeding when they apply to the doctor. Doctor ; may prescribe medications that the mother can use or ask her to interrupt breastfeeding. In this case, it is expected that the mother will express her milk and throw it away. This is important for the continuity of milk.

How can breast milk be increased?
First of all, it is very important for the mother to be self-confident and feel good anxiety, the thought of not being able to cope with stress, sleeping in a separate room for the first six months, heavy diets, being hungry, insomnia, insufficient fluid intake and not feeding frequently prevent milk increase. The milk production of the mother who is breastfed frequently, who eats a well-balanced diet and takes plenty of fluids will also increase.

Is it necessary to sleep in the same room with the baby?
Especially for the first six months, it is appropriate to sleep in the same room but in separate beds for safety. When staying in the same room, the mother will make more frequent skin contact with her baby and breastfeed, as the baby cries, which will increase the baby's weight. In addition, milk production is more at night.

25 Temmuz 2023