Breastfeeding has its share of difficulties from time to time, particularly for first-time mothers. Breast milk, on the other hand, is one of the most beneficial things that a mother can offer to her kid. When you are nursing, there are a lot of different things that you have to think about, such as what kinds of medications are okay to take and what kinds of foods you may consume to boost the number of calories that are included in your breastmilk.
Breastfeeding not only provides an exceptional source of nutrition for newborns by providing the ideal balance in nutrients and antibodies that are necessary for optimal development and health, but it also helps to build a deep emotional attachment between the mother and the child.
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Breastfeeding Tips and Recommendations
Remember, each mother’s breastfeeding journey is unique, so it’s essential to consult a lactation consultant or healthcare provider for personalized advice and support, said Dr. Ashwini Bhalerao Gandhi, consultant, gynecologist, P D Hinduja Hospital Medical Research Centre, Mahim, Mumbai.
Keeping this in mind, let’s have a look at some of the most helpful and interesting suggestions you may use either before or after breastfeeding:
1) Locate a setting in which you can unwind
Before beginning to express milk, it is beneficial to create a relaxing environment, as this assists with stimulating the reflex that causes milk to be released.
2) Make sure you pick the appropriate time
It is best to try and produce milk when the breasts seem full but not engorged. This is the ideal time to do so.
3) Applying warm compresses and massaging the area
Before expressing milk, preparing the breasts with a mild breast massage and the use of warm compresses will assist better increase milk production and make it simpler to empty the breasts successfully.
4) Make use of clean storage containers
Containers or breast milk storage bags that do not contain BPA are two options to consider.
5) The refrigeration system
Breast milk that has been freshly expressed can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, but during this time, the nutrients will begin to diminish. Milk from separate expressing sessions should not be mixed unless it is at the same temperature. If you’re using milk from several expressing sessions, you should not combine it unless it is the same temperature.
6) Make sure you are simultaneously pumping both breasts
It is possible to reduce time and increase milk output by concurrently expressing milk from both breasts while using a double electric pump.
7) Keep the food in manageable quantities
It is recommended to only keep a tiny amount of breast milk at a time, between 2 and 4 ounces, in each container.
All these recommendations are backed up by Dr. Vandana Sarkar, senior lactation consultant at Apollo Cradle and Children Hospital, Chirag Enclave, New Delhi. Each person has their routine when it comes to breastfeeding, so if you need to share something that wasn’t mentioned above, please leave a comment below.