Every mother would want to breastfeed their baby everyday. But for working mothers, sometimes you will not have enough time to breastfeed your baby. One of alternative way to keep give your baby the breast milk is by expressing the breast milk. To get the same quality of breast milk, the squeeze and save technique should be correct. Before you start, place a dry cloth under the breast to catch the dripping milk. Then gently massage the breast over several times with hands down toward the nipple. If the breasts are very tense, use warm cloth to relaxing it.
- Put your hand on the breast, thumb on top and other fingers underneath. If your breasts are a clock, a thumb is at 12 and the other fingers is at 6.
- Press the thumb and fingers directly into the breast tissue, leading to chest. Do not move away each other, but put pressure on the breast.
Once the pregnancy is over, now it's time for you to breastfeed your baby. Undeniably breast milk is the most perfect and important food for the baby. So it's advisable to give breast milk to the baby if you are in good and healthy condition. Breast milk will not only make the baby grow up healthy and strong. There are a lot of people who also said that breast milk can build the emotional relationship between the baby and the mother.
The nutrients contain in breast milk are easily digested and absorbed by the baby's body cells. Breast milk contains antibodies that can protect infants from infectious diseases. Breast milk contains vitamins, minerals, protein, DHA, long chain fatty acids polyunsaturated, essential fatty acids, etc. To make you more understand about the the benefit and the advantages of breastfeeding, i will give you several points why it's better to give you breast milk than formula milk.
Many mothers already know the benefits of breast milk for infants. But the decision to give exclusive breastfeeding or formula milk is really depends on personal choice of each mother. Although the choice has been determined, it's better for you to understand more about breastfeeding. Today, GoodBabyGuide will give you several facts, guide and tips to make you more understand about breastfeeding.
How to Know the Baby is Old Enough to Eat and Drink?
This is the most common question that every mother usually curious about their baby. To make you understand, read the following guidelines :
- Newborns usually eat 10-14 times a day, each 1 ½ - 3 hours, during the first week. The baby will have periods of cluster feeding (appetite arose over several times in a few hours). This normally happen at midnight to four in the morning or late afternoon to early evening.
- At the age of 3-5 days, your baby has enough to eat if his diaper was changed 5-6 times (disposable diapers) or 7-8 times (cloth diapers). And at least the child defecate 2-5 times per day. It will be yellow and liquid. This condition lasts until the baby is 1 month old.
After tips to how to increase breast milk production since pregnancy, today we give you another tips to increase breast milk production after delivery. It's important to pay attention of your body since pregnancy. Because breast milk production is important for your baby. Breast milk have a lot of benefit compared to formula milk. The content of the complex nutritions will not be irreplaceable by any formula milk. If your breast milk production is too little, there are several way to increase the production during lactation period.
Actually, by consume a healthy food an drink a lot of water is more than enough to increase your breast milk production. Below are several tips how to increase breast milk production after delivery :
- Do not wait until the breast feels tight for breastfeeding. Feed the baby as often as possible because it will stimulate breast milk production.
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Perchlorate is chemical element that can be formed either naturally or through production process by humans. Perchlorate has been used for more than half century as medicine to treat thyroid disease. Ammonium perchlorate is used as rocket fuel, while lithium perchlorate is used as backup oxygen in submarines and spacecraft. What is the relation between percholorate and formula milk? A study that conducted in US a few years ago has revealed that in fact almost everyone in the country always consume low levels of perchlorate on regular basis. They consume small amounts of perchlorate contained in food, dairy and water that contain chemical elements. The study also found traces of perchlorate in breast milk and formula milk.
What is the Dangers of Perchlorate?
Actually, perchlorate would not be harmful if consumed in small amounts. However, the amounts of perchlorate can eliminate the thyroid gland ability to use iodine. In fact, the thyroid gland requires iodine to produce thyroid hormones. This hormone is very important for the development of fetus and infant and helps regulate the body's use of energy.
For some of you who have friend who already had children, maybe you've heard some of them said that their baby have some milk allergies. This is an problem that mothers usually concern more after they have just delivered a baby. Is it true that mother's milk can cause allergies?
Babies can be exposed to allergy after consuming breast milk. Moreover, breast milk is the only nutrition can be consumed by baby until certain age. Infants may experience strange signs after consume breast milk. But if this happens then we should not pay attention only to the baby, but more focus to the food that was consumed by the mother. The food that consumed by mother usually can cause allergic problem to the baby after breastfeeding. That's why as mother we have to find out what is the allergens food that cause allergy to the baby. If the allergen is already known, you can stop or at least reduce the consumption of that foods.
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Giving breast milk to the baby as early as possible sometimes will be difficult, if the mother does not have enough knowledge and information about breastfeeding. Problems that are often experienced by breastfeeding mothers after childbirth are the milk production that is too little and sometimes there is milk gland disorders.
According to pediatrician and lactation counselor, dr. Jeanne Roos Tikoalu, Sp.A , an expectant mother needs to find information about pregnancy and breastfeeding as much as possible. In addition, expectant mothers need to check the condition of their body since early period of pregnancy.
"The problem of the milk glands may be detected when the mother is still pregnant. If some patient feel uncomfortable with male doctor, it shall be assisted by midwife," said Jeanne.
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Maintaining the balance of good bacteria in digestive means maintain the immune system of our body. One way to increase the good bacteria in baby colon is by giving breast milk as soon as the baby was born. Research shows that babies who are breastfed since birth have colonies of bacteria in their intestines which means it helps the absorption of nutrients and enhance the immune system. This will protect the baby from infection and disease.
According to researchers from Duke University Medical Center, the benefits that breast milk give to the babies can not be obtained from the formula. They conducted the study by growing two strains E. coli bacteria in breast milk, infant formula milk (either cow's milk or soy), and dairy cows.
The bacteria then begin to breed and multiply, but there are differences in the way they grow. In breast milk, the bacteria stuck together in biofilm layer, which is a thin layer that serves as a protection from harmful microorganisms and infections. The bacteria in infant formula and cow's milk grew as individual organisms that do not form a biofilm layer.
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Infants who consume breast milk directly from her mother usually have a better immune system. Breast milk from the mother contains important substances that make the baby body stronger against disease. However, even after getting breast milk, babies still need to get immunized because of immunity that acquired from breast milk only last temporarily.
Beside through breast feeding, the mother can also transfer her immunity to the baby while in the womb. This is usually recognized as maternal antibodies. However, the baby antibody levels is depend on the mother's immunity.
"If the mother had never received the immunizations, then their children will not be immune. But, if the mother had fully immunized against measles at birth, then the baby is also immune to measles," said Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro, Sp.A, the Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Tuesday (07/10/2010).
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There are many breastfeeding mothers who thought that formula milk is better than breast milk. When viewed from the nutrients in it, breast milk is far better than formula and it is safer to consume. Hesti Kristina P. Tobias, Vice Chairman of the Indonesia Association of Breastfeeding Counselor, said that what need to be known by the mothers who still breastfeeding is that no single formula milk is free from germs. Even according to WHO and FDA, all infant formula milk are not sterile and risk to have bacteria including sakazakii.
There are 4 (four) gold standard of nutrition for children, the Early Initiation of Breastfeeding since birth, exclusive breastfeeding 0-6 months of age, made in house food as the complement of breast milk from the age of 6-12 months, and breastfeeding is continued until the age of 2 years or more. These fourth pillar is the world's recommendation, either WHO or UNICEF.