Breastfeeding is the only food your baby needs for the first 6 months. Carry on offering breast milk until your baby is two years old and older.
Feed on Demand
- Follow your baby’s hunger and completeness cues. This will found milk supply to match what your baby needs. Babies may feed about 8 times in 24 hours
- In the beginning, breastfeeding from both breasts to help make your milk supply. Later your baby may still feed on both breasts, or may be satisfied after one.
- Feed on the 1st breast until the baby falls away from your breast. This regularly tells you when your baby has had enough milk. Don’t rush though – your baby may just be resting as well as not yet finished.
- After burping, offer the other breast. If still hungry, your baby will handle on, suck and swallow.
- Start the next feeding on the breast you didn’t use the last feeding or the one you finished last.
- Watch for signs that your child is feeding well.
- If the infant isn’t feeding well, express or pump your milk at every feeding. It can be provided to your baby using another way such as a cup, spoon or bottle.
A Video on Latching your Baby: If your baby is 2 weeks old; you are breastfeeding or expressing milk at least eight times a day, and you’re concerned that you don’t have enough milk, look for support from your healthcare provider. Some herbs, as well as medicine, may enlarge milk production, but they only work if you’re emptying your breasts often.
If it is not possible to give your baby your breast milk, attempt pasteurized donor breast milk (if available) or store-bought method. A prescription from a doctor or midwife is required for supporter milk. For more information, watch this video:
Spend time cuddling your child skin-to-skin. This closeness encourages your baby to feed regularly. Seek out support as well as information to learn more about the skill of breastfeeding. It takes tolerance. You as well as your child both need time to learn. Spend time cuddling your child skin-to-skin; this close contact encourages breastfeeding. You can get more breastfeeding information.
Take Care of Yourself
Caring for you is significant for successful breastfeeding. Make it a priority to get enough rest and sleep, drink plenty of fluids as well as eating nutritious foods. Ask for help from your partner, family, and friends so you can focus on taking care of yourself and breastfeeding your child.