Breastfeeding - the 7 most important things you should know!

Breastfeeding is a special experience for both mother and child that involves more than just eating. The direct contact and closeness between mother and child creates a deep connection that is of great importance for the relationship. But breastfeeding also offers numerous health benefits for both parties. It strengthens the baby's immune system, helps prevent or alleviate infectious diseases, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal diseases and dermatitis, and provides essential nutrients for the proper development and nutrition of the child. Breast milk is also beneficial for the mother as it can help return the uterus to its normal size faster and reduce the risk of breast cancer. It is recommended to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible, as breast milk provides a third of infants' daily needs for calories and protein, and thus can help the baby develop greater immunity. However, there are sometimes breastfeeding challenges that need to be overcome. However, with a little support and patience, breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for both mother and child.

The 7 most important tips about breastfeeding

  1. Breastfeed your baby as often as possible: In the first few days after birth, you should breastfeed your baby as often as possible, as the milk supply slowly builds up in the first few days. The more often the baby latches, the more milk is produced.

  2. Breastfeed your baby on demand: Let your baby choose when to breastfeed. Babies are often hungry in the first few weeks and are therefore often breastfed. This helps maintain milk supply and puts less strain on the nipples.

  3. Maintain good posture: Good posture during breastfeeding is important to avoid back pain and to support the baby properly. Make sure your back is straight and that the baby is latched in a comfortable position.

  4. If necessary, use a breastfeeding aid: If you have trouble latching your baby, a breastfeeding aid such as a nursing pillow or nursing bands can be helpful. These products help the baby to latch and feel comfortable while breastfeeding.

  5. Drink enough fluids: Breastfeed your baby frequently, but also drink enough fluids to keep your milk supply going. Drink a lot of water, especially in the first few weeks after the birth, to compensate for the loss of fluids during the birth.

  6. Eat a balanced diet: While breastfeeding, you should eat a balanced diet to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain products and drink enough milk and dairy products. Here is an article on foods to avoid while breastfeeding!

  7. Seek support: If you are having trouble latching your baby or are experiencing pain while breastfeeding, seek support from a lactation consultant or other professional. They can give you tips on how to improve breastfeeding and solve any problems that may arise.

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