Baby feeding

Life as a New Parent

4Baby Feeding

Here is your jewel. You finally have your baby with you. Your heart is filled with a sense of achievement, exaltation and of course a little bit apprehension too. How to hold him? How to feed him? Why does my baby cry? Many questions are there. Relax. It may be challenging at first, but you will be an expert in due course.

Feeding the baby

It is best to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after the delivery. Colostrum, the first milk produced in your breast during pregnancy is highly beneficial for your baby. It takes a few days for milk to come into your breast. Hold your baby in a comfortable way so that your back or arms do not ache. You can use pillows or cushions. You should avoid leaning over to feed your baby as it affects your back and shoulder. In the early months instead of timed feeding, on demand schedule works best. You need to feed the baby when he is hungry. The baby should be able to keep both the areola and nipple in its mouth. If the breast is large, it may obstruct the baby’s nostrils. Ensure that the baby can breathe freely when you feed him.

Why breast milk is the best?

Mother’s milk fulfills all the nutritional needs of the baby. Breast milk contains all immunity-boosting antibodies. It is the most digestible food for the baby. Breastfed babies are less likely to get diarrhoea and infections. They are most likely to be protected against allergies, asthmatic problems, obesity etc. It encourages the bonding between mother and child.

Mother’s milk is a complete diet in itself and does not require addition of water or supplementary foods until at least four months of age.