Hey! Did You Know It’s National Breastfeeding Month?

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In the spirit of National Breastfeeding Month we are going to share some helpful tips on breastfeeding for all moms and moms to be!

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding has many benefits for you and your baby:

  • Rich in nutrients
  • Protects your baby against infection
  • Prevents your baby from having allergies
  • Clean and simple– you don’t have to wash bottles or mix formula
  • Cheaper than using formula
  • Helps your uterus contract back to normal size after having been stretched during pregnancy
  • Women who breastfeed also have lower risks of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease

How to breastfeedblackmombreastfeeding

  • Wash your hands before each feeding
  • With your free hand, put your thumb on top of your breast and your other fingers below
  • Touch your baby’s lips with your nipple until your baby opens his or her mouth very wide
  • Put your nipple all the way in your baby’s mouth and pull your baby’s body close to you
  • If you feel pain while your baby is nursing, he or she is probably not latched on correctly
  • Cradle position, you put your baby’s head in the crook of your arm. Support your baby’s back and bottom with your arm and hand. Your baby will be lying sideways facing you. Your breast should be right in front of your baby’s face.
  • Football position consists of tucking your baby under your arm like a football with his or her head resting on your hand. Support your baby’s body with your forearm. This may be a good position if you’re recovering from a cesarean section or if your baby is very small.
  • You can also lie on your side with your baby facing you. You can use pillows to prop up your head and shoulders. This is also a good position if you’re recovering from a cesarean section or an episiotomy

Other Helpful Tips

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  • The let-down reflex makes breastfeeding easier for your baby
  • The main thing that causes sore nipples is when your baby doesn’t latch on properly
  • Putting a limit on nursing time doesn’t prevent sore nipples
  • Applying crushed ice compresses before nursing can ease discomfort
  • Let your nipples air dry between feedings
  • Let the milk dry on your nipples
  • Wash your nipples daily with warm water
  • Don’t use soap or lotion that may contain alcohol, which can dry the skin
  • The best diet for a breastfeeding woman is well balanced and has plenty of calcium
  • Quit eating any foods you think bothers your baby
  • Medicines can get into your milk so don’t take any  without talking to your doctor first

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