Benefits of breastfeeding: Early colostrum rich milk in the first few days after birth is full of protein and carbohydrates for your fast growing new-born. It is also easily digestible, reducing risk of colic.
Importance of breastfeeding:
- Breast milk is the ultimate personalised medicine, supporting growth of healthy bacteria in the baby’s intestines, the seat of their immunity. It helps prevent infection and obesity.
- Breast milk contains the right ingredients for growth in the first few months and no extra water is needed.
- Breastmilk doesn’t need to be prepared and it is at a constant temperature.
- Feeding in the early weeks helps the uterus return to its original size.
- Breastfeeding can enhance the bond between mother and baby.
The coolest thing about breast milk is that it is mother specific. Every woman produces slightly different breast milk, based on her personal biome, hormones and antibodies, but it is always made in exactly the right proportions of nutrients.
Nipple care: No specific nipple care is necessary but some women may find it is soothing to apply cream in the early days.
Breast pumps: There is an array of breast pumps available on the market but in the early weeks it is advisable not to use a mechanical pump if circumstances do not separate you and your baby. (i.e., NICU).
Hand expressing in the beginning will help with initial engorgement as the milk arrives, help soften the breast before latching the baby and can assist in avoiding mastitis. The consultation can help you master the technique of hand expression.
Tongue tie: In some instances a baby is born with tongue tie, a condition that can impede feeding and adequate draining of the breast. This can be checked for at your consultation and advice can be given about the simple procedure of releasing it.