To get the most out of breast feeding, a new mother should begin the process of education from the first moment she finds out she is pregnant. Breast feeding is arguably as beneficial to the mother as it is to the newborn baby. A well thought out program from conception to the day your baby weans will benefit both mother and baby greatly.
It is vitally important that a mother stays as healthy as possible throughout her pregnancy but also during the entire time that she is breast feeding. It takes a healthy mother to produce a healthy baby. Some of the obvious things a pregnant or new mother should do is of course quit or stop smoking. Think of the toxins you are passing along to your innocent little one. Not very fair considering they cannot protect themselves.
Mothers to be should also cut down on the alcohol. Again, everything that you put in your body will ultimately end up in your baby’s body. Also be careful of the situations you put yourself in. Remember that any pollutants that get into your body and blood will be passed along. Just be aware of your environment at all times.
Proper diet and exercise is also very important to produce good results. If you have any questions on what type of diet you should be ingesting your doctor will surely be able to guide you in that respect. The more natural organic foods you eat, the better it is for you and the bambino. Before getting on an exercise routine make sure that you are healthy enough to where you will not end up harming yourself or your baby. If your doctor thinks you may be prone to birth complications they will suggest that you tone down your routine the farther you get along in your pregnancy.
Things to know about breast feeding:
In most cases the flow of breast milk does not normally stabilize until two or three days after delivery, especially for mothers giving birth for the first time. During this time, a mixture of milk (about two thirds),
and water (about one third), and a touch of sugar can be fed to the infant. Full rations of breast milk should be fed to the baby as soon as its supply stabilizes.
During about the first ten days, you will begin to get a feel for how often your baby will need to be fed. Both under and over feeding can have awful consequences to the baby. All babies are different but usually after the first few days, you will find that feedings need to be done about every 3 to 4 hours in most cases.
One of the more common mistakes made by nursing mothers, particularly those who are inexperienced, is feeding their baby every time they cry or show signs of discomfort, in the belief they are hungry. This may lead to over feeding. This is neither necessary nor recommended. When over feeding happens, the digestion process can get disrupted causing among other things, loose bowel movements, restlessness and even fever.
There are many resources available online to help you during this time. A quick search online will keep you
busy for quite some time. Use the resources available to you and join an online support community if need be. It always helps to have people that are in similar situations available to talk to.