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Breast Feeding. Part 1

Most women intend to breast feed their first newborn yet many are unable to meet their own expectations. There are so many varied opinions and sources of information and misinformation available that here is every reason for this situation to be difficult and vexing. There are some common misconceptions and errors that could be avoided and some simple advice that could result in more women succeeding to breast feed their babies as they intended.

Fortunately babies are not born hungry.

Many are not immediately eager to do more than sniff and snuggle up to the breast. Most problems arise right here with well meaning friends and hospital staff telling the parents that the baby isn’t “getting enough” as though there is a problem with the mother’s supply. Newborns are not meant to “eat” much for a few days after birth, probably to allow the passage of the intestinal debris, known as meconium, before actually having to digest milk protein. For this reason newborns are expected to lose up to 10% of their birth weight in the first week of life and regain their birth weight by the end of the second week. This correlates precisely with the plan of mother nature and should be understood and respected and not interfered with by the addition of formula. In some cultures, babies are given water-sugar combinations a little at a time during the first 2-4 days in order to keep them hydrated and interested in sucking so that when the mother’s milk arrives the baby is able to take it. Modern versions of this is the glucose water that hospital staff may offer new babies and that is so often shunned by parents who have been told not to let the hospital feed their baby “pop” in place of good nutrition. Sugar water is usually unnecessary but it is not dangerous if given and may even be necessary in some situations such as hypoglycemia of the newborn. A well hydrated baby will be good and hungry and strong enough to learn to suckle when the mother’s milk has come in. A tired and “dry” baby may be too weak to participate or too irritable to be dealt with by an anxious and frightened parent who may imagine she is starving her child and might as well give up and give formula. Obviously nature knows what it is doing – we just have to heed the signs.

Myth – Babies need to be left on the breast for as long as they want to suck or they will miss the important and superior hind milk.

Truth – Babies who suck on mother’s breast for very long periods in the early days may even fail to thrive. Poor positioning on the breast may be the reason for lengthy feedings as the baby is left unsatisfied yet the outcome may be painful sore and cracked nipples.

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