One of the most important ways that you can promote your child’s health is to breastfeed.
Breast milk composition changes as your child grows and adapts to the specific nutritional needs of your child. In fact, milk composition changes during each feeding.
Breastfeeding Your Baby
Congratulations on making the important decision to breastfeed your baby! Many new nursing moms have similar questions: "How much should I feed my baby?"
Mother's Nutrition While Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding burns many calories, therefore, a healthy, proper diet is essential. Breastfeeding mothers require an additional 500 calories per day for singletons, 1000 calories per day for twins, and 1500 calories per day for triplets.
Breastfeeding and Food Allergies
Breast milk has protective components that help protect infants against allergies. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine states, "infants fed human milk appear to have a lower incidence of allergic reactions to cow’s milk protein than those fed cow’s milk–based formula.
Remedies for Low Milk Production
Are you having trouble with your milk supply? If so, don't give up on breastfeeding! Here are some tips to help you boost your supply.
When to Call Your Pediatrician When You Are Breastfeeding
Newborns may not always have a fever when sick. Some subtle signs to be aware of and to immediately report to your pediatrician include the following:
Breastfeeding Positions- Side lying
Feeding your baby lying down in the side-lying position can be very comfortable and relaxing.
Breastfeeding Positions- The Football Hold (The Clutch Hold)
Proper positioning is key to obtaining a proper latch. And both positioning and latch are key to effective breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Positions- The Cross-Over Hold (The Cross-Cradle Hold)
Proper positioning is key to obtaining a proper latch; and both positioning and latch are key to effective breastfeeding.