MOMMY ON A MISSION: Giving Breastmilk to a Baby
As a mother you want to provide your baby with every essential vitamin and mineral that is necessary for proper growth and development. You make sure that everything that your baby takes in is sufficient, starting from your breastmilk.
Women are given the gift of motherhood and once a woman becomes a mother her instincts as a mom start to unleash. A mothers' breastmilk is generally the baby's exclusive food for the first six months of their life; some mothers choose to continue breastfeeding up to around 2 years old. Infants cling and bond with their mothers during feeding time, building trust and love.
The Wonder of Giving Breastmilk to a Baby
Giving breastmilk to a baby is not necessarily an easy task. You may need to overcome struggles during this stage that may or may not include the latching process. While still in the hospital, you may request a specialist to help aid you in the latching process. Cracked nipples are common and breastfeeding may often be painful. Keep in mind that you may use a warm compress and a salt water rinse on your nipples to help with soothing the cracked skin.
It is such a wonder how breastfeeding becomes a way for mother and child to bond even when a baby hasn’t completed the cognitive developmental stages. This is literally an intimate time between a mother and a baby. Breastfeeding is a reminder that ever since you were born people cannot survive alone; that love and nurturing are a necessity to life. While this intimate moment aids with your baby's cognitive development, keep in mind that breastmilk contains nutrients that the infant also needs for building their immunity along with physical development.
How Will You Know If Giving Breastmilk to a Baby is Enough?
As a mother, you are rest assured that you can supply sufficient breastmilk to your baby. You go for a diet that will make sure that the breastmilk that you will be feeding your baby with is full of nutrients to help them complete the stages of physical development. However, how will you ever know that enough is enough already? Giving breastmilk to a baby is enough when:
Six to Eight Times a Day is Enough
Based on studies most infants have enough milk after getting fed by their mothers for six to eight times a day. Although, this depends on how old your baby already is, when a baby is 1-2 months old they cling for breastmilk for 7-9 times a day. If it is a newborn baby they should not skip a meal for over a 4 hour period.
- When There is No Pain Anymore
Breastfeeding becomes a struggle when a baby is not latching or latches too hard to your nipple. This is a struggle especially to new mothers because they are having a hard time adjusting and becoming comfortable with the feeding their baby. Once a baby has gotten enough milk, the latch slowly becomes loose and the pain is slowly eased; be patient, you can do this!
Your Breast Form
An infant is having good access and is getting sufficient milk when the mother’s breast is less full and feels softer. Your nipples will be elongated the same way they were before the feeding started.
- Observe Your Baby
You are giving sufficient milk to your baby when their skin color is healthy. Their skin will be firm and will bounce back when lightly pinched; if it does not bounce back wen lightly pinched, check with your pediatrician that your baby is not dehydrated. Infants are also full of energy and ready to be given milk again. The baby’s urine is also odorless and pale and they will urinate easily six times within a 24 hour period. While latched, they will engage in mini pauses as they drink; you will also hear them swallowing when they are latched properly on your nipple. When a baby is 5 days old the color of their waste is often a yellow-mustard color. Observe your baby well so that the next time you feed them you’ll feel relieved that you are giving enough milk to your baby.
Learning your baby's behaviors will take time. Be patient as you observe what makes them comfortable and how they behave when they are full. You will learn the signs of when your baby is hungry; let your mother instincts do their thing. Motherhood is a lifetime commitment and although there is no handbook, Spec kid club is here to help you out visit us at https://speckidclub.com/ . Let us know if we can help you with any motherhood adjustments, questions, or concerns.