Breastfeeding: Better Immunity

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Breastfeeding Dubai: Benefits to the baby, breastfeeding technique, problems with breastfeeding and how to help

Breastfeeding Dubai: We have come a full circle. All major world medical and government organizations like WHO recommend breastfeeding. Breast milk is advocated as the exclusive nutrient source for feeding term infants for the first six months of life and should be continued with the addition of solid foods after six months of age.

A huge body of research has shown the short term and long term benefits for both mother and child.

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Breastfeeding Dubai: Benefits to the baby

Short-term benefits

  • Breast milk improves gut functioning by helping it to mature and by preventing infections during the period of breastfeeding. Through the help of hormones, growth factors, enzymes, and immunoglobulins the baby who is breastfed digests the milk better and improves the lining of the gut. Breast milk also helps establish the natural gut microbiome. This helps prevent infections and immunity improves.
  • Breast milk has specific antimicrobial agents that help prevent infections even in other parts of the body. Breastfed babies are less likely to have ear infections, chest infections, and urine infections. Review of worldwide data, infants younger than six months in low- and middle-income countries who were breastfed had 88 percent lower risk of death compared with those who had not been breastfed. In a UK study, the risk of hospitalization for diarrhea was reduced in infants exclusively breastfed compared with infants who never breastfed.

Long-term benefits

  • Prevention of allergies- some studies have shown the reduction of allergies
  • Prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes in adulthood
  • Improved cognitive abilities, vision, and hearing
  • Low risk of behavior problems
  • Lower levels of stress
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Breastfeeding Dubai: Breastfeeding technique

Mindset

  • Breastfeeding is natural and the most important point to successful breastfeeding is being confident about it. Family members must always support a new mother whilst she breastfeeds.
  • Breastfeeding should be done everywhere and the mother should be comfortable with it

1. How to hold your baby

  • Skin to skin contact early on help
  • Early latching on even in the labor room helped. Therefore rooming-in of the baby with the mother in the hospital is crucial
  • To ensure proper latch-on, the baby should be positioned to face the mother’s body such that the infant’s mouth is opposite the mother’s nipple with his/her neck slightly extended
  • Latch-on refers to the formation of a tight seal of the infant’s lips around the nipple and breast. The breast is supported on one hand with four fingers underneath and the thumb on top of the breast. The baby must open his/her mouth widely, and grasp the entire nipple and as much of the areola as comfortably possible. With a proper latch-on, the baby’s tongue elongates the nipple and compresses it
  • The baby should be held comfortably – either in a cradle hold, side lying hold (but without soft excess bedding around), laidback hold- the baby on the abdomen – in any case, comfort and safety are a priority
  • The foremilk (first part of the milk) is watery and sweet and is to quench the baby’s thirst. The hind or latter part of the milk is thick and fatty and helps the baby gain weight and feel satisfied. Both parts of the milk are important and so a baby should be fed one breast at a time

2. How often to feed – Demand feeding

Demand feeding is preferred over strict by the clock feeding. However, the mother should not wait until the baby cries. Early signs of hunger include awakening, searching for the breast (called rooting), or sucking on the hands, lips, or tongue. Most infants do not cry until they are very hungry; waiting to breastfeed until an infant cry is not recommended.

3. How often and how long to feed?

  • The baby should be fed 8 to 12 times a day
  • The baby may feed on 5 to 20 minutes. As the baby matures he or she becomes more efficient at sucking and takes a shorter time to feed. A baby also suckles when he or she wants to be comforted
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4. How much is enough?

Parents worry because they can’t see how much milk the baby is getting. The main clues are monitoring wet nappies, monitoring weight and an active baby with a good suck and swallow.

  • The best way to know if your baby is getting enough milk is to monitor the diapers. After the first week, a baby should have 6 wet diapers with light yellow or colorless urine. If the wet nappies are fewer than 5 or the urine is dark yellow or orange visit your doctor.
  • Monitor weight gain regularly. This should be done on the same weighing machine without clothes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all healthy breastfeeding newborns are weighed and examined by a healthcare provider three to five days after birth and again two to three weeks after birth

5. How to have adequate milk supply

Milk continues to be produced in the breast based on how frequently and thoroughly milk is removed. Regularly nursing an infant triggers the release of two hormones, prolactin, and oxytocin. Milk production is reduced if milk is not removed regularly or if the breast is incompletely emptied. Another important factor is stress. Any kind of stress can reduce milk output.

6. Supplements

  • Vitamin D 400 IU should be given daily in a breastfed baby
  • Iron is given if the baby was small for a date or premature
  • Vitamin b12 is given in strict vegan mothers

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Breastfeeding Dubai: Problems with breastfeeding and how to help

Painful nipples

  • The latch should be good, with the baby have the nipple and much of the areola in her mouth.
  • Cracked nipples are caused by incorrect latching.
  • There may be an infection- either fungal or bacterial

Try to rub the nipples with breast milk or lanolin. Sometimes using cold compress prior to breastfeeding may help. In any case usually with time the pain recedes. If there is fear of infection see your doctor.

Latching problems

  • Holding the baby skin to skin on mother’s naked abdomen will help baby latch (You may need to provide your baby with expressed milk in a cup or syringe until he figures it out, and pumping or hand-expressing during this time will also help build up your milk supply)
  • A baby’s blocked nose can cause problems. Clean the nose with saline drops and snot sucker
  • Allow the baby to extend his head so that he can latch properly

Tenderness of the breast

  • Usually, the swollen full breast can be a little tender. Frequent breastfeeding or hand expression can reduce tenderness
  • Engorged breasts can lead to mastitis and if frequent feeding or hand expression does not relieve the tenderness see your doctor rule out mastitis

Baby problems

  • Frequent spitting up: If the baby is not uncomfortable and is gaining weight then there is no need for concern. If the baby cries or is throwing up too much then go to your doctor to rule out gastroesophageal reflux or other problems
  • Constant Nursing: Some babies tend to suckle a lot. If he or she is gaining weight then there is no need for concern
  • Colic: The baby may have colic due to excess production of gas. Some gaseousness is normal as the baby’s immature gut starts to adjust to breastfeeding. However, inadequate burping or allowing the baby to cry a lot before feeding can give rise to colic. Simethicone can be given to relieve colic
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Breastfeeding: Better Immunity was last modified: October 7th, 2018 by Pediatrician Dubai

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