Fascinating facts that you may NOT know about breastmilk and breast feeding.

Breastfeeding turns on your “mommy brain”.Hormones are released in your body when you breastfeed your baby, this helps you to feel content and calm . This effect passes onto your baby as well.  The hormone Oxytocin, which causes the let-down of your milk is also known as the ‘love hormone’ and helps you fall in love with your baby in those early days. The closeness of skin to skin contact when breastfeeding further enhances the bonding between mom and baby.

Benefits of breastfeeding.

  • Easy and convenient
  • Saves time and money
  • Quickly contracts the uterus in the early post-partem days.
  • Weight loss is usually quicker
  • Mom has a lower risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer as well as osteoporosis in later life

Your breastmilk is personalized and unique to your baby.  It is easily digested and contains all the nutrients that a baby needs. Today we know the importance of good gut health and breastmilk contains all the nutrients designed to feed the good bacteria in baby’s gut ensuring a healthy digestive system and overall wellbeing.

The unique benefit of breastmilk is that it contains the mother’s antibodies and therefore protects baby while their immune system is developing.  It effectively acts as your baby’s first inoculation and the best start in life.

Breastmilk and breastfeeding are a remarkable nourishment and communication system between a mother and her growing infant. Confidence and correct knowledge are the best way to get your breastfeeding off to a good start.

Putting the baby to the breast sounds simple enough

But does take a bit of practice to get it right.  Common problems include

  • sore nipples
  • poor let down
  • engorged breasts
  • the feelings of not having enough milk.
  • Most breastfeeding problems that occur are due to incorrect positioning and latching.

To achieve the correct breastfeeding position

So it is important that you choose a chair you would be comfortable to sit in for a period of time.

Using a support cushion can help support both you and baby so you are comfortable throughout the feed.  Snuggletime has a variety of specially designed cushions to offer both mom and baby the essential support you need while you are breastfeeding.

Relax your shoulders and arms, try not to stoop down to baby and rather sit up as straight as possible. Hold your baby close to you facing your breast Tummy to Mummy. Always bring your baby up to the breast.

Try not to Avoid forward and ‘dropping your breast into your baby’s mouth, as this can lead to poor attachment. This can create a latch that may hurt and be uncomfortable.  Just because baby has latched does not mean they are getting a good feed.  Breastfeed should not hurt. Rather carefully release the latch and try again.

Always make sure your baby’s head, neck and spine are aligned, not twisted. It is difficult for your baby to swallow if their head and neck are turned to the side. Their chin should be up and not dropped towards their chest. Try not to hold or push the back of your baby’s head. They need to be able to tip their head back.  This way your nipple goes deep into the top palate of your baby’s mouth and they have a good mouth full of breast.

Everything is about comfort!  If you are comfortable, you will feel more confiendent and relaxed making it easier for baby to relax and latch.

Tina Otte.