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Breastfeeding: 8 Answers To Your Questions

Breastfeeding is conducive to a thousand questions, especially during the first experiences with baby. Today we invite you to answer a few questions.

1. How to boost milk production?

Less milk? First, relax: stay lying down, sleep and slow down your housework.

Breastfeeding makes you thirsty! Drink to quench your thirst! Fennel teas seem to be a good way to boost milk production.

Yeast can compensate for a lack of vitamin B complex (it is, in fact!). Attention! Too much yeast can cause skin rash (in babies) or bloating (the mother).

Remember: the more the breast is stimulated, the further milk out and the output is great!

Your diet can also affect your production.

2. A glass of wine or not?

Yes, if you want. "Alcohol is found in breast milk between 15 and 30 minutes after consumption and is removed as soon as the effects felt by the mother dissipate," written in the book Dany Gauthier Breastfeeding Editions hospital Saint Justine. Thus, without excess, moderately and occasionally it is allowed to drink alcohol, but it is better to take it after giving the breast.

3. I have a gastro. Will I continue to breastfeed?

Yes! Continuing to breastfeed, you pass your antibodies to your baby. These protect your child would still be exposed to the virus, even if you stopped breastfeeding. It is also possible to express your milk as long as you redouble of hygienic precautions (wash your hands and sanitize your bottles well).

4. Should we calculate the number of feedings and duration of these?

No more comparisons! A newborn infant formula fed takes about 6-7 bottles a day, but a baby breast fed take in the first weeks of 8 to 12 times (sometimes more!) per day breastfeed your child's request without worrying about the interval between feedings.

It is not advisable to time the duration of breastfeeding. The composition of milk varies with each woman for a drink. First, the milk contains a lot of water to quench the thirst of the baby, then it thickens and becomes richer to fill his hunger. A child may take 10 minutes for a drink and another one hour as being both satisfied.

5. Alert cracking: what to do?

As often as possible, let your bare breasts. There are several creams and ointments applied to the breasts, but easier and more accessible than any: Put a few drops of milk on your nipples bruised. Allow the milk to dry before putting your bra, it will relieve you. Remember that the cracks are often caused by a bad position. Talk to a mentor nursing or a girlfriend to help you.

6. I want to get my milk, but it does not run in the expression. What to do?

A few tips:

Take a hot shower before your milk. Take the opportunity to relax!

Gently apply a warm wet compress on your breasts.

Drink a hot beverage.

Make a skin to skin with your baby.

Ask your partner to massage up to the shoulder blades.

Relax! Do not under pressure.

Use the breast pump on one breast while baby is another stimulate reflex and milk out more easily and quickly.

7. Son has his first tooth. During lactation, it only bites me and pulls my breast with his teeth. It is painful what to do?

When baby bites you or whenever you feel unusual pressure, you break the suction (with your finger inserted into the corner of his mouth to prevent it hurts you) and tells him "no" in a firm voice and stronger than usual. You can also stop breastfeeding for him that he can do that and continue to drink. The key is to be firm and not waver before his first cry. If your child persists, you can bury him as a last resort in your head gently in a second or two. Clog his nostrils and he will drop to automatic suck.

8. I am pregnant. I'm afraid of not being able to experience breastfeeding. What to do?

Do you trust?

Surround yourself: ask your partner to support you. Explain why it is important for you to breastfeed.

Especially do not hesitate to turn to a mentor nursing to support you and help you. Call your local Hospital for parents and organizations in your area to know the resources in your neighborhood.

Your friends are also good resources. Ask them questions, they will surely be well happy to tell you about their experience.

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