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Introduction to Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to provide your baby with all the essential nutrients and antibodies they need to grow and thrive. However, while breastfeeding may seem like the most natural thing in the world, it doesn't always come easily to every new mother. The truth is, breastfeeding is a learned skill that requires practice and patience. That's where our breastfeeding preparation course comes in! Our comprehensive course is designed to provide you with all the information and skills you need to prepare for a successful breastfeeding experience. Whether you're a first-time mom or a seasoned pro, our expert instructors will guide you through the ins and outs of breastfeeding, from the basics of milk production to the mechanics of latching and positioning. We'll also cover common breastfeeding challenges and how to overcome them, as well as practical tips for pumping, storing, and introducing solids when the time comes. You'll learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby, as well as how to maintain a healthy milk supply and recognize signs of hunger and fullness. But our course isn't just about the technical aspects of breastfeeding. We also emphasize the importance of building a strong support system and taking care of yourself as a new mother. You'll have the opportunity to connect with other new moms in our community and get answers to all your questions from our experienced instructors. At the end of our course, you'll feel confident and prepared to embark on your breastfeeding journey with your little one. We believe that every mother deserves the support and resources to make informed decisions about their baby's health and well-being, and we're here to provide just that. You are not alone in your breastfeeding journey, and we are here to help you every step of the way. If you haven't already joined our Whatsapp community support group click here
How do Breasts Make Milk
Understanding the basics of breastfeeding can help you prepare for this incredible journey and make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable for you and your baby. Breastfeeding is a natural and instinctive process, but it can take some practice and patience to get the hang of it. Learning about the mechanics of breastfeeding can help you feel more confident and prepared for this new adventure. In this lesson, we'll explore the anatomy of the breast and how milk is produced, as well as the different stages of breastfeeding and what to expect during each one. By understanding the mechanics of breastfeeding, you'll be able to recognize the signs of hunger in your baby, position your baby properly for a good latch, and ensure that your baby is getting enough milk. You'll also learn about common breastfeeding challenges and how to overcome them, such as engorgement, plugged ducts, and nipple pain. Remember, every mother and baby are unique, and breastfeeding is a journey that requires patience, practice, and support. By understanding the mechanics of breastfeeding, you'll be better equipped to navigate the ups and downs of breastfeeding and create a positive and nurturing experience for you and your baby. So, let's dive in and explore the wonderful world of breastfeeding together!
Breastfeeding in the First Week
The first week of your baby's life is an exciting and overwhelming time for both you and your little one. It's also a crucial time for establishing breastfeeding. In these early days, breastfeeding can be very different from what you might expect and can require a lot of patience, persistence, and support. We're thrilled that you're taking this important step towards providing your baby with the best nutrition and health benefits. The first week of breastfeeding is a crucial time for both you and your baby. It's a time of great adjustment as you both learn to breastfeed and establish a successful nursing relationship. However, this period can also be challenging, especially if you're a first-time mom or have had a difficult birth experience. That's why it's so important to learn what to expect in the first week of breastfeeding. By understanding the typical challenges and changes that occur in this time, you can better prepare yourself and increase your chances of successful breastfeeding. In this course, we'll dive into the details of what to expect in the first week of breastfeeding, including how each day is different, how the mode of birth impacts breastfeeding, and the importance of support. By the end of this course, you'll feel more confident and empowered to navigate the first week of breastfeeding and beyond. Let's get started!
Typical Newborn Behaviour
Congratulations on making it to the second week of breastfeeding! By now, you and your baby have begun to establish a breastfeeding routine and your body has started to adjust to the demands of milk production. This week is a critical time as you continue to build your milk supply and your baby grows rapidly. During the second week of breastfeeding, your baby may become more efficient at nursing, leading to shorter feeding times. You may notice that your breasts feel fuller and heavier as your milk supply increases to meet your baby's growing needs. Your baby may also start to have more dirty diapers, indicating that they are getting enough milk. Overall, the second week of breastfeeding can be challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. You and your baby are building a strong bond through the act of breastfeeding, and you are providing them with the best nutrition possible. In this week's module, we will cover typical newborn behaviour - decoding all those squiggles and squirms!
Common Breastfeeding Challenges
While breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience, it's important to recognize that it can also be challenging at times. However, with the right support, all challenges can be overcome. We will discuss common challenges such as sore nipples, engorgement, and mastitis, and provide tips and strategies for managing these issues. We want to reassure you that you are not alone and that there is help available. Remember, the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby are numerous and worth the effort. Let's work together to overcome any challenges and continue on this rewarding journey.
Position and Latch
In this module, we'll be exploring one of the most important aspects of successful breastfeeding - getting the right position and latch. It's completely normal to feel unsure and nervous about positioning and latching your baby, but with a little bit of guidance and practice, you'll soon become a pro! Through this module, we'll be covering the essential techniques and tips that will help you ensure your baby is latching correctly and feeding comfortably. Remember, positioning and latching may seem daunting at first, but with the right support and encouragement, you can overcome any challenges that may arise. So let's get started on this exciting and rewarding journey of breastfeeding!
Breast Pumps
Breast pumps can be incredibly helpful tools for breastfeeding moms, especially if you need to be away from your baby or if you have trouble with milk supply. In this module, we will explore the different types of breast pumps available, when you might need to use one, and how they work. We will also discuss how to choose the right breast pump for your needs, how to use it safely, and how to maintain it properly. With the right knowledge and support, breast pumping can help you continue to provide your baby with the many benefits of breast milk, even when you are apart. Let's get started!
Beyond the First 6 Weeks
You have already come so far on your breastfeeding journey, and there is so much more to discover. In this module, we will explore the challenges and joys of breastfeeding beyond the initial phase, including how to breastfeed through illness and teething, tips for breastfeeding older babies and toddlers, and advice on breastfeeding while traveling. Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish and bond with your baby, and with the right support and information, you can continue to breastfeed for as long as you and your child desire. Remember that breastfeeding beyond the first 6 weeks is a journey, and there may be bumps along the way. But with patience, perseverance, and the support of those around you, you can overcome any obstacles that may arise. So, get ready to learn about the benefits of extended breastfeeding, tips for successful breastfeeding through challenges, and strategies for making breastfeeding work in your everyday life. Let's continue to make your breastfeeding journey a rewarding and empowering experience for you and your child.
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    Day 1 –  the first 24 hours

    Breastfeeding Day 1

    The first day of breastfeeding can feel overwhelming and confusing as you and your baby learn about each other. Try not to think ahead and focus only on the next 24 hours. Keep your baby close (skin to skin is preferable) and start learning their cues (see the section on Baby Cues – what your baby is saying to you). 

    Most often you will still be in the hospital so you will have the support of the staff. Use this time to ask questions and get confirmation that your latch is good. We will also help you with position and guide you to know what to look for. 

    What to expect wee and poo

    During your baby’s first 24 hours, he might wet his nappy only once or twice (Fredregill 2004). This is because the colostrum you produce is highly digestible and perfect nutrition for your baby, so there’s not much left to eliminate. 

    How many feeds to expect

    Over the next 24 hours, your baby will begin to increase their hunger so they are having eight to twelve feedings per 24 hours. Many babies will feed more frequently than this and it may seem as though your baby is insatiable. 

     This is because his stomach is so small it gets full very quickly and empties very quickly. Feeding frequently is also essential to build up your milk supply, so feed on demand rather than clock watching. 

    How long is each feed?

    Most newborns require 10 to 45 minutes to complete a feeding (Murkoff. S).

    Other things to remember

    • Expect at least one or two wet nappies each day for the first 2-3  days after birth.
    •  It may be difficult to tell if a nappy is wet at this early stage, and it is normal to find pink crystal-like stains. 
    • If you are finding it difficult to judge if your baby’s nappy is wet, try putting a cotton ball in the nappy. When your baby urinates, the cotton ball will feel very wet.
    • Continue to keep your baby close and just observing their facial expressions, movements and behavior. 
    • Start looking for cues like “rooting” – your baby instinctively turning his mouth towards your breast or anything else that is placed on or near his face. 

    The rooting reflex happens when the corner of a baby’s mouth touches the skin or nipple. You can also trigger the reflex by stroking or gently touching the corner of a baby’s mouth. A baby will then reflexively turn their head to follow and “root” in that direction. Watch this video to know what it looks like. 

    3 types of sucking

    Just a reminder: Babies display three types of sucking patterns during a breastfeed. By recognising these and understanding what is occurring with each, you can decide if you want to allow your baby to comfort suck at your breast or take him off once he has finished actively feeding and provide for his sucking needs in another way. Give yourself a few days to differentiate between the different types of sucking – and also notice how they all feel different. 

    1. ‘Call up’ or stimulation sucking

    Once your baby is properly attached to your breast he will suck quickly (around two sucks per second), but strongly. This triggers your milk ejection reflex (let-down), which may take a few seconds or up to a minute.

    2. Nutritive sucking (active feeding)

    As your milk lets-down, baby will begin to actively feed. His sucking rhythm decreases to a rate of around one suck per second. You will be able to see or hear him swallowing after every suck or two, initially. As milk is depleted from your breast he won’t swallow as frequently. This is normal. The longer into the feed the richer more calorie-dense your milk becomes.

    3. Non-nutritive sucking (comfort or flutter sucking)

    Non-nutritive sucking involves fast shallow sucks, two sucks per second. These are unlike the strong sucks baby does during ‘call-up’ and nutritive sucking. Baby’s sucking movement feels like a flutter or quiver. You will probably not see or hear any swallowing. Some milk transfer can still occur during comfort sucking, but this is generally minimal. Mothers often describe non-nutritive sucking as baby ‘using me like a dummy.’

    Milk ejection (let-down

    Milk ejection (let-down) occurs several times during a single breastfeed. Your baby may alternate back and forth between nutritive and comfort sucking depending on the milk flow rates before and after each let-down.

    Once your baby’s hunger has been satisfied he will release your nipple and pull back from your breast or continue to comfort suck. Some babies will comfort suck until they fall deeply asleep and your nipple slips from their mouth. we also talked about cluster feeding: Cluster feeding is when babies bunch feeds close together at certain times of the day. Though they may leave a couple of hours between feeds most of the day, there will usually be a few hours of constant or close together feeds. Cluster feeding is most common in the evening, although may differ between babies.

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