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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 https://chat.whatsapp.com/H25BeLfDmAUEHt56jsvhFc
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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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Final Words
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Breastfeeding
    About Lesson

    The Golden Hour

    Before you even start this lesson – make sure that you watch the video – I know that its way longer than most of the videos (and this lesson is longer too!) but its packed with valuable information – in fact you may need to watch it a few times and possibly even again once your baby is born. In fact one of the Due Date Club members sent me this message “

    “This is such a good video. I was watching it again. It’s sad how a lot of medical staff don’t educate you like this and let you believe you aren’t making enough for your baby.”

    Here are the key takeaways to remember: 

    Breastfeeding in the first three days after birth is a critical time for establishing milk production and ensuring the success of breastfeeding in the long term. During this time, there are several key factors at play that make breastfeeding different than at any other time. Understanding these factors and knowing what to expect can help ensure success and a positive breastfeeding experience.

    The first few days after birth are known as the colostrum period. Colostrum is the first milk that your body produces and is highly concentrated in nutrients and antibodies that are essential for your baby’s health and development. During this time, your baby’s stomach is tiny, so even a small amount of colostrum is enough to meet their nutritional needs.

    However, it’s important to note that colostrum is produced in small amounts, and it may take a few days for your milk to come in fully. This can be a source of anxiety and frustration and you may worry that your baby is not getting enough to eat.

    To ensure success during this critical time, it’s important to know what to expect and to seek support and guidance from a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding professional if needed. Here are some tips to help you navigate the first three days of breastfeeding:

    1. Practice skin-to-skin contact: Skin-to-skin contact is a powerful tool for establishing breastfeeding and promoting milk production. It helps regulate your baby’s temperature, heart rate, and breathing, and stimulates the release of hormones that promote milk production.

    2. Nurse frequently: Frequent nursing helps stimulate milk production and ensures that your baby is getting enough colostrum. Aim to nurse at least 8-12 times per day, or whenever your baby shows signs of hunger.

    3. Look for signs of effective nursing: Effective nursing involves a deep latch and rhythmic sucking that stimulates milk production. Look for signs such as audible swallowing, relaxed hands and body, and a contented look on your baby’s face.

    4. Seek support and guidance: If you’re struggling with breastfeeding or have concerns about your baby’s feeding, don’t hesitate to seek support and guidance from a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding professional. They can help address any challenges or concerns and provide guidance on positioning, latch, and milk production.

    By understanding the unique factors at play during the first three days of breastfeeding and seeking support and guidance as needed, you can help ensure success and a positive breastfeeding experience for both you and your baby. Remember that breastfeeding is a learning process, and it’s okay to ask for help and support as you navigate the early days of nursing. With the right mindset, information, and support, you can establish a strong and positive breastfeeding relationship with your baby.

    Now, let’s chat about the Golden Hour.

    The Golden Hour

    Babies are born with a mammal’s primal instinct to stay in a safe environment (With their mother). They preserve energy and heat this way, are comforted and feel safe. 

    Babies should immediately placed tummy down on their mother’s stomach  with a blanket placed over both to keep them warm. This is to slow down the production of adrenaline hormone in the mother so as to not interfere with oxytocin and prolactin hormones being produced – essential for bonding and breastfeeding!

    The mother is still in labor at this time – for the delivery of the placenta. Typically, the placenta comes naturally within 10-15 minutes after baby is born.

    Unmedicated babies (meaning, no drugs at all during labor) who are placed skin to skin with their mothers (and left undisturbed) will instinctively crawl to the breast and attach themselves to breastfeed. This is now known as the ‘breast crawl.’

    The Golden Hour allows for complete cord pulsing before clamping and cutting. Leaving the umbilical cord intact, while it is still pulsating, after birth holds so many benefits for baby.

    This time is quiet, peaceful and full of little to no interruptions. There is no one poking and prodding mom or baby, and the environment is calm and soothing.

    A mother’s chest is warmer than any other parts of the body and continues to regulate the baby’s body temperature even after birth to keep the baby from cooling down. 

    The Golden Hour allows the natural act of breastfeeding to occur without pressure and on the baby’s timeframe. Instead of becoming lethargic or disassociated and crying in despair, the Golden Hour provides instinctual close contact to keep baby calm and allow the natural progress of newborn development to occur.

    The Nine Stages of The Golden Hour

    Skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby during the first hour or two after birth provides the natural location, and the cues, for baby to move through the nine instinctive stages. (If the mother isn’t able to hold baby skin-to-skin during this time then the father can take on this role.) If there are medical reasons why baby can’t be held skin-to-skin right after birth, then start as soon as possible.

    During the Golden Hour, the sweet new baby is acclimating to life outside of the womb, and discovering his parents from the outside. He is learning to breathe, letting his eyes and ears adjust, regulating his temperature, and discovering how to breastfeed. There are nine stages that occur during this time, but you don’t need to keep track.

    It’s just interesting to learn what your baby is experiencing! These stages are instinctual and will happen when a baby is able to lay skin-to-skin with his mother immediately after the birth, for at least an hour without interruption.

    Stage 1: The Birth Cry

    Baby’s lungs fill with oxygen for the first time, and he lets out a cry. Everything is bright, loud, and new. Being placed directly onto the mother’s chest (with blankets overtop of them), his cries will subside.

    Stage 2: Relaxation

    After crying, the baby enters the stage of relaxation. His mouth remains still, eyes may close, and hands will be soft and open. He will breathe gently and rest after the effort he put forth during the birth.

    Stage 3: Awakening

    Typically, around 5 minutes after birth, Baby will move his head and shoulders, opening his eyes and mouth. He may make small noises and open his hands a bit.

    Stage 4: Activity

    Movements increase and become more noticeable. “Rooting” for breastmilk begins. He may look towards mom or the breast and may use his hand-to-mouth signal to show hunger. He is preparing to latch. His instincts kick in.

    Stage 5: Rest

    Quiet stillness will occur throughout the Golden Hour, as baby is working hard and often needs to rest. He will move at his own pace.

    Stage 6: Breast Crawl

    Baby is born with a “stepping reflex” that allows him to scoot up Mom’s chest toward the breast. He will try to align himself with the nipple, and allowing him to do this on his own actually improves the chances of a successful latch.

    Stage 7: Familiarization

    Baby will learn the breast, becoming familiar with it. He may touch, rub, lick, and “talk” to the breast to get his mother’s attention. This raises the oxytocin levels in both mother and baby, creating a strong attachment, and signaling milk to start being produced.

    Stage 8: Suckling

    Between 45-60 minutes after birth, Baby will latch himself to the breast and begin to nurse.

    Stage 9: Sleep

    Both baby and mother tend to drift to sleep as baby nurses. Sleep may last a few hours and is much needed. Birth is tiring and the body needs rest to recover.

    Benefits of the Golden Hour for Mother and Baby

    • Undisturbed Time:
    • Both Mother and Baby’s Heart Rates are More Stable
    • Baby Cries Less
    • First Nursing Session is Better Digested
    • Baby’s Body Temperature Remains Stable
    • Risk of Infection for Baby Significantly Decreases: The mother’s good bacteria is picked up via skin-to-skin contact and protects baby.
    • Physiological Signs of Stress Decrease for Baby: 
    • Breastfeeding: The Golden Hour allows the natural act of breastfeeding to occur without pressure and on the baby’s timeframe.
    • Bonding: Not only are mother and baby bonding, but father, mother, and baby are all getting to know one another.
    • Reduced Risk of Hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar levels): Newborns can produce glucose from their body’s stored energy until they have figured out breastfeeding, but being skin to skin enhances their body’s ability to do so.
    • Increase in Mother’s Confidence: Oxytocin receptors increase during pregnancy, and when a baby is born, the mother is more responsive to this hormone. Oxytocin promotes maternal instincts, and is produced in even larger quantities when breastfeeding and being skin-to-skin.
    • Successful Breastfeeding Relationship: Mothers who enjoy this time period are more likely to have a successful breastfeeding journey. Even more so if the baby is left to self-attach to the breast without help or force.
    • Protection Against the Effects of Separation: Babies are born with a mammal’s primal instinct to stay in a safe environment (With their mother). They preserve energy and heat this way, are comforted and feel safe.

    The first feed after birth. 

    Most hospitals actively encourage unlimited skin to skin time from the moment of birth. Given enough uninterrupted time skin-to-skin, your baby may move towards your breast and begin feeding without assistance. This is called the “breast crawl” and is your first reminder of how instinctive feeding is for your baby. Do not rush the process. Allow your baby to show you when he or she is ready to feed. 

    The first feed helps to stabilize baby’s blood sugars and protect baby’s gut (NCT). 

    Most babies will nurse better at this time than they will for the next couple of days. Take advantage of this. “A full-term healthy newborn’s instinct to breastfeed peaks about 20 to 30 minutes after birth if he is not drowsy from drugs or anesthesia given to his mother during labour and delivery” (La Leche League). Breastfeeding in the delivery room or the recovery room after a caesarean section lays the hormonal groundwork for your future supply of mature milk.

    Quality not Quantity

    Your baby’s first feeds are about quality, not quantity. At the moment, and for the first few days after birth, your breasts are producing small quantities of colostrum (about 3-4 teaspoons daily). This is a concentrated clear yellow secretion which is high in protein, fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, as well as antibodies that protect your baby from bacterial and viral illnesses.

    As you feed, the hormone oxytocin will help your uterus regain its tone after birth. This process also protects against excessive bleeding as you recover from childbirth. You may feel mild menstrual-like cramps whilst your uterus shrinks.

     

    Your newborn should generally not go longer than three hours between feedings. However you may find that he is very sleepy for the first few days and may not be interested in feeding. This is especially true if the first feed was very good and lasted longer than 20 – 30 minutes.  

    Undressing him and giving skin to skin contact will help wake him up and encourage him to feed. In the event that he does not wake to feed, request that a heel prick test is done to reassure you (and the staff) that the blood sugar level is within normal range. Keep your baby close and keep trying to wake him at 3 hrly intervals until he feeds again. Enjoy your time together. 

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