by Anai Rhoads
You will know you are doing it properly when you feel the tugging, but no pain to indicate he or she is on the wrong spot. Make sure your baby completely faces you, and opens his/her mouth wide with tongue down before you center your nipple in baby's mouth. (read more)
A good way of knowing your baby is getting enough milk from you, is if your baby goes through 4 to 6 wet diapers in a 24 hour period. If for some reason, your baby is not doing this, contact your doctor right away.
In the beginning, you will have daytime feedings every 2 to 3 hours, with at least 15 minutes on each breast. If your baby is sleeping, and it is time for his or her feeding time, gently awaken. As time goes on, you will see the feeding time become more spaced apart, allowing you more rest during the night. What are the benefits of breast feeding? (read more)
A list of benefits is given below:
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LAM (Lactational Amenorrhea Method) suppresses ovulation due to breast feeding your infant. It changes the body's hormones, to trick the reproductive system into thinking you are still pregnant. So you do not release an egg. It has a success rate of 98% if there are no menses during the first 5-6 months or as long as you are breast feeding your baby.
You may notice some vaginal dryness during this time. Use a gentle lubricant. In addition, your nipples may become red, swollen, or develop dry skin. In the event that this occurs, see your doctor for special creams to help ease these symptoms. (Read Breastfeeding and birth control.)
Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.
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