Breast Feeding

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that exclusive breast feeding is the
best form of nutrition for babies. It is best to start immediately after birth and continue for
at least six months. Breast milk is best because:
  • It contains the appropriate balance and concentration of nutrients in a form that is easy to digest
     
  • It contains antibodies produced by the mother. These protect the baby from infections such as gastro-enteritis and chest and ear infections. The antibodies can also help to protect the baby from allergies such as eczema and from childhood diabetes Breast milk is easy for the baby to digest
     
  • It is convenient – the infant can be fed anytime and anywhere and no special equipment is needed
     
  • It is at the correct temperature and is sterile
     
  • Costs nothing
     
  • It helps the mother and baby to bond
     
  • It helps the mother to lose much of the weight gained during pregnancy by using up her fat stores
     
  • Breast feeding can reduce the mother's risk of certain cancers (ovarian and breast) and reduce the risks of osteoporosis and fractured hips
     
  • There is less risk of the baby being overweight
     
  • It helps reduce the mother's uterus to normal size after pregnancy

 The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that exclusive breast feeding is the best form of nutrition for babies - Alphega Pharmacy

Breast feeding tips

Breast feeding may feel uncomfortable at first, but this usually eases as the feed continues,
and should cease altogether after the first week or two
  • Find a feeding position that feels comfortable. Remember to keep the baby close and facing you - the baby shouldn't need to twist or stretch. The baby's head, shoulders and body should be in a straight line
     
  • Always bring the baby to your breast and not the other way round
     
  • The baby's nose should be level with the nipple, to encourage a slight tilting of the chin for optimum swallowing
     
  • If you need to support your breast, place your fingers flat on your ribcage, where the breast and ribs meet, with your thumb uppermost
     
  • The nipple should not be pulled out of shape in any way as it goes into the baby's open mouth
     
  • The whole nipple and much of the areola (darker tissue surrounding the nipple) should be in the baby's mouth. This will allow the jaws to pump the store of milk behind the nipple
     
If you need further Mother & Baby information please visit our Pharmacy Locator to find your local Alphega Pharmacy and ask your pharmacist, for advice.
 
 
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