All You Need to Know About Breast Feeding

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Breast Feeding 

Breastfeeding is the act of a mother giving her child milk directly from her breast. This is also known as lactation.

Babies latch themselves onto the mother’s breast, aided by the mother, and suck the breast milk. The truth is that there is no better milk for a child than breast milk.

Breast milk should be given to the baby for at least 6 months.

The mother can continue for a year if she desires.

Health organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) recommend that mothers continue

supplemental breastfeeding for at least a year after the first 6 months. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a period of 2 years.


During breastfeeding, the breast itself enlarges as it fills with breast milk. In other words, the breasts seem fuller. For first time moms, the nipples may feel a little sore or tender after the first breastfeeding session.

The areola (area around the nipple) will also enlarge. The nipple will also slightly increase in size, allowing the baby to easily latch onto the nipple and suck the breast milk.

How to Breast Feed your Child

For new moms, it is a good idea to latch the baby in a cradle position.You should bring the baby to your nipple rather than the opposite. It is a good idea to put a pillow under the baby to support his/her weight. Remember that your child can breast feed for anywhere between 5 minutes and an hour.

In many cases, the nipples of new moms will feel a little soreafter a breastfeeding session. This is normal. However, if it feels this way after a few sessions, it is highly likely that you are not latching your baby properly. The easiest way around it is to consult your primary health care provider or a lactation specialist.

Post Partum Depression

Practically every woman will experience post partum depression. Although the reason behind the cause of post partum depression is not well understood, it is thought that a hormonal change brings up the changes. Post partum depression can last up to a year.

The symptoms of post partum depression include:

  • Guilt
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Fatigue
  • Emptiness
  • Sleepy
  • High irritability
  • Impaired motor functions
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Disturbances during sleep
  • Decreased Libido
  • Anger

However, not every case of postpartum depression is the same. Here are a few factors that affect the intensity and duration of postpartum depression.

  • Guilt over not breastfeeding the child.
  • A long medical history of clinical depression.
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Low social, financial and emotional support.
  • Anxiety as a new parent.
  • Poor marriage.
  • Stress.
  • The fact that the child was unplanned.

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