Once you've given birth, breast feeding is the single most important thing you can do to protect your baby and help to promote good health.

Breast Compression

The sole purpose of breast compression is to continue the flow of milk to the baby once the baby no longer drinks on his own. Compression will also stimulate a let down reflex and often causes a natural let down reflex to occur. This technique may also be useful for the following:
  1. Poor weight gain in the baby.
  2. Colic in the breast fed baby.
  3. Frequent feedings or long feedings.
  4. Sore nipples for the mother.
  5. Recurrent blocked ducts
  6. Feeding the baby who falls asleep quick.
If everything is going well, breast compression may not be necessary. When all is well, the mother should allow the baby to finish feeding on the first side, then if the baby wants more - offer the other side. 

How to use breast compression
  1. Hold the baby with one arm.
  2. Hold the breast with the other arm, thumb on one side of your breast, your finger on the other far back from the nipple
  3. Keep an eye out for the baby's drinking, although there is no need to be obsessive about  catching every suck. The baby will get more milk when drinking with an open pause type of suck.
  4. When the baby is nibbling or no longer drinking, compress the breast, not so hard that it hurts though. With the breast compression, the baby should begin drinking again.
  5. Keep up the pressure until the baby no longer drinks with the compression, then release the pressure. If the baby doesn't stop sucking with the release of compression, wait a bit before compressin again.
  6. The reason for releasing pressure is to allow your hand to rest, and allow the milk to begin flowing to the baby again. If the baby stops sucking when you release the pressure, he'll start again once he tastes milk.
  7. When the baby starts to suck again, he  may drink. If not, simply compress again.
  8. Continue feeding on the first side until the baby no longer drinks with compression. You should allow him time to stay on that side until h starts drinking again, on his own.
  9. If the baby is no longer drinking, allow come off the breast or take him off.
  10. If the baby still wants more, offer the other side and repeat the process as above.
  11. Unless you have sore nipples, you may want to switch sides like this several times.
  12. Always work to improve the baby's latch.

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Avoiding Foods While Breast Feeding

Many women find that they can eat whatever they may like during breast feeding. Even though it's true that some stongly favored foods can change the taste of your milk, many babies seem to enjoy the varieties of breast milk flavors. Occasionally, your baby may get cranky at the breast after you eat certain foods. If you notice this happening, simply avoid that particular food.

The most common offenders duing breast feeding include chocolate, spices, citrus fruits, garlic,
chili, lime, gassy vegetables, and fruits with laxative type effects, such as prunes and cherries.

You can have a cup or two of coffee a day, although too much caffeine can interfere with your baby's sleep and even make him or her cranky. Keep in mind, caffeine is found in many soda's, tea, and even over the counter type medicine as well.

It's okay to have an alcoholic beverage every now and the, although having more than one drink can increase your blood alcohol level, putting the alcohol into your breast milk.

If you are planning to have more than one drink at a time, it's best to wait two hours or more
per drink before you resume any type of nursing or breast feeding. There is no need to pump
and dump unless your breasts are full and its time to feed your baby. While breast feeding,
any type of heavy drinking should be avoided.

Before you actually omit any foods from your diet, you should talk to your doctor. If you
avoid certain foods and it causes a nutritional imbalance, you may need to see a nutritionist
for advice on taking other foods or getting nutritional supplements.

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Benefits Of Breast Feeding

Once you've given birth, breast feeding is the single most important thing you can do to protect your baby and help to promote good health.  Best of all, breast feeding is free.

Along with saving you money on HMR (Human Milk Replacement), breast feeding can also help you to keep your medical bills down.  Babies that are fed with formula get sicker more often and more seriously than babies that are breast fed  They also have more ear infections, respiratory infections, and other problems.  

This can be even more true if your family has had a history of allergies.  When a baby is breast fed, the antibodies pass on from the mother to the baby, helping to protect against illness and allergies.  As the baby's system matures, his body will begin to make it's own antibodies, and he'll be more equipped to handle sensitivities of food.

Sucking on the breast will also help with the development or jaw alignment and the development of the cheekbone.  For this very reason, there is less of the need for costly orthodontic work when the child gets older.

Unlike formula, breast milk is always ready, always available, convenient, and always the right temperature for feeding.  Plus, it contains all of the vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs, saving you a  lot of money.  

Breast feeding also offers many benefits for the mom as well.  The baby sucking at the breast will cause contractions right after birth, leading to less bleeding for the mom, and helping her uterus to it's shape before pregnancy much faster.  

Breast feeding will also burn calories, so a mom can lose weight much faster than if she fed her baby with a bottle.  Breast feeding will also create a special bond with the mother and the baby - which is one thing formula simpy cannot do.

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