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Breast feeding offers many benefits to your baby. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk …

Breast feeding offers many benefits to your baby. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect your infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections. It may also help your health. Certain types of cancer may occur less often in mothers who have breastfed their babies.

Women who don't have health problems should try to give their babies breast milk for at least the first six months of life. There are some cases when it's better not to breast feed. If you have HIV or active tuberculosis, you should not breast feed because you could give the infection to your baby. Certain medicines, illegal drugs, and alcohol can also pass through the breast milk and cause harm to your baby.

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  • 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=516Fitango EducationHealth TopicsBreastfeeding
  • 2. 1OverviewBreast feeding offers many benefits to your baby.Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrientsto help your infant grow into a strong and healthytoddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk alsohelp protect your infant against some commonchildhood illnesses and infections. It may also helpyour health. Certain types of cancer may occur lessoften in mothers who have breastfed their babies.
  • 3. 2OverviewWomen who dont have health problems shouldtry to give their babies breast milk for at least thefirst six months of life. There are some cases whenits better not to breast feed. If you have HIV oractive tuberculosis, you should not breast feedbecause you could give the infection to your baby.Certain medicines, illegal drugs, and alcohol canalso pass through the breast milk and cause harmto your baby.
  • 4. 3Breastfeeding ProblemsSome common signs of breastfeeding problemsthat should be addressed are:
  • 5. 4Breastfeeding Problems-- Your baby’s nursing sessions are either veryshort (less than 10 minutes) or very long (longerthan 45 minutes). Breastfeeding sessions that areconsistently brief during the first few months maymean that your baby isn’t getting enough milk andthat not enough milk is being removed to stimulateyour ongoing milk production. Sessions that lastlong may mean that your baby isn’t receivingenough milk due to ineffective suckling or low milkproduction.
  • 6. 5Breastfeeding Problems-- If your baby still seems hungry after mostfeedings, she/he may not be ingesting enoughmilk. Talk to your pediatrician, have her weighedand double-check her latch-on and position at thebreast to try to increase the milk she is getting.
  • 7. 6Breastfeeding Problems-- Your newborn frequently misses nursing sessionsor sleeps through the night. Your baby requires afeeding every 3-4 hours to gain sufficientweight, so if the newborn sleeps longer than fourhours a night, wake her up and encourage her tonurse.
  • 8. 7Breastfeeding Problems-- Inadequate weight gain is one of the strongestwarning signs that a baby is not getting enoughmilk, so if your baby isnt gaining 5-7 ounces perweek you should see a doctor.-- If after seven days, your baby has fewer than6wet diapers and 4 stools per day, her urine is darkyellow or specked with red, or her stools are stilldark rather than yellow and loose, you shouldbring her to the doctor.
  • 9. 8Breastfeeding Problems-- Pay attention to the amount of milk that isproduced in your breasts, the amount that isextracted during a typical feeding, and the weightof your newborn. If you have breast engorgementor severe pain associated with breastfeeding, see adoctor to assess the severity of the problem.
  • 10. 9Resources-- A Mothers Eating and Drinking Habits: FAQs-- Breastfeeding Hints For Easy Beginnings-- Coping: Breastfeeding in Public-- Common Breastfeeding Challenges
  • 11. 10Resources-- Breastfeeding Report Card: 2012

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