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What can I do to help my baby get enough milk?

To ensure successful breastfeeding and that your baby will be getting enough milk, follow this guide;

Step 1; keep your baby with you as soon as possible after the birth, He/she will start to root for your nipple when he/she is ready to feed. Studies have found that early skin to skin contact improves breastfeeding as babies will latch better.

Step 2; Your baby should show signs of, and be fed as often as possible in the first few hours and days after birth. This will enable your body to synchronise with your baby's needs. Feeding on demand in this way will help your milk come in around day 2-5.

Step 3; Check that your baby is latched on correctly. When your baby is in the correct position you will both feel comfortable. If the baby is not latched on correctly, it may become painful for you, and you are more likely to stop breastfeeding earlier.

Step 4; Allow your baby to feed on one side for as long as possible. This is because the consistency of the milk changes during the feed. The first part or fore milk is lower in fat compared to the hind milk. The longer your baby feeds, will allow you to produce more milk.

Step 5; Avoid giving your baby a bottle and or a dummy as this will confuse him/her with the nipple. In some cases, the baby may find it difficult to latch on or reject the nipple for a teat. If this continued milk production would slow down significantly.

Some women believe they should not exercise as it may decrease or stop milk production. However, studies have revealed that even high intensity exercise does not affect a baby’s acceptance of the breast milk even after 1 hour of activity.

Ref: Infant acceptance of breast milk after maternal exercise - Paediatrics , vol 109, no 4, April 2002, pp 585-589 Wright KS; Quinn TJ; Carey GB - (April 2002)

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