Although a number of pediatricians recommend breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for the first few months of life, the choice of whether or not to breastfeed belongs to you, the parents. Breastfeeding affords the advantages of economy and convenience (no bottles, nipples, mixing, etc.), transferred natural immunity, and excellent digestibility. Breastfeeding however, may be an inconvenience for the working mother and interfere with father’s involvement with feeding the baby. Exclusive breastfeeding also requires fluoride supplementation. Whatever the reasons for selecting breastfeeding, it should be a pleasurable and relaxing experience for both you and your baby.
If breastfeeding your baby, find a comfortable position in a place where you can relax. See to it that the entire nipple is well back in your baby’s mouth. Start 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Increase 1 to 2 minutes daily to 15 minutes maximum on each breast.
How do you know if your baby is getting enough breast milk? If your infant’s mouth is moist and he/she urinates often, with dilute urine, the quantity of milk probably is adequate. Ask us if you have any difficulties with the breastfeeding.