Sunday, August 6, 2017
It's World Breastfeeding Week this week! That means that from the 1st August until the 7th August, breastfeeding is celebrated in 120 countries, with over 500 events being held to raise awareness and understanding of breastfeeding.
As such, we have decided to take a look at some common questions you might have about breastfeeding to give you a better understanding and put you at ease:
According to the NHS, breastfeeding does have some long-term benefits to your baby. These include, reducing the risk of any infections, reduction in any diarrhoea and vomiting, reduced risk of contracting type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Breastfeeding can also be beneficial to the mother, with it reducing the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, obesity, cardiovascualr disease, and osteoporosis.
There is a lot of terminology when it comes to pregnancy, motherhood and breastfeeding. The term 'latching on' refers to the baby attaching to the breast and drawing out milk. A good latch will reduce nipple soreness and ensure that your baby gets all the nutrients necessary from feeding.
Expressing breastmilk is beneficial if you are unable to breastfeed, or if there are periods of time where you are not with your baby. Expressing your milk can reduce any discomfort or feeling of fullness in your breasts. Also, expressing can be a great way to increase your milk supply.
Sore nipples can be a by-product of breastfeeding for some women. In the first days of breastfeeding, painful nipples can be common, and it's usually because your baby isn't positioned properly on the breast. As such, the more practice you get, the more comfortable breastfeeding becomes.
Breastfeeding sessions, in the first months, tend to last from anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes. Of course, this time is dependant on the baby and how sleepy they become during feeds. According to the NHS, babies should be feeding at least eight times in every 24 hours.