Breastfeeding Guide For a New Mother - Chikidee Baby Store India

Breastfeeding Guide For a New Mother

April 30, 2018

Breastfeeding Guide For a New Mother

Breastfeeding Guide

Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift of nature to women and her newborn. It benefits mother as well as baby and it comes free.

Benefits for Baby

  1. Immunity from the moment of birth: Early milk called colostrum is often neglected by first time mothers as insignificant. However, colostrum provides a protective shield to the baby. The live cells and antibodies present in it protect against viruses and bacteria so breastfed babies get sick less often.

2.Improved digestive tract performance: Breastmilk protects the newborn’s digestive system and regulates its function. It does not let the stool accumulate in the bowel and reduces the chances of Neo-natal jaundice.

  1. Unique composition: Mother’s breastmilk composition changes depending on the baby’s needs and developmental stage. As the baby grows, so do the nutrients in mother’s milk. It becomes thicker and more nourishing.

4.Adjusted to baby’s needs and easy to digest: Mum’s milk contains easily digestible and non-allergenic nutrients. Proportions of these components are perfectly adjusted to baby’s nutritional needs. Diarrhea and constipation are seen less often in breastfed babies. Cow’s milk contains lactoglobulin which sometimes damages baby’s intestinal wall.

  1. Feeling of intimacy and security: After being in the mother’s womb for 9 months, being close to mother gives a baby comfort and emotional security. Increased bonding stimulates production of breastmilk.
  2. Active suckling necessary for healthy child development: Breast suckling engages over 40 individual muscles (including tongue, lips, jaw, cheeks) to make a baby learn correct coordination of breathing and swallowing. Correct breathing increases oxygen supply and decreases incidence of colic. It is also important for correct development of oral muscles.

Important things to remember:

  1. Breastfed babies don’t need water. Breastmilk contains enough water.
  2. Long breastfeeding sessions on same breast are recommended for the child to get enough nutrients. The early milk contains more water, and as the baby continues to suckle, it becomes thicker and more nourishing. Baby with short breastfeeding sessions can fail to gain weight and become malnourished.
  3. Breastmilk proteins are easily digestible so breast fed babies drink milk more frequently. Don’t assume that your baby is hungry often because you have less milk.
  4. The most nourishing milk is produced at night.
  5. ALWAYS heat breastmilk in a warm water container or in a warmer.
  6. Try to express, store, heat and feed the milk in the same container as it reduces handling and chance of contamination from disease causing organisms

Situations requiring breastmilk expression: Breastfeeding mums sometimes face situations where it is necessary to express milk. In these situations, breastmilk can be expressed manually or with a breast pump.

  1. Breast fullness (to express small amount of milk before feeding.)
  2. Low milk supply (milk expression to stimulate lactation).

  3. Inverted or flat nipples (to improve their shape before latching on).
  4. Baby refuses to suckle or suckles inefficiently because incorrect latch.
  5. Breasts are heavy, and tight, and you do not want to wake the baby.
  6. Baby is away from his mum.

  7. Long break between feedings making the nipple difficult to grasp.

Thawing & Heating Milk

  1. Thaw milk starting from the earliest frozen portions.
  2. You can leave it in a refrigerator for 24 hours or thaw it in a bottle warmer.
  3. Don’t use a microwave oven to thaw or warm the milk, because this destroys some components of breastmilk. It can also result in hot spots, which can burn a baby.
  4. Always shake the bottle or container gently, and test the temperature of the milk before feeding your baby.
  5. DO NOT mix it with freshly expressed milk and do not re-freeze thawed milk.


You can give your baby expressed breastmilk with a cup, spoon or bottle. Try to express, store, heat and feed the milk in the same container as it reduces handling and chance of contamination from disease causing organisms.


Cleaning instructions

All equipment used for expressing and storing breastmilk – such as bottles, bowls and other equipment – should be thoroughly wash equipment in warm soapy water, rinse well and air-dry or dry parts with clean paper towel. Store it covered until next use.

If you’re using a pump, wash the parts of the pumping kit once every 24 hours.

In between expressing sessions within 24 hours, you can store the kit unrinsed and covered in the fridge. You can also store it rinsed and covered at room temperature.

Warning! This information applies for a normal healthy baby being fed by his/her own mother’s breastmilk. If your baby is premature or sick, follow the guidelines given by the health professionals caring for your baby.


Guidelines for storing breastmilk







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