A baby is vulnerable to many infections and fatal diseases after birth because his/her immune system is fragile. They need to develop a certain amount of resistance to impurities to enhance sustainability and increase the chances of survival. This is where mother’s milk plays a critical role.
Your baby’s first meal is your breast milk. It is baby food in the most natural form, as it contains essential nutrients, which are required for your baby’s growth. Initially, your breasts will produce a thick, curd-like milk, which is rich in colostrum. It contains antibodies that will boost your baby’s immunity. Not only will it help your baby’s physical growth, but it will also protect him/her from falling sick too often.
Your baby requires the right amount of milk for the first six months after birth. Therefore, breastfeeding is important for your little one. New mommies generally face a lot of trouble when it comes to breastfeeding. To help you, we have answered a bunch of frequently asked questions.
1. Can I store breast milk?
Your breast milk is rich in nutrition. It contains more nourishment than other sources of milk. It is fresh, always available round the clock and can be pumped into a bottle. So, yes! You can store your breastmilk (in a refrigerator). You need to pump out some milk with the help of a breast pump. Don’t worry about sterilization, as the milk comes from you. It is advisable to heat the stored milk before giving it to your baby, though. You might notice separation of the milk particles. Just stir it a few times before feeding it to your baby.
2. Should I be worried about inconsistency in the milk produced?
If you observe that your baby has been consuming thick, white and creamy milk, it simply means that you are feeding him/her hindmilk. If you observe that the milk is watery, it just means that your baby is drinking foremilk. There is no such thing as perfect milk. So, don’t worry about the consistency. If you see white deposits around your baby’s mouth or in the feeding bottle, it is just the excess fat from your hindmilk.
3. What are the food products moms can consume in order to increase lactation?
4. Can the size of your breasts determine the quantity of milk?
5. I experience pain in my breasts when I breastfeed my baby. Does the pain have anything to do with breast cancer?
6. Will drinking less water while breastfeeding lower milk production?