The month of August is National Breastfeeding Month. For this reason, we will target our blogs to focus on breastfeeding. Our purpose is to educate, empower, and highlight this excellent source of nutrition that can lead to your baby’s healthy growth and development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about six months. It says it can be continued for as long as the mother and baby desire it. Human milk provides virtually all the protein, sugar, and fat your baby needs to be healthy. Breast milk also benefits your baby’s immune system.
Am I Nursing Correctly?
Nursing can be stressful because there’s no way to see if the milk is actually exiting your breast and sufficiently feeding your baby. However, there are signs you can watch for to ensure you are nursing correctly. Look to see that your baby’s mouth is open wide with lips turned out, and his chin and nose is resting against your breast. Ensure that she is suckling rhythmically and deeply with as much of your areola as possible in her mouth. You can also listen for swallowing and watch your baby after nursing to see if he is content and satisfied.
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