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Breast feeding


Mar 20, 2016

  • Give mother’s milk to every baby immediately after birth.
  • Every mother should get 6 months leave for childbirth and breastfeeding.
  • Sunlight is a good source of vitamin D which helps in building immune system.Hence ,exposure to sunlight for a good amount of time is recommended.
  • On 10th of life ,baby’s weight must be nearly same as birth weight .If it is very less than that, the baby may not be getting enough milk.It is an emergency.Meet doctor and discuss.
  • “Breastfeeding is not a choice, it’s a responsibility”
  • Breastfeeding is helpful in preventing various illnesses like diarrhea, malnutrition,anemia,pneumonia,dental caries.in the long term,breast fed babies have less chances of developing allergies ,obesity and have more IQ.
  • Breast feeding should be started within one hour of birth. Milk in the initial 3 days is very beneficial and also works as immunization,as it is high in immunoglobulin content.
  • No prelacteal/paralacteal feeds, no water for an initial six months. No bottle/ no pacifiers.


  • Take 4 meals apart from breakfast .
  • Eat all type of food that you like.
  • Take a total rest for 6 months.
  • Have happy mind.
  • You must remember caring is more important than worrying.


  • Breast milk for the babies -6 months exclusively then till 2 years with complimentary food .
  • Multiple benefits of breastfeeding.
  • composition of breast milk tailored for human babies;preterm milk for preemies.
  • Breast milk production (prolactin reflex) and breast milk let-down (oxytocin reflex) require effective and frequent suckling.
  • Breast feeding technique and skills should be taught to mother ;correct positioning ensures good latching .
  • Feed the baby when an it demands for the mother's milk.
  • The nipples and breast problem should be prevented and managed timely.
  • Low milk transfer may be real or perceived ascertain and manage.
  • All mothers should know manual expression.
  • Artificial feeding is disadvantageous.
  • Breast milk is the first choice milk for NICU babies.


Room temperature:freshly expressed breast milk can be kept at room temperature for up to 6 hours. If you can't use the milk quickly or the room is especially warm, transfer the milk to an insulated cooler , refrigerator or freezer.

Insulated cooler:freshly expressed breast milk can be stored in an insulated cooler with ice packs for up to 1 day.use the milk or transfer the containers to the refrigerator or freezer.

Refrigerator: freshly expressed breast milk can be stored in the back of the refrigerator for upto 5 to 8 days.

Freezer: freshly expressed breast milk can be stored in a standard freezer for upto 3 to6 months and in a chest freezer upto 6 or 12 months.place the milk in a the back of freezer,not at the door.

Always store milk in a steel container only.dont use bottle for storing milk.

Stored milk should be fed to the baby using a small spoon .

Avoid feeding babies from a bottle as this could lead to serious illness.

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