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The Most Common Breastfeeding Obstacles

6 tips for successful nursing.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD,
August 24, 2011

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Did you know that before the 1930’s, all babies were exclusively breastfed?  That was when infant formula was invented, which truly changed baby nutrition and the work/home/life situations for parents.  But since then, numerous studies have compared breast feeding with formula feeding, and it’s been shown time and time again that nothing compares to the real thing. By breastfeeding your child at least for the first 6 months of life, you are providing them with more than just nutrients –  you give them the best possible start.

However, breastfeeding isn’t easy or possible for everyone. In fact, there’s a host of problems commonly associated with breastfeeding. Today, I will address these issues and provide 6 tips on how we can overcome them.

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Tip #1 - When Should You Start Breastfeeding?

You should start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. In fact, as long as your baby is born healthy, some hospitals will hand the baby over to the mom to breastfeed in the birth room.  The milk that is released in the first few days is called “colostrum,” which is thicker and smaller in quantity.  It clears away meconium, otherwise known as the baby poop in the womb, and helps prevent jaundice.  The more you breastfeed, the more milk is produced – it’s all about supply and demand.  This is an important time to not give up and continue to attempt breastfeeding.  The baby will need to be fed about every 2 hours for at least the first month of life. 

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