For when your baby is born and you nurse him or her. Mamilla when phasing out breastfeeding
The birth of your child is one of the most beautiful events in an adult's life. For nine months the growing miracle is carried in your belly as we look forward to the first moment that we can welcome this new life into the world, and hold and admire him or her.
From that very first moment we quickly learn how to care for our children. In the period after giving birth you receive a great deal of information from brochures on issues such as nursing. As brand new parents, you have the choice between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding, but it is generally recommended that you breastfeed as there are many benefits for your child. However, as a new mother, there are also disadvantages: painful nipples, nipple fissures or thrush.
Breastfeeding and expressing breast milk are important in the first few weeks after birth and can mean a beautiful and unique experience
In the first 24 hours after giving birth, your breast milk contains colostrum - which is the initial milk produced. Colostrum contains important and valuable substances, such as vitamins, minerals and proteins that are crucial for building up your baby's strength, the immune system and for growing.
No matter how good your breast milk may be for your child, it is naturally also crucial that the breastfeeding experience is a pleasant and loving one for you too.
Issues such as nipple fissures can arise when breastfeeding
Unfortunately, breastfeeding is not always a joyful experience, as a range of complications can arise with various causes. This includes your baby sucking too hard or your child latching incorrectly when feeding.
Cracks or wounds could appear where the areola meets the nipple or on the nipple itself, with issues frequently arising during the first week of nursing because you are still practicing latching correctly and your nipples are unaccustomed to expressing milk. These factors can easily cause your skin to break or even bleed.
Nipple fissures can be quite painful, especially when nursing. You could find them becoming so bad that you breastfeed with clenched teeth, dreading the next feed.
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