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Breastfeeding a newborn is both easy and difficult. In the first 6 months of your baby’s life, practically the only thing necessary to satisfy hunger is milk. But a feeding routine is of key importance. If you develop one, you and your baby will enjoy these moments.

Here are a few rules that you should follow before and during breastfeeding:

1. Ensure a nice, quiet atmosphere for you and your baby - taking it slow and avoiding overstimulation will help the baby focus on eating.

2. Change the diaper - a fresh diaper will make the baby feel more comfortable.

3. Hygiene - before you start feeding, wash your hands to eliminate any odours or residues from other activities. Remember that you use your hands to give the breast to your baby.

4. Assume a comfortable breastfeeding position - you can lie down or sit, but make sure you and your baby are comfortable.

5. Unwrap your baby from the blanket - if tightly cocooned, it will feel restricted while eating. It's better to hold your baby closer to your body.

6. Soothe your crying baby - you won’t be able to feed the baby if it is irritated and weepy. Start with rocking your baby a little, sing a lullaby until it calms down, and only then start breastfeeding.

7. Wake the baby up - do not feed your baby while it is asleep. Try to make contact while breastfeeding.

8. Caress - your baby perceives eating as an act of closeness to mummy. Hug your baby and caress it with your eyes, hands and voice.

9. Burp break - watch your baby closely while switching breasts and make a break for a burp. If the baby stops sucking too soon, it may be because there is too much gas in the stomach. A burp will allow it to eat more.

How long should breastfeeding last?
Breastfeeding should not be shorter than10 minutes or longer than 20 minutes. Within the first 5 minutes, a healthy, strong baby will consume from over half to 3/4 of the breast content, and after another 5 minutes only a small amount of milk. Sometimes, your newborn is lazier, sucking slowly and falling asleep easily while eating. If your baby falls asleep while breastfeeding, it is often helpful to gently stroke its nose or cheek with your finger. Breastfeeding that lasts 25-30 minutes is only allowed for short periods, when your newborn does not know how to suck or sucks weakly, or if the mother doesn’t have enough milk and the aim is to stimulate the lactiferous glands to increase the milk production. A healthy and well-fed baby is lively, active, sleeps well, is cheerful, and has a pink and firm body.

Note - a baby who doesn't get enough milk will not gain weight fast enough and will scream between meals, be restless, suck on its hands, and search for your breast. If your baby doesn’t eat enough, it won’t sleep well, will often wake up crying, suffer from constipation or - on the contrary - the feces will be loose, dark and small. Make sure you don’t let this happen. Analyse your feeding routine and try to find the best solution. You should also take care of the condition of your breasts, so that breastfeeding is problem-free. Avoid hardening your nipples by rubbing or brushing them. Hardened and coarse epidermis easily breaks, whereas nipples should be soft and flexible. Do not use oily nipple creams. It is best to wash your breasts without any soap (not necessarily before each feeding; once or twice a day is sufficient). Do not wash off the milk that dries on your nipples. It makes an excellent protective layer.

There’s nothing more beautiful than a happy, full baby who smiles cheerfully at you after feeding and falls asleep easily, giving you time for yourself.

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