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What are the benefits of breastfeeding?


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Published At April 2, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 30-year-old female. I am going to become a mother soon. Can you provide an overview of the benefits of breastfeeding for both the baby and the mother? What are the key principles of successful breastfeeding, and what should I expect in the early days? How can I ensure my baby latches correctly for effective breastfeeding? What are the recommended breastfeeding positions that promote comfort and proper latch? How can I establish and maintain a healthy breast milk supply for my baby's nutritional needs? Are there dietary and hydration considerations that influence milk production? What is the ideal feeding frequency for newborns, and how long should each breastfeeding session typically last?

Kindly provide your suggestions.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understood your concern.

Benefits of breastfeeding include optimal nutrition for the baby, immune system support, and bonding. For mothers, it aids in postpartum recovery, reduces the risk of certain illnesses, and fosters a strong emotional connection. Key principles for successful breastfeeding are as follows:

  1. Ensure a proper latch for effective milk transfer.
  2. Feed on demand, approximately eight to 12 times per day initially.
  3. Experiment with various comfortable breastfeeding positions.

To promote a correct latch, ensure your baby's mouth covers both the nipple and areola. Positions like cradle hold or football hold can facilitate a good latch. Maintain a healthy milk supply by nursing frequently, staying hydrated, and having a balanced diet. Foods like oats and fenugreek may support milk production. I hope this has helped you. Kindly follow up if you have more doubts.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq


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