positions for breastfeeding
Figures 7 and 8 illustrate other positions for
breastfeeding. Mother can experiment to find various
positions that work for her and her baby. Most importantly,
in any position the mother tries, she needs to be relaxed
with no muscles straining, and baby needs to be well
supported and secure.
The beginning of breastfeeding is a time for learning and
practice and is followed by adjustment and comfort. Mother
and baby will soon know exactly what to do without even
thinking about it and will have established a firm
foundation for their nursing relationship.
What should a breastfeeding mother eat?
Breastfeeding mothers often have questions about nutritional
needs during breastfeeding. The content of human milk varies
only slightly among mothers regardless of their diets.
Ideally, mothers of babies should eat a balanced, varied
diet emphasizing nutrition-dense foods in as close to a
natural state as possible. A perfectly balanced diet is not
necessary; however, when needed nutrients are not eaten, any
mother may experience fatigue and reduced stamina. The
following information will give guidelines for recommended
daily allowances, suggestions for quick snacks and simple
meal planning, foods to avoid and special dietary needs.
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