tommee tippee® guide to breastfeeding

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tommee tippee® guide to breastfeeding

If you're a new mum, the tommee tippee guide to breastfeeding will give you lots of expert advice and answer many questions.

If you want more information about breastfeeding, this useful guide including questions and answers from tommee tippee will support you through this important stage.

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Feeding your baby is an essential stage in their development. tommee tippee has a comprehensive range of breastfeeding accessories, including Electric breast pumps, Breast pads and Milk storage equipment , to ensure you are well prepared and have everything you need.

About breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide the healthy nutrients your baby needs and tommee tippee breastfeeding accessories are easy to use, effective and comfortable, should you decide to combine breast and bottle feeding.

The benefits of breastfeeding

There is no better food for a baby than breast milk. It gives your baby the best start in life, and the Department of Health recommends that mums should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life. The many benefits of breastfeeding include:

  • Breast milk is packed with antibodies to help protect your baby against infection and reduces the likelihood of them developing allergies such as asthma and eczema.
  • Breast milk is sterile and always at the right temperature, when taken straight from the breast.
  • Breast milk is easy for your baby to digest.
  • Breast milk is free.
  • It helps the womb return to its normal size more quickly after the birth.
  • Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of certain conditions in later life, such as ovarian and breast cancer.
  • It uses up approximately 500 calories a day, so it can help women to lose any weight they gained during pregnancy.
  • It helps you build a strong bond with your baby.

About breastfeeding: Expressing breast milk

tommee tippee Closer to Nature Easivent bottle 260mlExpressing breast milk is part of the breastfeeding experience for many women. It can be particularly important if you decide to go back to work but still want your baby to receive all the nutritional benefits of your breast milk, even though you can't feed baby yourself.

Expressing milk is mainly done to build up a store when you can't be with your baby. However, there are other reasons why you may choose to express your milk:

  • To allow you to get a break from breastfeeding, for example, to enjoy a night out.
  • To relieve engorged breasts.
  • To stimulate extra milk production.
  • To give your partner the opportunity to get involved with the feeding process.

If you are expressing because you are returning to work, it is helpful to plan ahead and start building up your bank of milk once or twice a day and storing the breast milk in the freezer. Expressing at the same time every day, such as first thing in the morning when you are at your fullest will increase your milk supply, so that you can feed your baby and express some to be stored.

Always make sure that milk is stored in sterile containers inside a cool bag, and put it in the fridge or freezer when you get home. Also bear in mind that breastfeeding mums should be given time and a place to express milk at work.

About breastfeeding: Storing breast milk

tommee tippee Closer to Nature Milk Storage PotsThere is a lot of advice about how to store breast milk. However, tommee tippee recommends that you follow The Rule of Sixes as detailed by the World Health Organisation:

  • Milk will keep for about six hours at room temperature
  • Milk will keep for up to six days in the fridge (0-4C)
  • Milk will keep for six months in the freezer (-18C or lower)

Here are some top tips about storing breast milk:

  1. If you express more than once a day, you can combine milk in the same container.
  2. You will notice that stored milk separates out into layers. Shake to remix thoroughly before feeding.
  3. When freezing milk, allow space at the top of the bottle for expansion. It is easiest to freeze milk in individual feed quantities of 60-125ml (2-4ozs).
  4. To thaw frozen milk, place it in the fridge or leave at room temperature. It can also be warmed by standing in lukewarm water.
  5. Do not microwave breast milk. Even though you may be in a hurry, microwaving can cause "hot spots" and burn your baby's mouth. It also destroys the protective properties found in breast milk, meaning your baby will not get all the benefits from your milk.
  6. If the milk has been defrosted in the refrigerator but not warmed, it can be stored in the fridge, but not refrozen, for another 24 hours.
  7. If it has been thawed outside the fridge, it can be kept in the fridge, but not refrozen, for another four hours.
  8. If you want to take expressed milk with you when you go out, make sure it stays cold or frozen until needed.
  9. Throw away any leftover milk after a feed.

Frequently asked questions about breastfeeding

If you have decided to breastfeed for the first time and don't know where to begin, we have tried to answer all the questions that will be on your mind.

Q. I'm worried I won't be able to breastfeed and want to know how to start?

Q. How will I know if I am breastfeeding correctly?

Q. What else can I do to make sure my baby feeds well?

Q. How do I know when my baby has had enough?

Q. How often should I breastfeed my baby?

Q. When can I introduce a bottle or soother?

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