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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.
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.
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:
Expressing 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:
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.
There 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:
Here are some top tips about storing breast milk:
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.
A. All new mums are nervous and inexperienced at first but eventually get to grips with it. Just relax, stick with it and follow our mum-to-mum advice, and in no time at all you'll be enjoying the satisfaction of one of the best jobs there is. Here are some handy hints for starting breastfeeding:
A. It is going well if your baby's mouth is wide open and their bottom lip is curled back. Other reassuring signs are when baby's chin is firmly against your breast, the tops of your baby's ears wiggle and cheeks stay rounded when they suck. It is a good sign if you can hear the sound of your baby swallowing.
You may also notice a tingling feeling in your breast as the milk flows down to your nipple when baby is latched on properly. If you're in any discomfort after the first few seconds, just slip your finger gently into the corner of your baby's mouth to unlatch them, and then try again.
A. Like so many things, practice makes perfect. Helping your baby latch on to your breast is the main skill you both need to learn in the early days, and with practice it will happen. After about four to six weeks it usually gets a lot easier.
It is also important to eat healthily and regularly. Having more calories than you would normally will help to maintain a good milk supply. As in pregnancy, try to eat a balanced diet with as much fresh food as possible. Drink plenty of fluids especially water, but not too much tea, coffee or fizzy drinks. It's a good idea to keep a jug or glass of water close at hand, especially when you're actually feeding baby.
A. Once your baby has properly latched on, you should let them feed until they leave the breast or fall asleep. It may also help to offer both breasts at every feed, although your baby may not want both every time. If your baby fills up on just one breast, offer the other one first the next time you feed.
A. Your body makes milk on a supply-and-demand basis, so the more your baby feeds, the more milk you'll produce. If you feed your baby on demand you'll preserve your supply of milk. It is also important to try and get plenty of rest, especially in the early days, to maximise your milk production.
A. You may be keen to combine breast and bottlefeeding, but it helps to wait six weeks until breastfeeding is very well established before introducing a bottle. Sucking on a teat is very different to a nipple, so it can be confusing for your baby when you switch.
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