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Hi there, I'm Kira Shepherd. When my kids were little, I spent a lot of time at the health care clinic. Children need an exam when they hurt themselves or run a high fever. Any other distressing symptoms are also best explored by a qualified physician. Thankfully, my local health care clinic always helped reassure me that the kids were healthy and developing well. I will share information about common diagnostic procedures and treatments performed at health care clinics. I will talk about alternatives, like going to the hospital or treating at home. My site will cover common symptoms and complications caused by a wide range of illness and injuries. Please visit my site often to learn more information. Thank you.

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3 Things You Need To Know About Breastfeeding Your Baby

by Jack Long

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your infant child. Before the birth of a baby, many mothers contemplate whether or not they will breastfeed the child. Many professionals believe that almost all women should be able to successfully breastfeed. In order to be successful in breastfeeding your child here are a couple things you should know.

1. The Milk May Take A While To Come In

Many people mistakenly believe that the moment you birth your baby there will be milk in the breast for the child to eat. This is just not the case. Instead, there is something called colostrum that is a clear fatty fluid that will come from the breast for the first couple days. This is very important for the baby and is actually better for them in the beginning than breast milk is. This is because the colostrum has 100 times more vitamins and antibodies than even the milk does. This means that the first thing that your child is given is like a multivitamin full of everything that they need. It may not seem like they are getting much to eat, but that is okay. They don't need a lot at the beginning.

Your milk should usually come in within a couple days after giving birth. The best way to speed up the process is to nurse the child as often as possible. The more the child sucks, the faster it will tell your body to produce colostrum and milk.

2. Nurse in Different Positions To Prevent Infection

When you feed your baby, you might be tempted to do one position. The most common position is the cradle hold where you hold your baby in your arm and right by the breast, with their body against yours. As you become skilled with nursing this will be a great way to feed your baby. However, in the beginning it is important to prevent clogged ducts. By doing different holds such as the football hold and the laying side position, you can help the breast to completely empty, thus preventing infection.

3. Don't Become Discouraged

Nursing is challenging. Many new mothers are surprised at how hard and painful it can be in the beginning. When those moments come, remember all the benefits of nursing. Breast milk has vitamins and antibodies that formula simply cannot replicate. In addition, it is a wonderful way for baby and mother to bond.

By understanding these important things about breastfeeding, you can stick with it even during the hard times. If you continue to struggle with breastfeeding, you may want to speak with a lactation consultant to get some advice.

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