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by Christina Pink

    Whether you're a new mom or have a newborn, breastfeeding often comes with couple of questions to know. Studies have shown breastfeeding is perfect to nourish your infants and protect them from illness. Breastfed babies have lower rate of medical admissions than bottle fed babies.

There are two reasons why breast-feeding is important for the mother as well as for the baby. The first reason is mother’s milk is highly nutritious for the infant; while the other is psychological bonding, which develops between the child and the mother is unparallel and has no alternative.

You should breast feed the child as often as your child gets hungry. Make sure you are providing every time as satisfying to those little tiny stomach. Most babies have clear signals, when they are hungry. They bring their little thumb or fingers up to their face and start licking them looking around for their mother. When your baby does, bring him/her closer to you and hold him in a comfortable position for breastfeeding.

Bottle-fed babies tend to be fatter than breast-fed infants are and they have difficulty digesting it. It is interesting to learn that babies who are breast fed naturally spend more time in what is known as “quite-alert”. Breast milk contains a protein that could reduce the risk of obesity later in life.

Babies need plenty of nourishment and a normal baby will breast feed 8 to 12 times a day. You need to keep a good eye on the overweight gain that your baby is making. How often a baby should breastfeed is going to depend on how they feel as well. Breast-feed your baby regularly and frequently, even as often as every two hours and at least 8 times in a 24-hour period is advisable.

Your baby should have at least 6 wet diapers per day. Do not give your baby extra sugar water for the baby usually will not need extra sugar water or formula. If you feel like you're feeding your little one more often than someone you know whose baby is formula fed, you are. Why? Because breast milk digests easier than formula, which means it moves through your baby's digestive system faster and, therefore, makes your baby hungry more often.

Leaving a baby alone with the bottle is not satisfying to the child and does not make them feel safe and secure. Babies need to be held and one of the comforting things for a new born is the physical act of nursing. Breast feeding promotes bonding between mother and baby in a way that bottle feeding cannot.

You may have to wake up the child to feed at least once in 4 hours and feel free to do so because some babies sleep for long hours. As soon as you infant identifies its need, it starts showing signs of hunger. Gradually, you can see the signs that they are consuming more at each feeding. Make your baby drink from each breast for at least 10 mins at each session. Have regular follow up appointments with the doctor and schedule the feeding time. Doing so will help to learn about how often you should breast feed your baby. An important part is to make sure you feed your baby often enough and that they het enough at each feeding.

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