Breast feeding is the time for mother and her baby to have the special bond. It is not only intimate; it is also unique. For the baby, breast feeding means supply of food that is highly important for his growth and development. As for the mother, breastfeeding means prevention of swollen and engorgement breast. Therefore, breast feeding should be done regularly, and even as often as possible. And here are many reasons for it.
There are several recommended times for breast feeding. It is said that, in the day, a baby should be well fed every three hours. As for the night, the baby should be fed every four hours. It means that the baby should have a meal time eight to twelve times every day. This is functional to make sure that your baby has as much as the food that he need. If you left your baby more than four hours without feeding him, what will happen is that your baby will be very hungry that he will cry all the time. Therefore, make sure that you left some breast milk supply if you are planning to leave your baby in someone’s care for a couple of hours.
However, do not wait until your baby is crying before giving him the breast milk. Because, even if he is not crying, when he is smacking his lips, it means that he is starting to look for the milk. Do not wait any longer because it would not do any good. Besides, you do not also have to wait until your baby is awake before giving him the breast milk. If it is the time for him to have his meal, you can just wake him up. Do it gently, and if it does not work, wait a half an hour and then try to wake him up again. Nevertheless, a baby usually do not need to fully awaken because they usually has developed the breast feeding instinct.
As for the time spent for each breast feeding session should be as long as possible. Do not detach the nipples before your baby is finishing sucking the milk because it would mean that he has not fully received the milk he needed. Detaching it can make your baby start cry. Furthermore, try to maintain a similar time of each session. Therefore, your breast will be used to the program and do not form any clog because of the unexpected expulsion of the milk.