'Liquid Gold’ is also called Colostrum. This extra special breast milk is full of germ-fighting antibodies that will help protect your baby against infections that you have had in the past. The first few feeds ‘coat’ your baby’s gut to protect them from germs and reduce the chances of them developing allergies as they get older.
The postnatal period begins after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother's body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks.
The postnatal period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically, while learning how to deal with all the changes and adjustments required with becoming a new mother. The postnatal period also involves the parents learning how to care for their newborn and how to function as a changed family unit. A mother needs to take good care of herself to rebuild her strength. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.
Your nine months of waiting have ended. You have just given birth to your baby and now you are full of the wonder and excitement of caring for your newborn! No doubt - you are also full of questions. To be well prepared in advance, 'Welcome Motherhood' - an initiative by GynaeGalaxy will help you and your partner in coping up with the sudden changes that happen after child birth, breast feeding issues and care of your newborn.
- Breast milk is the only food designed for your baby. It contains everything your baby needs for around the first 6 months of life.
- Breastfeeding protects your baby from various infections and diseases .
- It also offers health benefits for mums like Breast Cancer, Weak Bones later in life, Ovarian Cancer, Get the figures back faster.
- It helps build a strong bond between mother and baby, both physically and emotionally.
- It reduces the risk of cot death.
Every day makes a difference to your baby, and the longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts. Formula milk cannot give your baby the same ingredients or provide the same protection.
- Your baby has a large mouthful of breast.
- Your baby’s chin is firmly touching your breast.
- It doesn’t hurt you to feed.
- If you can see the dark skin around your nipple, you should see more dark skin above your baby’s top lip than below their bottom lip.
- Your baby’s cheeks stay rounded during sucking.
- Your baby rhythmically takes long sucks and swallows.
- Your baby finishes the feed and comes off the breast on his / her own.
Your Baby should -
- Be healthy and gaining weight
- Be passing urine at regular intervals
- Have adequate weight gain
- Pass at least two yellow stools every day
- Be content and satisfied after most feeds and will come off the breast on their own
Various factors can cause a low milk supply during breast-feeding, such as waiting too long to start breast-feeding, not breast-feeding often enough and use of certain medications.
To boost milk production-
- Breast-feed as soon as possible
- Breast-feed often
- Have a Healthy diet and drink plenty of liquids
- Be alert to feeding problems
- Don't skip breast-feeding sessions
- Hold off on the pacifier
- Use medications with caution
- Avoid alcohol and nicotine
Your Doctor may prescribe you some medicines to improve milk production.
Post birth you'll bleed quite heavy at first. Gradually, the bleeding will become lighter. If you find you're losing blood in large clots, you may need to see your Doctor.
You may also feel cramps like period pain, known as ‘after pains’. These are because feeding causes the uterus to contract.
Kindly take care of the following-
- Resume your small domestic chores after about 2 weeks of delivery.
- Resume your normal routine activities after about a month.
- Do not lift heavy objects till 6 weeks.
- Keep your incision clean and dry.
- You can resume sexual intercourse 6 weeks after birth.
- You can begin exercise after 6 weeks.
- Use of an abdominal belt has got no role in getting back in shape.
As many as 8 out of 10 mothers get the ‘baby blues’, often about three to five days after the birth. You might feel upset, mildly depressed or just keep bursting into tears for no apparent reason. It usually lasts for a few days.
It is possible to get pregnant even if you have not started your periods again or if you are breastfeeding. It is therefore important to use contraceptives as soon as you start having sex again. Talk to your doctor about contraceptive options.
Following child birth, it is generally recommended to wait for four to six weeks before having sex. This allows time for the cervix to close, postpartum bleeding to stop, and any tears or repaired lacerations to heal.
Some women may want to resume sex after a few months or even longer. Factors such as fatigue, stress and fear of pain all can take a toll on your sex drive.
After a vaginal delivery, decreased muscle tone in the vagina might reduce pleasurable friction during sex, which can influence arousal. This is usually temporary.
To tone your pelvic floor muscles, try Kegel exercises. Simply tighten your pelvic muscles as if you're stopping your stream of urine. Try it for five seconds at a time, four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions. Once you've got the hang of it, do at least three sets of 10 Kegel exercises a day.
There's no secret to weight loss after pregnancy. It takes a healthy diet, a commitment to physical activity and plenty of patience. After pregnancy, proper nutrition is still important - especially if you're breast feeding. Making wise choices can promote healthy weight loss after pregnancy.
Most women lose more than 4 to 5 kgs following childbirth. Through diet and exercise, it's reasonable to lose up to 0.5 kg a week. It might take six months or even longer to return to your pre-pregnancy weight, whether you're breast-feeding or not.