Medical Information

07 August 2018

Ruhunu hospital wishes to educate the importance of Breastfeeding. This is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborn babies from infections and saves lives. Infants are at greater risk of death due to diarrhea and other infections when they are only partially breastfed or not breastfed at all. Breastfeeding also improves IQ, school readiness and attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life. It also reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother.



1. Don't be surprised if it hurts (at first)

Breastfeeding HURTS in the beginning. Your nipples are cracked and raw, your boobs are sore, and letdowns can be painful. The first two weeks are the hardest. After 10 months it’s not nearly as painful as it was those first weeks.

2. Practice makes perfect

The answer to most nursing problems,More nursing! And get support - online, in person, professional, hospitals, other nursing moms - whatever it takes to get you through the tough spots.

3. Invest in some comfy nursing tanks and bras (you'll be living in them soon)

Stock up on nursing tanks. They are so easy and you don't have to pull up your shirt. You can layer them under a zip-up, hoodie, or cardigan.

4. Don't be afraid of nipple shields

When it is the only way that your newborn will latch, it is okay to use them and you can wean off of them if you choose.

5. Moisturize those nips!

If you want to save on nipple cream, try using olive oil and your own breast milk for healing those chapped, painful nipples!


6. Create a breastfeeding station

Set up a breastfeeding station and know that you could spend up to 10 hours a day there in the beginning.

7. Don't over-pump right away

Don't pump a stash until your supply is established - you'll create an oversupply that way.Early initiation of breastfeeding, within one hour of birth, protects the newborn from acquiring infections and reduces newborn mortality.

Starting breastfeeding early increases the chances of a successful continuation of breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months has many benefits for the infant and mother. Chief among these is protection against gastrointestinal infections and malnutrition, which are observed not only in developing but also industrialized countries.

8. Don't be afraid to breastfeed in public

Breastfeed in public however you're most comfortable doing it (with a cover, blanket, etc.). If you always have to change plans or sit alone, it will feel like much more of a chore. Remember that breastfeeding even in public is a beautiful thing, so don't be embarrassed.

9. Don't forget to eat!

Baby will get all the nutrients he/she needs, but it will leave you with nothing. Make good choices about what you're eating - lots of veggies and healthy proteins.It is so easy in the beginning to be consumed with everything baby and forget to take care of yourself. The problem is, if you forget to eat and drink, you aren't helping your supply to increase at all. You need those extra calories and fluids."


10. Drink Often...

It takes a lot of water to make milk. Until your body regulates and figures out exactly what it’s doing, you’re going to need a lot of water. A nice reusable water bottle should be on every mom-to-be baby registry. Breast-milk is also an important source of energy and nutrients in children aged 6-23 months. It can provide half or more of a child’s energy needs between 6-12 months, and one-third of energy needs between 12-24 months. Breast-milk is a critical source of energy and nutrients during illness, and reduces mortality among children who are malnourished.