Breast milk is the best food as it contains all the nutrition that your baby needs in the first six months.
Colostrum, the early milk produced after birth is rich in antibodies which help baby fight against infections. Breast milk is free of germs, so there is no need of sterilization or temperature check.
Your baby`s first feed should be as soon as possible after delivery. Feed your baby according to the needs and allow to feed as long as baby wants. A healthy baby usually has 8 to 10 feeds in a day or once every 2 to 3 hours.
In instances where you are not able to breast feed your baby directly you can still provide your baby with breast milk if you express your milk and store it for use. Expressed breast milk can be stored upto 48 hours in a refrigerator at a temperature of 4 ° C or left at room temperature of 4 °C for upto 4 hours in a sterilized bottle.
You should find breast feeding a fulfilling experience as it enhances the bond between you and your baby.
You will be facilitated to Consult a Breast Feeding Counsellor for all techniques and queries pertaining to Breast feeding during your tenure of hospitalization at the time of delivery at Bhagirathi Neotia Woman and Child Care Centre.