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Organization of feeding: feeding on demand, rhythms


On-demand feeding is the cornerstone of natural feeding. This is what distinguishes it from the widespread in the middle of the 20th century breastfeeding according to the regime. However, many mothers see this as a call to anarchy and constant attachment to the child and sometimes refuse to follow it without even experiencing it. Meanwhile, on-demand feeding is very convenient for the mother, if it is properly organized. Breastfeeding is a mutual process, therefore speaking of feeding on demand means demands not only from the side of the child, but also from the mother. On the requirements of the child, mothers are usually heard, but many of them do not really know what this requirement is. On the requirements of the mother, most have the vaguest idea. So, let's deal with these concepts. Feeding on demand of the child In general, the frequency of applications is regulated by the child. Any anxiety, crying or searching behavior, when the baby is turning his head and catching the objects nearby, are an expression of the demand that will be applied to the chest. The child can make such movements even in a dream, and he can and should be given a chest to sleepy, he will not suck without waking. The baby of the first months of life should be applied to the chest for any reason, giving him the opportunity to suckle when he wants and how much he wants. This is necessary not only to saturate the child, but also for his psycho-emotional comfort. In moments of anxiety, for psychological comfort the baby can be applied to the breast up to 4 times per hour. In total, the baby of the first months of life during the day, there are 12-20 feedings. As a rule, this frequency frightens inexperienced moms. First, they, at times, are afraid to overfeed the baby. However, such fears are unfounded. The gastrointestinal tract of a newborn in any mammal, including a human calf, is not adapted to feeding by the clock, but to continuous feeding! Breast milk can be absorbed in the intestines in unlimited quantities, due to the fact that it contains enzymes for its own processing. Thus, breast milk is a unique food that helps itself absorb. That's why it is digested better than any super mixture. On the other hand, moms are afraid that the baby will suck almost continuously. However, the child's demands are not chaotic, but are distributed within a day at a certain rhythm, to which any mother can adjust. In a healthy baby the first 2 months of life, the approximate interval between demands in the daytime is 1-1.5 hours, at night the interval can increase and overnight the baby is applied only 3-4 times. Basically sucking is accompanied by a baby's sleep in the stages of falling asleep and awakening. Beginning with 2 months applications are becoming rarer. The interval between them increases to 1.5-2 hours, but feeding continues to surround the child's dreams. The nighttime rhythm of attachment does not change. By 4-6 months of applying to the breast become even rarer, but, nevertheless, their number does not fall below 12 feedings per day and they are still associated with sleep. This is the optimal number of baby breast attachments to ensure normal lactation. Some children suck more often, and some - less often this rhythm. Why is this happening? If there are reasons for discomfort, the frequency of the child's demands increases, and he begins to suck more and more often. Long sucking compensates for stress, and on his mother's hands he feels himself completely safe. Once the discomfort is overcome, the infant returns to the frequency of attachments inherent in his age. The smaller the baby, the more time it takes to overcome discomfort. Very often and for a long time suck the children who have hard survived childbirth and have an elevated status of anxiety. Once the stress is compensated, and this can take from a few days to several weeks, the frequency of suckling decreases to normal. And in what cases do children suck less often? If a child sleeps a lot and sleeps for a long time, it is applied every 2.5-4 hours. Typically, this is a kid, accustomed to such breaks in the maternity hospital, or suffered a severe stress, which he tries to compensate for during sleep. Long, prolonged sleep is also characteristic of weakened, premature, sick children. However, this is not a physiological norm, and sooner or later it will affect both the state of lactation and the state of the child. The female breast is designed for a physiological requirement rate, which is never less than 12 times a day. With a reduction in the number of applications, the amount of milk produced gradually decreases and vanishes. The child, in turn, is designed for frequent intake of small portions of milk. Increasing the interval between attachments leads to overstretching of the walls of the stomach, the child needs a portion to satiate much more than what he can absorb. Therefore, most often, with such feeding, after a few weeks or months, even if there is a sufficient amount of milk from the mother, the baby begins to gain less weight. For such a child, it will be very urgent to just feed on the demand of the mother, which will not allow him to "wake up" feeding. By the way, the opinion that it is the long sleep that will compensate for the baby's stress is not supported by anything, nature intended the child the only physiological mechanism of compensation - a prolonged stay on the mother's hands with prolonged breast sucking.
The sooner the kid understands this, the sooner he will get rid of his problems. What does such feeding look like? Feeding at the request of the mother The mother and child represent an inseparable symbiosis after birth, practically a single organism, which works in a coherent way in a single rhythm, just as it was in the process of bearing the child. Undoubtedly, the mother performs the leading role in this symbiosis, however, the desires of both sides are equal and must be adequately satisfied. At mum there is a need to put the child to a breast, same strong as well as at its or her child to suck. It occurs every 1.5-2 hours in the afternoon and 3-4 times a night. In the first days of feeding, when the mother starts the tides of milk, she finds this need very easily. As soon as the baby tries to sleep more than 1.5 hours, the mother immediately overflows with the chest. As a rule, many mothers wait patiently until the baby wakes up and after a while ceases to orient in their own needs. In fact, there are no obstacles to offer a breast to a sleepy baby, especially after he slept for more than an hour. If the mother brings the baby to her breast and starts irritating the nipple with the nipple of the baby, he will open his mouth and begin to catch the nipple. Every mother needs to know, feeding and sleeping a child are processes that do not interfere with each other and can go in parallel. Moreover, babies prefer to sleep under the mother's breast, sucking it peacefully. That is why, guided by its internal rhythm, the mother must herself offer the baby a breast with a frequency of once every 1-2 hours during the day and 3-4 times at night. As a rule, the rhythms of the mother and the baby are adjusted to each other and after a while (in some mothers it takes a couple of weeks, for others a few months) the breast stops overflowing. Mom is already guided not by tides, but by some "internal clock", which, according to the observations of researchers correspond to the above rhythm. If the internal rhythms of the mother were violated, then it can easily be restored by simply looking at the clock. It is especially important to control the frequency of application for weakened children (sick, small, premature). However, the mother should be concerned if any child is not applied to the breast for a long time. This is especially true for infants the first 3 months of life. When a child grows older, feeding at the request of the mother allows her to establish a normal rhythm of the day and manage to do all of her household chores. It is much more convenient to offer a baby a breast when it is convenient for the mother and then for some time to do her own business, being sure that the baby is full. True, a child who received breast only at his own will and never at the request of his mother, can refuse to "suddenly" fulfill her wishes. This violation of behavior, which was simply unthinkable for our distant ancestors, or for contemporaries who preserved an archaic culture, is quite common among civilized mothers and their children. If the mother does not begin to play a leading role in symbiosis, in particular, to watch the baby's attachment, instead of grouping around the dreams, instead of grouping around the dreams, they will be distributed so randomly throughout the day that her life really turns into chaos! Moms, who just imagine feeding on demand, are not really oriented at all in the laws of nature. Nature could not make this necessary for survival process so inconvenient and disorderly. Is it possible to imagine a native or an African who arranges to feed his child at any time, not in accordance with the surrounding situation? In the wild, the situation may not be at all conducive to a quiet meal. Mom can at this moment itself be busy searching for food, running away from a predator, etc. It is mother who determines the most convenient and quiet time in order to feed the baby. Of course, we are talking about a mother who is oriented in the child's needs, and will search for a convenient time in accordance with his rhythms. Our baby is designed exactly for the same relationship with his mother as any African kid, but he needs to be taught this. He is ready to apply at the request of the mother and learn to build into her rhythms, if his mother shows it to him, that is, from the very beginning he offers the breast not only when he wants, but also at those moments when she needs it herself. Thus, feeding at the request of the mother is a necessary condition for organizing the natural feeding of a child of any age. In the first 2-3 months of a child's life, it allows maintaining a sufficient rhythm of applications, provides optimal stimulation and emptying of the breast, prevents the development of seals and lactostasis. For children with downtrodden physiological rhythms, after severe childbirth, etc., feeding at the request of the mother is the only way to establish a full lactation and achieve a good gain in weight. In the future, it is feeding at the request of the mother, is the beginning of education and helps the mother comfortably organize breastfeeding. Therefore, dear moms, do not be afraid to feed on demand, it can be arranged very conveniently, and if you can not do it - contact the specialists and you will always be helped!
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Organization of feeding: feeding on demand, rhythms

  1. Principles and methods of feeding and feeding-related recommendations
    In many countries in the WHO European Region, there are no own guidelines for feeding infants and young children. Nevertheless, in some countries they exist: for example, in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In the former Soviet Union, the need for such guidelines is recognized long ago (the last time they
  2. World Health Organization. Feeding infants, 1998

  3. WAYS OF FEEDING
    There are several ways to feed cats. 1) Feeding with free access to feed. 2) Feeding, limited in time. 3) Feeding, limited by the amount of feed. With free-feeding, feeds are available to animals at any time. With time-limited feeding, the animals are given for a certain period of time (usually 5-30 minutes) the amount of feed exceeding them
  4. Feeding frequency
    How often and for how long should I feed my child? More often, more often, more often! These are the magic words for successful breastfeeding. Both experience and scientific research show that when an infant enjoys frequent, unlimited feeding, then: - Infants grow better - they blossom. - Maternal milk contains the necessary amount of fats and calories. - Mothers
  5. Feeding pigs
    Norms of sows feeding. Only full-fledged feeding provides good health of the sows, a high-quality litter, high milk yield. For one grown on the uterus, it is necessary to receive 10-12 piglets with live weight of 1.2-1.3 kg, which by 2 months of age must reach a live weight of 18-20 kg. The rates of sow feeding are differentiated depending on the
  6. Feeding the baby from the calyx
    Cups are much safer than bottles. Bottles for feeding do not need to be used. Never use bottles for feeding in hospitals. They are offered to mothers who believe that the bottles are safe. Advantages of cups - They are easy to wash with soap and water if boiling is impossible. - Probability of reproduction in them of bacteria is less, than in small bottles. - They can not be left near
  7. Feeding tube
    The tube for feeding can be a good help to the mother to restore the production of milk in the chest. A hungry child can, of course, suck "empty" breasts several times, but then he may become nervous and generally refuse to suck, especially if he is used to sucking from a bottle. A tube for feeding can solve this problem. How to use the feeding tube
  8. Feeding the twins
    Many mothers who have twins are less confident in their abilities than women who have given birth to one child. In fact, you will be good at feeding your crumbs. Believe in yourself, and you will succeed. Over time, you will get used to caring for your kids, and be proud of them and yourself. And despite all the difficulties, you will feel happy, looking into the touching eyes of the twins,
  9. Feeding sheep
    Feeding the ewes. Norms of feeding ewes depend on the direction of their productivity, physiological state and live weight. Norms for feeding ewes of Romanov breed, per head per day {foto51} Fecundity, milk yield and wool productivity of ewes largely depend on protein, mineral-vitamin full-value rations. At the beginning of the mating, the uterus should have an average
  10. After feeding
    After feeding the baby, it is very important to hold in a vertical position for a while, until the remains of the air that has got in the process of feeding leave his stomach. Another important point: after feeding the baby should be spread only on its side, and the right one, at the same time, will prevent milk from entering the respiratory tract, if the baby still bows, and, moreover, in this position it is easier to
  11. Pillows for feeding
    One of the newest products for nursing mothers is pillows for feeding - firm, semicircular supporting pillows designed to be put on your knees and to raise the child higher to the level of the chest. Some pillows also provide support for the lower back of the mother. Pillows for feeding are especially remarkable for twin mothers, because it seems that they never have
  12. Hygienic rules of feeding
    Observe the daily routine of feeding. 2. Feed the day at regular intervals, 3 times more than 2 times, newborns - 4-5 times a day. 3. The order of feed feeding for herbivores, carnivores and omnivores: first succulent fodder, better root crops (the beet is the strongest plant activator of the pancreas and other glands of the digestive tract), then coarse fodder,
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