4. Weak pelvic floor muscles
Your pelvic floor muscles have had a work out over the last few months and they may be a bit weak. To help avoid bladder leakage, continue doing your pelvic floor exercises every day.
5. Breast milk production
For a few days after birth, your breasts will produce colostrum, a low-fat, high-protein liquid packed with important nutrients that your baby will need in the first 6 months of life, as well as antibodies. It is the perfect food for newborn because it can be easily digested by your baby. Breast milk usually kicks in 2 or 3 days after giving birth.
- On the first day, you will produce little colostrum, about 40-50 ml
- In the next couple of days, you’ll produce about 300–400 ml of milk a day and
- On the fifth day, this amount will increase to about 500–800 ml.
Healthcare professionals recommend breastfeeding if you can. It offers a number of benefits for both you and your baby. For advice on how to enhance this experience, read our breastfeeding tips for new mums to be. Important notice: Breast milk is best for babies. Before you decide to use this product consult your doctor or health worker for advice.
Benefits of breastfeeding for you are:
- helps you bond with your baby
- helps you return from your post pregnancy body to what your body was like before you got pregnant
- can help you relax by taking time out of your busy day to breastfeed.
Benefits of breastfeeding for your baby:
- contains important nutrients your baby needs to grow and develop
- provides protection against a lot of common health problems
- offers a cost-effective and convenient food supply.
With all the benefits obtained from colostrum, it is recommended that babies be fed exclusively on breast milk for the first 6 months. Its practice in the developing world still needs a boost, but its global prevalence shows more countries are starting to adopt this practice.Regardless, your decision should still be based on your own circumstances and medical advice.