Even though Breastfeeding is a natural process, it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. In fact, the chances that a new mother will struggle at some point with breastfeeding is higher than it not happening. From low milk supply to poor latch. This article is all you need to have a good start.
Breastfeeding comes with its fair share of stress. However, if you take time to master the breastfeeding process, understanding your body and your baby’s needs, and seeking the right help, breastfeeding can be very rewarding.
Breastfeeding Tips You Need To Know
Breastfeeding is best for your baby. But like every new skill, it requires patience and some learning to master the act. It’s easy to get discouraged when you face issues related to breastfeeding like low milk supply, poor latching, sore or cracked nipples, and so on. But these tips will guide you through the process and set you up for success in your breastfeeding journey.
1. Breastfeeding position
There are different breastfeeding positions, however not every position will work for you. Try different positions till you find the one that is very comfortable for you. Also, it is important to know that you bring the baby to the breast and not the breast to the baby to have straining your back. You should elevate the baby to be close enough to suck without you having to lean forward.
2. Proper Latch
A poor latch will only frustrate you and the baby. Ensure your baby latches correctly to avoid sore and cracked nipples while breastfeeding. Watch the video below for a visual guide.
3. Breastfeed within the first hour of birth
Even if your breast milk hasn’t come in yet, still bring the baby to breast. This helps your uterus contract and also pulls out colostrum to feed your baby.
4. Don’t introduce the bottle early except you don’t intend to breastfeed directly.
Avoid introducing a bottle or other nipples, including pacifiers, until breastfeeding is well established. This can confuse your baby and because it is easier to suck of of bottles than the breasts, your baby may refuse the breast after the bottle experience.
5. Nurse on Demand
The more you feed, the more your milk flows. Demand= Supply. Your milk supply will always rise to match your baby’s demand.
6. Stay Hydrated
We can’t over-emphasize this point. You need water to ensure your body can make enough milk. You can have a bottle of water beside you to sip from while breastfeeding.