Becoming a mother is a wonderful experience. Nothing is as satisfying as looking at your newborn baby grow up stronger and healthier day by day. And to help them grow, breast milk is the best source of nutrients for your baby. It will give them everything they need to develop their body and protect them from diseases. However, breastfeeding has never been easy at first for new mothers. If you need help in breastfeeding your baby, here are the best tips
1. Know your Baby’s tummy
Most of the mothers start to breastfeed their babies when they start crying. However, you can anticipate your baby’s hunger with some simple signs. They are raising their head rapidly, sticking out their tongue, opening /closing their mouth constantly or sucking on anything near. Whenever you see those signs, offer your breast to them and your baby won’t have to cry to draw your attention.
2. Don’t Count Times
Let your baby decide how long they’re gonna be on your breast. Leave your baby to feed on your first breast and then offer them the second one. Some babies take a long time to eat and some need a longer time to fill their belly. Moreover, don’t try to schedule breastfeeding. As long as they’re feeding regularly, you can let your baby decide when they want to eat.
3. Get Relaxed and Comfortable
Breastfeeding requires you to hold your baby for a long time. If you are not in a good position, you will be uncomfortable quickly. It may hurt your shoulder, neck, and back. Also, when you are uncomfortable, you will try to change your position and it will disrupt your baby’s meal. That is not good for their health and makes them cry. So you need to get a comfortable position for breastfeeding. Lying on your side with your baby facing you or sitting in a reclined position with your baby in your hand are recommended positions. A large bed or a couch with pillows will be an ideal place for you but if you find any place is more comfortable just use it. Whatever works for you.
4. Your Milk will be Enough
Your breasts have been ready to give your child milk since the day you got pregnant. However, your milk production will depend on your baby’s needs. When your baby sucks your breast, your body releases different kinds of hormones like prolactin and oxytocin to further adjust the amount of milk you will produce. So it means that the more you breastfeed your child, the more milk you have.
5. Milk Leaking is Neutral
You may find milk leaking from your breast when you think about your baby, when you hear another baby cry or when you haven’t breastfed your baby for some time. It is completely normal as your body becomes more sensitive at this period. This leaking will disappear after a few weeks of breastfeeding your baby. If you find it inconvenient because of the leaks, place a nursing pad in your bra to absorb them.
6. Ask for Help with Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding might be uncomfortable when you first feed your baby, but it shouldn’t be a bad experience for you. Try to ask for a professional’s help. Hospital lactation consultants are professionals in this case. The lactation consultants may give you the best advice in breastfeeding and nursing for your child. They may come and see how you are doing with your baby, guide you to choose the right position of breastfeeding and anything more. Don’t hesitate to ask them or else they won’t know your needs.
Now you have the tips for breastfeeding your little ones. Although it will take time to get used to breastfeeding, you will be happy when your baby is strong and healthy. Anything you want to share with other mothers? Share with us in the comments.