7 breastfeeding tips to help you and your baby connect and deal with any ouch! issues
Planning on breastfeeding, but confused what to expect? For National Breastfeeding Week (20th June to 26th June), we have compiled some useful tips exclusively for new mums.
Breastfeeding is essential for your baby. The early milk produced, also known as Colostrum, is an important source of antibodies, which helps your baby to develop immunity power during the years of early growth.
It will also help you to shed all those pregnancy pounds as in general you burn up to 400-500 calories. It also benefits by reducing the risk of postpartum depression and breast and ovarian cancer.
1. Give it time
- Don't be surprised if it hurts in the beginning. The first two weeks can be a tough experience but try not to get discouraged. Feeding a newborn every few hours can be tiring, and it's OK to have a slow start. Just remember that the more often you breast-feed your baby, the more milk your breasts will produce — and the more natural breast-feeding is likely to feel.
- Don’t forget to seek personal or professional help in case you need so. Consult with your family members and close friends. Their valuable input will guide you a lot.
2. Make healthy lifestyle choices
- Choose your diet carefully. Foods rich in protein, calcium and iron are a must. Lentils, whole grained products, cereals or dark green leafy vegetables should do the trick. Egg and dairy products should provide your protein and citrus fruits the vitamin C.
- Consider taking supplements. Vitamin B-12 is essential in these circumstances. And make sure your body is getting an adequate amount of Vitamin D.
- Don’t consume caffeinated drinks more than 2-3 cups per day. It might cause problem with your baby’s sleep.
- While breastfeeding, certain cautions are required to be adopted. Avoid alcohol, if possible. Otherwise, don’t breastfeed until the alcohol has completely been drained from your system, which might require 3 to 4 hours.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate... Have plenty, and when we say plenty we mean PLENTY of water. You need maximum hydration.
3. Get comfortable!
- While breastfeeding may be one of the most natural things you will ever do, it does not always come naturally and instinctively to all of us and one of the things that can really help to get a breastfeeding relationship off to a successful start is a comfortable, supportive nursing pillow.
- Use a Nursing Pillow to get baby to breast height. Don’t lean down over him or your neck and back may ache. Bring baby to breast, not the breast to baby.
4. Don't over-pump right away
- Be careful if you are using a breast pump. Try not to over pump right away. Consult a reputable lactation consultation. Take good care of your breasts and nipples. Moisturize them regularly and don’t be afraid to use nipple shields.
5. Latching is the key to success
- Once you've got a good latch, you'll find breastfeeding much more comfortable. Without a good latch, your baby may get distracted and you may feel that your breasts are still full at the end, which can be painful.
6. Don't be afraid to breastfeed in public
- Never be ashamed of breastfeeding in public. Always remember it is one of the most beautiful things nature intended, so there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
7. Not breastfeeding, for whatever reason, doesn't make you a failure or a bad mother.
- And finally, breastfeeding is 'the ideal' because of its additional benefits but it is NOT the be all and end all.
- As a mother, feeding your baby is priority. Feeding. If you feed with formula from a bottle, you are still feeding your baby, who will grow and flourish. And on top of that, you're still giving them all the other massively important things they need – your warmth, your love and your attention.
As the World Breastfeeding Week approaches, we hope these simple tips come in handy for new mothers to deal with problems faced during breastfeeding. Enjoy your motherhood, take care of your bundles of joy and don’t forget to take care of yourself too.
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