Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

As a new mother, it’s natural to be disturbed by the sudden changes that have happened. Be it the sleepless nights, depression, nappy changes, crying baby, breastfeeding every 2 hours, difficulty in breastfeeding, they take a toll on your physical and mental health..

Not every baby is skilled at latching on to his mother’s breast correctly. Some take time, while some don’t latch at all due to their mothers’ inverted nipples, or because their mothers don’t know how to help the baby latch. By the time mothers figure out the reason, giving formula or expressed milk in a bottle would have become inevitable.
  • The first thing to do when there you have difficulty in breastfeeding is to consult a lactation specialist. She can help you understand the reason for not being able to breastfeed or provide a good latch.
  • Secondly, make sure your baby is held in a comfortable position during breastfeeding. Use the nursing chair having backrest so that you get enough support while breastfeeding.
  • Have a glass of warm water before nursing and massage your breasts gently prior to feeding so that it stimulates them.
  • Pump the milk in case your baby does not feed. Milk can be expressed by hand or by using a pumping machine. This method should be temporary only be used for a short time.
  • Talk and smile at your baby while breastfeeding. This helps to strengthen the bond and eventually lets the milk flow.
  • Make sure the milk flow is not too fast as it can choke the baby. Hold onto your breasts so that you can control the milk supply.
  • Always maintain hygiene before and after feeding.
I hope my article has helped you if you’re experiencing difficulty in breastfeeding.
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