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..
- 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.