4 Tips for Breastfeeding Mothers
One of the most important things a mother wants is to protect her child. This starts from the moment the child takes her/his first breath and it’s a natural instinct that never goes away. As children get older, it becomes increasingly harder to protect them. This is why it’s important to take every step possible to protect them while they’re young. One of the easiest ways to protect your child is breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding should begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as much the baby wants. Baby demand feeds every 2 to 3 hours during the first weeks and the duration of feeding should be 10-15 minutes on each breast. Feed the baby within the first hour of birth because breast milk has colostrum which has maximum antibiotics to protect the child from different diseases and build the immune system. Here are some tips for ideal breastfeeding.
1) Use a nursing bra
After pregnancy milk comes in your breast; so, increase the cup size of your brassiere. While packing for the hospital stay after delivery, pack well-fitting nursing bras in your bag. Prepare yourself to breastfeed 8-12 times in every 24 hours period. One mantra to remember is starting breastfeeding as early as you can after the baby birth.
2) Make your baby comfortable while feeding
Don’t get stressed up if baby does not feed, just try to make the baby to latch on your nipples. Before he cries, try to feed the baby, because crying make the baby’s head to settle down and swallow air which causes stomachache. Babies have different personalities; e.g. some like long feeds while some like snaking so use pillows for support.
3) Be careful about baby’s digestive system
Breast milk digests more quickly than formula feed. If your baby is fussy or gassy, don’t think the baby is allergic to your milk; breastfeeding should be done more frequently. There are many reasons like your baby’s digestive system is immature causing swallowing air during crying etc.
4) Choose good and calm environment for feeding
Until breastfeeding is not established, don’t try to introduce a bottle or other nipples including pacifiers. Make sure that your body can have enough milk and stay hydrated. The more you feed your baby, the more milk comes. It is demand and supply action. Use nipple shields when your nipples are painful. You can moisturize the nipples and try olive oil on healing the cracked nipples.
Follow these tips to make breastfeeding a joyful session for you and your baby.