09 Jan Breastfeeding Tips and Tricks
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world. However, it can be a lot of hassle at times before it feels natural. Mostly, it takes a bit of practice before you can feel totally at ease.
In this article, we aim to introduce a number of different tips that you can use to ease the experience of breastfeeding your newborn.
1. Avoid scrubbing your nipples
There are a number of rumors that you will find over the internet that have been propagated as helpful tips and tricks. One of these is ‘scrubbing the nipples’, which can actually be harmful.
According to this rumor, amateurs claim that scrubbing the nipples can make them tough. However, this is not true and is totally unnecessary.
2. Stay patient until the supply comes
The human body starts producing colostrum which is a pre-milk nutrient-rich solution that which your baby requires in the first three to four days after the birth. So know that the proper milk supply may not arrive until after 5 days of delivery. This is totally okay, though. In case you have any concerns, consider talking to your doctor or a lactation expert.
3. Do not be afraid of asking for help
Do not shy away from asking for advice, as breastfeeding is a very natural thing that we mothers will have to go through.
Personally, I have gone through three kids with lip and tongue-tie issues so you can imagine the amount of breastfeeding help I needed. You can seek help from fellow mommies, lactation consultants, doctors, nursing nannies, Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturists (for boosting milk supply) and Acupressurists!
I had tried all of them and to be honest, I will say, try not to stress yourself out with the amount of supply or oversupply, seek help when needed and talk to fellow mommies. Do what you can, and tell yourself you had done your very best for your baby.
4. A lot of nursing is required by newborns
Newborns need a lot of nutrients in order to allow their bodies to grow. Moreover, newborns tend to mature at an increasing rate. As a result of this, they are constantly in need of nursing. After all, their stomachs are no bigger than a large egg.
Atop that, the breasts on the human body work on the principle of supply and demand. Nursing more frequently means that the body will produce more milk. So frequent nursing can teach your body to adapt to the constant production of milk.
5. Do not worry a lot about the supply
One of the biggest concerns that moms have regarding breastfeeding is the amount of supply. It is quite easy to think that the milk supply is not enough, especially when your baby seems to be getting hungry very often.
In case your baby wets the diaper at least 4-5 times a day, everything is good and you do not have to worry about the supply. Do consider talking about it to your doctor in case you are worried.
6. Tend to tender nipples
For most of the women, nipples are a sensitive area. Often at times, the nipples feel very raw. In the beginning, the nipples can also hurt a little because of a bad latch. However, it takes a while getting used to.
Similarly, excessive dryness can be prevented by rubbing some purified lanolin on the nipples after every breastfeeding session.
Some mommies also opt for nipple shields. Personally, we think Pigeon’s and Medela’s nipple shields are more user-friendly and more babies are able to adapt to them quicker. Once your nipples heal, you might want to go back to without the shields.
If you wish to purchase Pigeon’s nipple shield, you can get it from Amazon here
For medela’s, you can get it here
7. Drink a lot of fluids
Your body needs a lot of water in order to produce a good supply of milk effectively, for your child. So consider drinking enough water. Take small sips of water throughout the day in order to ensure that your body is always hydrated.
Also, let your partner know that he may have to get up several times in the night to fetch you some fresh drinking water.
8. Stay Upbeat and happy
Do not despair if you feel like your supply is not enough. Your baby will appreciate your efforts. Stay cheerful and happy as motherhood is a very beautiful period in our life! Seek help and talk it out with like-minded friends and mothers, who might ease your worries and help steer you to positivity.
Here is a simple video which we think is helpful for new mothers in the breastfeeding journey:
That said, we will like to end this article with a salute to this cool mom who walked the runway in Florida, USA, breastfeeding her baby. Happy breastfeeding!
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