Top Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms

Breastfeeding is a magical phase in every new mom’s life and a different experience for every mother and baby. Many moms want to breastfeed as part of the nurturing process, that comes after pregnancy and birth. Breastfeeding offers many benefits to your baby, as breast milk contains the vital nutrients, required by your baby.

The below listed breastfeeding tips for new moms, will help you prepare for addressing common issues, and understanding signals from your baby.

Breastfeeding Tips For New Moms

Tips Before The Baby Arrives


1.It is advisable to attend a series of breastfeeding support classes, before your baby is born.

2.It would be better to avoid, listening to breastfeeding horror stories from others.

3. Build a relationship with a lactation consultant. You may feel comfortable asking for her advice, if you need it.

4.Create a supportive group of breastfeeding advisers. They could be your friends, any parent from the family, who enjoyed breastfeeding, and anyone else who will cheer you on.

5.Go for a natural childbirth, if possible. Research study shows, that it makes the breastfeeding experience much easier.

6.Donate any formula samples you receive. Women who receive free formula from hospitals, have less success with breastfeeding, according to study.

7.Let the staff know right away, that, you would appreciate a visit from the lactation consultant of the hospital after baby’s birth.

8.It is advisable not to strengthen your nipples before baby’s birth. Apart from harming delicate tissues, it does not help your body, get ready for nursing.

9.Prepare a birth plan in advance, stating that the baby should not receive any artificial nipples such as pacifiers, bottles in the nursery.

10.Read a couple of breastfeeding books, during your pregnancy, and have them in your shelves.

11.Interact with your pediatrician about breastfeeding, to determine whether he/she are truly supportive. Some of the pediatricians possess more knowledge about the normal growth patterns, behavior and benefits of breastfeeding in breastfed infants than others.

12.Before, during and after nursing, your bra size may change a few times. Do not purchase too many bras at one time and choose bra styles that are stretchy enough to accommodate these changes in breast shape and size.

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Tips When The Baby Arrives

1.For the first few weeks of nursing, remember to nurse the baby “early and often”. Start nursing your baby, as early as you can after birth. They may fall into a deep sleep for a few hours later.

2.If the baby does not nurse right way, it is okay, if he/she just licks at the nipple. Try latch on the baby, but do not get stressed about it.

3.One of the essential breastfeeding tips for new moms. When you latch him or her on, make sure your baby is on tummy - tummy with you.

4.Try to nurse before baby cries. Crying causes the baby to gulp lots of air, which can cause stomach aches later. This can even make it hard to settle baby down for a good feeding.

5.He/she tries to suck on hands or opens mouth wide when her cheeks are touched. This shows that the baby may be hungry.

6.For latching  on, the baby should open his mouth very wide. Try showing them, by opening your own mouth wide, if he is hesitant to open wide. Generally, newborns can imitate your facial expressions.

7.You can use support pillows, to get baby to breast height. Do not lean down over him, else your neck and back may ache. “Bring the baby to breast, not the breast to baby.”

8.Nursing whenever your baby requests, can let you have an ample milk supply for your baby’s needs, and for newborns, at least 8-10 feeds of breast milk, in 24 hour periods is normal.

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9.To determine the milk supply, check at the baby’s output. Wet and soiled diapers means, the baby is getting enough milk. Keep a count of baby’s diapers, if you are unsure, and let your pediatrician know.

10.Scheduled timings are usually for formula fed infants, not breastfed. Some women can sustain an adequate milk supply, if they nurse every four hours, or on some other predetermined schedule.

11.Generally, few disposable diapers, often do not feel wet, when the baby has urinated in. Try putting a couple of ounces of water, in a disposable one, and feel it in your hand, to get an idea of its weight.

12.Breast milk digests more completely and more quickly than formula. Therefore, breastfed infants need to be more frequently nursed than formula fed babies.

13. Other than hunger, babies nurse for some other reasons, like thirst, loneliness, boredom, or maybe because, they enjoy sucking as a comfort.

14. In the few early weeks of nursing, especially if it’s your first baby, it is common for some soreness on your nipples to occur. However, the nipple pain is not normal and is usually a sign of some problem that can be solved. An improper nursing latch, is the most common source of nursing pain.

15.The pain can be resolved instantly by the adjusting baby’s position or latch. Consult a lactation consultant, if nursing is painful.

16.Try burping the baby in between switching sides, or after your milk lets down, if the baby seems fussy at the breast. Few babies have difficulty in handling, faster milk flow and as a result, swallow air, making them uncomfortable. Thorough burping often solves this problem.

17. Another way to help a baby that gulps, coughs, or sputters, while your milk rushes down, is to remove the baby from latching for just a moment and let your milk flow on a cloth diaper or a nursing pad for a second, then carry on with the breastfeeding process again. You can also try nursing baby lying down on your side, or lie on your back with the baby on top of you.

18.Rest as much as possible, in the first two weeks of postpartum. Relax and focus on getting to know about nursing well and your baby.

19.If your baby is fussy or gassy, do not come to the conclusion that the baby is allergic to something you have eaten. There are many reasons for young babies fuss. Some of them are: swallowing air during feedings or when crying, immature digestive systems, causing discomfort, overheating/overdressing the baby, illness, boredom and many others, according to study.

20.Use cotton nursing pads or disposable pads that do not have a plastic backing. Nursing pads need to be breathable and make sure they do not trap too much heat, as they can cause problems.

21.Some young babies may be sensitive to perfumes or that is in your laundry products. Try eliminating the source of these fragrances for a while to see if the problem improves.

By Supraja

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