While breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world, you may not find it as easy as other mothers told you it was. Ever mum and every baby are different and will require unique patterns and feeding routines, but you can learn a few universal tips that every mum can benefit from. Whether it’s how to pick out the right bra or how to teach your infant to latch onto your breast and start sucking, a few of the most natural things may not be as intuitive as you originally thought.
Breastfeeding after delivery
In the first few months of their lives, it’s vital for babies to feed on their mother’s milk. That’s why you should start breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery, making sure your baby is set up for future success. Having skin-to-skin contact is crucial for babies to feel connected with their mum because it’ll encourage them to start feeding within an hour after they’ve been born. This kind of bonding will also send signals to the brain and body, making sure breast milk is being produced soon after. Don’t worry if you don’t notice a large amount of milk at first because your body will need some time until it learns how much milk your newborn needs.
Picking out the right bra
To make sure you can quickly set your breasts free when your bundle of joy needs to have a meal, you’ll need a supportive and convenient maternity bra. Make sure you measure your breasts a few times during pregnancy and right after giving birth because the size of your breasts will change during pregnancy. If you don’t know how to take measurements by yourself, feel free to have a professional at a shop do it. Once you outgrow your regular bras, look for well-fitting plus size maternity bras which will feel more comfortable since they are seamless and wire-free. Bras with full drop cups will offer you both good support and the option of breastfeeding the little one discretely.
Make nursing painless
Contrary to popular belief, nursing does not have to hurt. All you need to do is teach the little one how to latch on to the nipple properly and you won’t be in any pain. If your baby’s cheeks and chin appear seamlessly attached to you and you are not able to see their lips, all the while you’re feeling comfortable, it means that the little one has latched on well. The bottom of the areola should be in baby’s mouth and the nipple turned towards the back of their mouth. Baby’s mouth should be wide open so that they can have both the nipple and the surrounding area in their mouth. Otherwise, if they only latch onto the nipple, breastfeeding will be painful and uncomfortable. Should your nipples become sore, let the breast milk drip for a few seconds after you’re done feeding the baby and rub it onto the sore area.
Have a breastfeeding nook
To make breastfeeding easy and comfortable, create a nursing nook. A special place with a rocking chair, a side table, a few burping cloths and a book will make your breastfeeding sessions much more indulging. Your baby will require plenty of nursing session, especially in the first few months, so you should do your best to make yourself comfortable in order to offer the little one the most delicious meal every time. Get a nursing pillow that wraps around your body and relieves stress while helping with the positioning as well.
Breastfeeding is the most wonderful feeling a woman can experience, but even though it may appear as the most natural thing in the world, breastfeeding can actually take time for the baby to learn in order to make it painless for the mother. All you need to remember is that practice makes perfect and that you shouldn’t worry about a thing.