Breastfeeding is something that is not easy to practice until baby is born, so it is normal for mom and baby to take some time to warm up to it. To help mom get off to a good start, here some breastfeeding tips new moms should know:
Frequent feedings (10-12 per day) in the first days of baby’s life not only help baby gain weight, but help support moms milk supply.
Nurse at the first signs of hunger (stirring, rooting, hands in mouth) and allow baby unlimited time at the breast if baby is sucking actively, then offer the second breast.
Take advantage of skin-to-skin (baby naked and not wrapped in a blanket) contact.
The closeness of baby to mom will keep baby calmer, which will in turn make latching and feeding easier. And a baby that latches on well will be able to get more milk keeping them full longer.
Getting A Good Latch
Breastfeeding can cause tenderness but it should not be extreme pain.
If mom is experiencing pain past the initial latch, seek professional support from a Lactation Consultant who can help correct latch and decrease pain for mom.
Feed Baby Well
Babies spend a lot of time sleeping and may have a tendency to doze off at the breast rather than nurse. If baby is snoozing too much, keep baby awake by gently playing with his arms and legs during feedings.
Some moms even have to undress their babies so they wake up.
If you will be returning to work once baby arrives, talk to your employer about pumping at work before you go on maternity leave.
This will help ensure you have a space and time to pump so you continue to provide the best nutrition for baby.
Don’t Get Discouraged!
There is no recipe for how a baby and mom should explore the first few days of breastfeeding. It’s important mom practice what she has learned and listen to her baby.
Breastfeeding is one of the most valuable things a mother can do for her baby and her health.
We hope these breastfeeding tips have helped and you get the support you need to make breastfeeding easier for both you and your baby. If you have any more questions about breastfeeding, we would love to help.