While breastfeeding is a natural thing, it doesn’t come naturally for a new mother. You need to learn several things about breastfeeding if you want to make it work from the start.
1. Breast milk is very healthy for your baby. Not every new mother will feel the call to nurse her newborn baby and we don’t want to pressure everyone to try it. However, before making your mind, it is good to be aware, at least, of the multiple benefits of breastfeeding.
2. You may also get healthier thanks to breastfeeding your baby. Studies have shown that over time, nursing offers protection against ovarian and breast cancers.
3. A nursery glider or platform rocker is a popular item that can help mothers in feeding their newborn babies. This type of rocking chair moves as a swing seat. They are safer for toddlers because pinch points are moved away from the floor.
4. Nursing also helps to bond with your little one through the physical contact. It forces the mother to focus on nurturing and sit still. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can release oxytocin, prolactin and other “mothering hormones”.
5. The antibodies contained in breast milk cannot be engineered. Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed get fewer colds, ear and sinus infections. They also have a decreased chance of having allergies, as well as less constipation and diarrhea issues.
6. In order to get started, you need lots of support, effort, and patience. While it’s true that women have been breastfeeding since forever, this is not always just happens on its own. You need to first become familiar with this if you have never breastfed before.
7. Theoretically, you only need breasts in order to breastfeed. However, some items may help the process. For instance, breast milk storage bags help to keep your booby juice for a later meal. Using breast milk storage bags is the newest way to store your breast milk.
8. Breastfeeding can save you a lot of money. In case that you rarely use formula and mostly nurse, in your baby’s first year you may save up to $350.
9. If you decide to try breastfeeding, your baby will thrive on the cuddly closeness and your milk. Have trust in your body, breastfeeding is, after all, a totally natural process.
10. It is recommended to keep track of your baby feeding schedule. As soon as you can, try breastfeeding in the hospital, preferably under the supervision of a lactation consultant or nurse.
11. You need to be aware of the fact that your baby will get your nipple and their lips in the right position, knowing instinctively how to suck. However, at first, this process may involve some trial and error. The baby may cry, the nipple may slip out of their mouth, or they may be just too sleepy to eat.
12. If the first breastfeeding session is not going as smooth as you hoped for, don’t get discouraged. Ask the help of the lactation consultant or nurse. They will know how to position the baby properly.
13. Do not be worried, even if are not able to get it right for a whole day. Your baby is born with extra energy and they won’t starve.
14. Among the ways of nursing the baby, it is worth to mention the cradle, the football, and the lying-down.
15. You should breastfeed your baby each time they cry or every two hours. Rub their cheek with your finger or your nipple, to make them turn toward the breast.
16. Your milk supply will start due to the stimulation of your baby sucking, even if they may not get much milk in the beginning.
17. Each nursing session may be as long as 45 minutes or as short as five minutes. You’re your baby gets used to breastfeeding, they will likely nurse on each breast for 20 to 40 minutes. It’s fine to switch them to the other side if keeping on one breast for a long time.
18. You need to know that the first meal of your baby from you is colostrum, not milk. This is a yellowish liquid that is rich in antibodies. The colostrum has the role in boosting the baby’s immune system. Your breasts will produce real milk after a few days.
19. At first, your breasts may feel like they are about to burst or as they are full of rocks. The best way to relieve these unpleasant sensations is to nurse often. Every time you nurse drink a large glass of water, take your prenatal vitamins and eat well.
20. You should call your pediatrician if your baby’s skin is yellowing, your baby is frequently lethargic and fussy, your baby’s stools are dark and hard, or if they stop feeding after less than 10 minutes.
21. You may shop for some breastfeeding pillows that can help you with the task of holding your baby. In fact, there is more than just one way to nurse a baby. However, the most comfortable way for both is always the best way.
22. Among the supplies that can help make nursing easier are the supportive nursing bras. It is recommended to choose styles without an underwire.
23. Another product designed for a nursing mother is the Lanolin ointment. Sore nipples can be soothed by using this ointment.
24. Nursing absorbent pads placed in your bra can catch leaks and help you have far less laundry to do.
25. A breast pump can help relieve engorgement of your breasts. There are many types of breast pumps, from electric to hand-held.
26. When bacteria multiply in a milk duct after entering the breast, an infection called mastitis can cause nursing pain. The infected area will become red and hot if you have mastitis. Warm compresses, safe antibiotics and nursing can help heal the infection.