Becoming a new mom and naturally understanding the needs of your baby is quite common. You were never a mother and then all of a sudden, with god’s grace, you were blessed with your beautiful baby and suddenly you started taking care of your feather-soft baby so perfectly. Was that quality inherited? Did you take training for that? Did someone teach you? No, No, and No! This subtle art came into you automatically on the day when you held your blood in your hand. This came to you naturally. Generally, we have no one who can give breastfeeding tips for new mothers. We were actually blessed with these qualities.
In the same way, breastfeeding your newborn is something you might have known before. We know that you are quite excellent at it but there still might be a few things which we as a caretaker of your healthy parenting can teach you. Perfection comes with practice and the more you practice, the more you will lead towards perfection. For the first time, you will face some difficulties but as the days will pass, you will get through that and lit with excellence and one day you will be giving tips to others like us!
Sometimes, breastfeeding for new mothers can be tricky. A lot of trial and errors along with mix and match of tips are given by others. But have you ever thought that following a few tips can help you pass through this phase very smoothly?
So here we have compiled a few tips, which we have researched from some old mommies and their experiences. These tips are worth giving a try as they have precisely worked for so many new mums. So without any further adieu, let’s get into learning this subtle art of breastfeeding for new moms.
World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively up to 6 months with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age or older.
TOP 10 EASY BREASTFEEDING TIPS FOR NEW MOTHERS
1. Try Different Position
Trying different positions may first sound funny to you but it works for many new moms to breastfeed their babies. There are certain positions for latching and all of them require you to keep your baby in a certain manner on yourself. You can choose the best one among them or maybe all of them, according to the situation. There are 5 best positions for breastfeeding your baby. Let’s know them:
- Cradle Position: This is the most common position for every mother. In this, you need to place the head of your baby on your folded elbow and face him towards your breast. The body of your baby should be kept on your lap.
- Cross-Cradle Position: This is also a very famous position among old moms. This is similar to the cradle hold, except here you will be holding your baby with the arm opposite to the breast he is nursing on. You need to support your baby’s head with your hand and have his bottom in the bend of your elbow. Your other arm can support your breast from underneath.
- Football Hold: As the name suggests, in this position you need to tuck your baby under your arms as if you are holding a football. You have to support the back of your baby on your arms. Follow the position as in the image attached above. This position can work perfectly if you had a cesarean section or have large breasts. Breastfeeding twins at the same time also work well in this position.
- Laid Back Position: Ohhh the most relaxing one. You need to simply lay back on your bed, place the baby on the top of you and insert your nipple inside his mouth. Sweet and simple! This works great for women who are so tired.
- Side-Lying Position: While you are lying on your side, lay down your baby next to you, and facing your breast. Lift the breast, so that your nipple can be placed easily in the mouth of your baby. This is very famous among old mothers as they use this position during night time.
2. Patience Is The Key
As mentioned earlier, breastfeeding a baby is not an easy task. You need to be very patient with your baby while breastfeeding. Sometimes you may get irritated with the positions and sometimes your baby might not be hungry even when your breast is leaking. The moments can be very irritating but have patience.
3. Ask For Help
Breastfeeding can be a tough task and reading blogs sometimes may not help. For better assistance, you may have to reach out to experienced ladies for face to face help. List down a few moms who can help you in such times. She can be anyone, your mom, your in-laws, your friend, or even a counselor. Reach out to them…Don’t be shy, It’s ok!
You can reach out to our community of moms as well, where you can get all the help you want. 🙂
4. Gift Yourself a Breastfeeding Pillow
Holding your baby for long hours may sometimes be a daunting task. Get yourself a breastfeeding pillow in which you can place your baby and breastfeed him. You can use that at night and anytime when you feel like.
5. Use These Tips To Ease The Engorgement Pain
Engorgement happens when your breasts are swollen and overfilled with milk, causing discomfort and even pain. It can happen if your baby doesn’t nurse often or enough.
First of all, make sure that you are feeding your baby with both of your breasts. You can soak a towel in warm water and place it over your chest before you breastfeed. You can also try cool compresses if the warm water does not help. Also, massage your breast often to ease the pain.
In case of extreme discomfort, contact a specialist.
6. Take Care Of Your Nipples
Your nipple may sometimes be sore and tender. Eventually, this reduces as time passes. But during this time you need to take care of your nipple as it acts as a spoon for your baby. Any infection or germs may hamper the health of your baby.
- If you live in humid temperature, make sure you stay under sunlight for some time. It can help you with nipple dryness and irritation.
- Use bra pads, if your breast tends to leak from time to time. Do not use plastic as it causes irritation and blocks the air.
- When bathing, wash your breasts with water only. Washing them with soap or cleanser may cause dryness and cracks.
7. Don’t Pump
Yes, we would suggest you to not pump your breast milk in a bottle initially. Try to make a connection with your baby through breastfeeding. Pumping too early may lead to supply issues, nipple confusion, or bottle preferences.
8. Eat Healthy Food
You supply what you need. The healthier you eat, the healthier your baby will be. The milk produced by your breast is through the food you consume. You must eat healthy food like vegetables, fruits, and unrefined food. Eating junks may irritate your baby’s stomach. So eat healthily and stay healthy.
Read here about 12 Lactogenic Foods to boost your Breastmilk supply.
9. Drink Plenty Of Water
You sometimes might have to feed 15-18 times a day. For that, enough production of your milk is important. Try to drink more than what your body demands. You can try different flavored water like lemon water or ginger water. You can also drink milk or fresh fruit juices. Just make sure that you have to consume more liquid than before.
10. Prepare Yourself For Breastfeeding In Public
Breastfeeding in public is now a very common thing. We often notice women feeding their baby in public and they should be proud of that confidence. You should also be prepared for breastfeeding in public but moreover, it is a very personal choice. Cradle position is the best position to breastfeed in public.
We truly hope that this well-curated list of breastfeeding tips for new mothers was helpful for you! We would love to hear your breastfeeding tips and experience in the comments section. Do not forget to share this work of art with your new moms’ friend circle.
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