We are all aware of the benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby, and is easier to digest than is commercial formula. The antibodies in breast milk boost your baby’s immune system. It also helps mothers to lose weight postpartum. Inadequate production of milk is the most common problem faced by mothers in the post delivery period. Due to this they are also troubled with the fear that their baby will not be able to sleep properly due to hunger.
Some Important Tips for Breastfeeding Moms :
- Be careful about the right positioning of the baby and make sure he or she is latching on correctly.
- Start by getting comfortable and give support with pillows if needed. Then cradle your baby close to your breast. Support the baby’s head with one hand and support your breast with the other hand. Look and listen for a rhythmic sucking and swallowing pattern.
- If you need to remove the baby from your breast, first release the suction by inserting your finger into the corner of your baby’s mouth.
Let Your Baby Decide the Time of Feed:
For the first few weeks, most newborns breastfeed every two to three hours round-the-clock. Watch for early signs of hunger, such as stirring, restlessness, sucking motions and lip movements. Let your baby nurse from the first breast thoroughly, until your breast feels soft — typically about 15 to 20 minutes, and then burp your baby. Then you can offer the second breast.
Don’t Use a Pacifier:
Giving your baby a pacifier too soon might interfere with breast-feeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to introduce a pacifier until breast-feeding is well-established, usually three to four weeks after birth.
Is Your Baby Feeding Well?
When your baby is latched on successfully, you’ll feel a gentle pulling sensation on your breast — rather than a pinching or biting sensation on your nipple. Your breasts might feel firm or full before the feeding, and softer and emptier later. Look for your baby to gain weight steadily, produce at least six wet diapers a day and be content between feedings. Stools of your baby will be yellow and loose.
After each feeding, it’s ok to let the milk dry naturally on your nipple. The milk can soothe your nipples. You can use bra pads if nipples leak between feedings. When you bathe, use minimum amount of soap and shampoo that might contact your nipples. You can apply purified lanolin after each feeding if nipples are dry and cracked. This can soothe the nipples, as well as help them retain moisture.
Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
- Eat a healthy diet such as choosing plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Drink plenty of fluids. If you have an alcoholic drink, avoid breast-feeding for two hours afterward.
- Rest as much as possible.If you can, sleep when the baby sleeps.
- Don’t smoke as it exposes babies to nicotine
- Medication – only after consulting your Gynecologist
Relax and Be Happy:
Don’t be discouraged. Feeding a newborn every few hours is tiring. Keep in mind that the more often you breast-feed your baby, the more milk your breasts will produce as this is a natural process.