Breastfeeding is the best gift for the new-born but at the same time it requires a lot of effort from the mother and the family to make it successful. With good advice and little help, it can be done with ease.
Here are few tips-
Start early preferably within 1 hour of delivery. In case of Caesarean section also, you can start within 2-3 hours of surgery with help.
Decide in the later half of pregnancy itself about your preferences and discuss the breastfeeding policies of the hospital.
Colostrum is very good for baby and gut immunity. It should not be discarded and fed to the baby.
During first few weeks of birth baby needs to be fed every 2-3 hours but later on-demand feed is good enough. Learn to look for hunger cues like restlessness, swallowing motion, rooting reflex, etc.
Baby should sleep in the same room as the mother to encourage feeding, bonding and to prevent SIDS.
Do not offer pacifier or bottle feed to baby too early.
Comfortable position is very important for successful breastfeeding. Learn the various positions that you can feed in at the hospital or from the lactational consultant
Burp the baby after every feed
Eat healthy diet like nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, egg, pulses and other protein rich food.
Take plenty of fluids like water, juice, milk, buttermilk, coconut water so that you are hydrated properly. Cut down your caffeine intake
Rest as much as possible because during rest body produces lots of milk. Take your supplements as well
Do not take any medication without prescription and avoid OTC medication
Take good care of your breast. Maintain hygiene of nipple and keep it lubricated. Wear the correct size and clean cotton undergarment.
Latching is the single factor which can making it a success in the long run and make feeding a pleasurable and fruitful experience for both the mother and baby.
If the baby passes urine 5-6 times in a day of normal colour and baby is gaining weight then breastfeeding is successful and sufficient.
Do not be discouraged in the beginning itself if any problem arises. Just remember, it has many benefits for both the mother and baby. A few hiccups in the start of the journey should not deprive you of the benefits that this elixir has to offer.