Health professionals recommend that breastfeeding should begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often and as much the baby wants. Baby demand feed every 2 to 3 hours during the first few weeks. Also the duration of feeding should be 10-15 minutes on each breast. Mothers may pump milk so that it can be used later when breast feeding is not possible. Try to feed the baby within the first hour of birth. Breast milk has colostrums which has maximum antibiotics to protect the child from different diseases and build the immune system. Have a nurse or lactation consultant when you are still in hospital.
Opt for a well devised Nursing Bra:
Prepare for your milk to come in your breast increase the cups size of your brassiere. On the third or fourth day, don’t forget to park one well fitting nursing bra in the hospital bag. Plan to breast feed 8-12 times in every 24 hours period. One mantra to remember is present the baby to breast as early as you can after the birth.
Make the baby feel comfortable while feeding:
If baby does not feed, just try to latch the baby to nipples and don’t stress. Try to feed the baby before he cries , crying make the bay head to settle down and with crying baby swallows air which comes stomachache later. Use pillows for support, babies have different personalities some like long feeds, some like snaking. If you want to know how much baby has fed then see his or her diaper.
Pay attention to your baby’s digestive system:
Breast milk digests more quickly than formula feed. Breastfeed in fact need to feed more frequently. If your baby is fussy or gassy, don’t think that baby is allergic to your milk or something you have eaten. There are many reasons like their digestive system is immature causing swallowing sir during feeding or crying, fatigue etc.
Create a good and calm environment for breastfeeding:
Try not to introduce a bottle or other nipples including pacifiers until breast feeding is established. Stay hydrated to ensure your body can make enough milk. Take a glass of water when nursing. Always nurse in a calm environment. Breast feeding is supply and demand activity. The more you feed the baby the more milk comes. When your nipples are painful then use nipple shields. Moisturize the nipples with some lotion cream. You can try olive oil or your own breast milk. This is good for healing the cracked nipples.
Opt for a good diet for Breastfeeding:
Don’t over pump your breast. Before baby is born attend breast feeding classes. Have good diet, lots of veggies and healthy proteins. You need extra calories and fluids. Baby will get all the nutrients through your milk. If the breast of engorged then warm compression are helpful. Let warm water run over your breast. This will release the pressure. Then pump the milk.