Breastfeeding tips for the new mom
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing mothers experience after giving birth. Or so they say.
In fact, even though it’s a natural process, a surprising number of new mothers say they really had a hard time putting their baby to the breast, and when they did, they spend countless hours wondering if the milk was enough.
From the start, until a routine is established, this “natural” process can be daunting for new mothers. Because what the books don’t tell you is that while it’s the easiest way to provide the best tailored nutrition for your child, breastfeeding isn’t something that’s done. automatically.
You need to guide your newborn to latch and suckle and prepare your posture and body to be your baby’s main source of nutrition.
Recently, actress Neha Dhupia, who recently had her second child, started an initiative called “Freedom To Feed”, a space where new mothers can post questions and share their experiences to help other new mothers who navigate their way through the breastfeeding journey they embark on with their infants.
When you are pregnant and towards the end of your pregnancy, you go into “nesting” mode as you work on preparing the baby’s room or rearranging your home to make space and decor adjustments for your new family member. . In the midst of this, you may consider meeting with a lactation consultant or nursing expert before you give birth. This is because once the baby is born, you will experience a surge of hormones, postpartum, so your mind will be overwhelmed and your body achy.
In this state, everything will seem difficult, while talking to a lactation consultant or a latch expert beforehand will allow you to absorb what they say clearly and it will be useful if you are having problems latching a once the baby is born. .
Here are some breastfeeding tips to help new moms:
When breastfeeding, position yourself so that the baby’s nose is touching your nipple and their belly is also in line with yours. This means that the baby does not have to turn his head to latch on. Make sure the nipple is pointing towards the baby’s nose and not his mouth, so he has to raise his head to latch on.
Set up the breastfeeding area beforehand. It could be in the baby’s room or in your own bedroom. But create a cozy space with a comfy chair, feeding pad, handy side table where you can store not only baby necessities like bibs and wipes, but also water, snacks, your phone or a book. Make sure it’s all within easy reach so you don’t have to break the baby latch to get anything.
Many older people will say that it is important for the baby to drink from both breasts during the same feeding session. But this is not true. Don’t count the minutes of a stream. When you first start breastfeeding babies sometimes take several minutes to empty a breast and sometimes they are full with it. In this case, wait and offer the other breast next time.
When your baby is a newborn, the breastfeeding process can take a long time, but hang in there, because once latch and milk supply are established, your baby will soon be a pro and sitting breastfeeding can end as soon as 15 minutes. .
If you want to introduce bottle feeding – either with your expressed milk or formula, the ideal time frame is between 4 and 6 weeks. Many people find that after 8 weeks, if the baby has gotten used to direct breastfeeding, he may refuse to drink from the bottle.
This is especially important for mothers who are going back to work. You may want to pump and feed and if so, try to introduce the bottle slowly, maybe one feed a day, so the baby can adjust to the “different” nipple.