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7 Helpful Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

 

By Martha Sanders

 

The arrival of a baby is one of the most exciting moments in a woman's life. And, when new mothers choose to breastfeed their babies, it can sometimes make motherhood challenging. Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding is not as difficult as it looks or sound. In fact, breastfeeding is quite easy and also a great way to nourish your newborn. Once you get the right technique and positioning, and lots of practice, your breastfeeding experience will be a pleasurable one.

 

Advice for Breastfeeding Your Baby

1. You should start breastfeeding as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours after giving birth. Interestingly, breastfeeding is a great way to initiate milk production and relieve breast engorgement and pain.

 

2. Using the correct latch will prevent sore nipples, cracks and breast infections. If your nipples are sore, dry and/or cracked, the positioning and latch of your baby may need correcting.

 

3. While your baby is drinking breast milk, you should listen for a pattern of "suck, suck, suck, swallow." The pattern should have no "clicking" noises.

The "clicking" sound can indicate that your baby is not properly latched on and may not be receiving enough milk from you. If you hear this, you need to unlatch him and then reattach.

If "clicking" sound continues even after reattaching your baby several times, then you may want to consult a breastfeeding counselor or your pediatrician for further advice.

 

4. Try to breastfeed frequently as this helps you maintain your milk supply. Also, drink plenty of water since breastfeeding is extremely dehydrating. Have a glass of water each time you sit down to nurse.

 

5. Apply lanolin cream, olive oil or good quality nipple butter on your nipples after each feeding to keep them supple and reduce soreness and dryness.

Also, avoid bras and tight-fitting clothing in the first few weeks after birth to allow sore nipples to heal.

 

6. Do not try to breastfeed your baby if he is crying. Do some soothing and rocking before you nurse. You may try offering your finger to suck on until your baby calms down.

 

7. Breastfeeding problems, such as milk production difficulties, are not as common when they do occur. Some factors that can affect your breast milk supply include your age, diet, sleep, state of mind and so on.

 

 

If you are still facing difficulties, consult your doctor, health care nurse or a breastfeeding counselor for more information and advice on breastfeeding.

 

 

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