Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

August 22, 2014

For many women breastfeeding does not come as naturally as they might expect. Following your child’s eating habits can be quite stressful with worries your baby is not latching on properly or getting enough milk to thrive. Here are some tips to aid you in achieving success at breast:

•Become accustomed to reading your baby’s signs that they are hungry such as snuggling and rooting against your chest, putting their hands to their mouths or licking at their lips. Knowing your baby’s feeding signs will help you avoid an upset, hungry baby.

• Find a comfortable position for both you and your baby whether it is sitting up or standing. You can also use a support tool such as a breastfeeding pillow to help keep your arms resting and your baby comfortable. Try to remain relaxed while breastfeeding, and gently bring your baby to the chest, guiding them so they can latch on without stress or frustration.

• Feeding tummy to mummy free of clothing is the best way to bond with your baby. The best position is to have the baby’s nose to your nipple, chin to your breast and keep their bottom tucked in to your body. Be sure you support their neck and avoid pushing the back of your baby’s head.

• Express a few drops from your nipple to help guide your baby to the proper place to feed. Your baby should form a seal with your nipple with their lips over the over the areola. You will know your baby is latched on when you feel a release of your milk and they continue to suck and swallow. Baby will go off the breast or stop sucking once full. Remember to alternate breasts. If it is necessary to remove your baby from your nipple place a finger gently in the corner of their mouth to break the suction.

• Once baby is finished be sure to burp them.

If you are unable to breastfeed or are having any difficulties speak to a lactation consultant in your area. You can also contact your local midwives association, doctor or even a public nurse to find the assistance you need to continue breastfeeding successfully. Children eating habits will vary throughout their lives and breastfeeding can be one of the most fulfilling aspects of nurturing and bonding with your child.

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