5 Secrets of Breastfeeding for New Moms
Unlike any new product you ever buy, newborn babies don’t come with an instruction manual. Taking care of your little one is going to involve many highs, lows, trials, and errors. Breastfeeding is one of the most daunting tasks for a new mother. You don’t know what to expect.
On one hand, it could be one of the most joyful experiences you’ve ever had as you nourish your infant. On the other hand, it may pose challenges that make it difficult and frustrating to feed your baby.
Try the following secrets to make breastfeeding as easy as possible for you and your bundle of joy.
Spend as Much Time as Possible with Your Newborn from the Beginning
Make a request to keep your baby in your hospital room immediately after birth. Hold your little one as much as possible. You’ll feel a special bond with your baby as hormone levels related to motherhood increase.
Bring a bassinet or crib to your bedroom at home to continue to build a close relationship with your little one. Spending time together will promote a positive experience when you are nursing.
Comfort Comes First
You need to feel comfortable and at ease when you are breastfeeding. You should not feel crunched for time or like you have to hide. If you are at home, invest in a breastfeeding pillow to help you support your infant during feeding times.
Consider a bra that is intended for nursing. It will have flaps that make it simple to give your baby access to your nipples. Button-down shirts are more convenient when you need to feed your baby.
If you need to pump at work, request a designated space where you can have complete privacy and flexibility in your schedule to complete a task that is necessary for the well-being of you and your baby.
Remember Breastfeeding is a Learning Process
Don’t be discouraged if nursing feels awkward at first. You’ll need to experiment in order to find which position is best when you are holding your baby to your breasts.
You also need to help your newborn to latch on successfully. If you feel like your little one isn’t getting the most out of feedings, ask nurses, doctors, and other mothers for advice.
If your breasts become painful after you have started breastfeeding, pamper yourself. Give your breast a massage before nursing begins.
You can also take advantage of heat to prepare for breastfeeding. Try applying a heating pad to your breasts or a warm compress. A relaxing shower in warm water may also be beneficial.
Don’t be Embarrassed
Breastfeeding should feel as natural as breathing. It’s considered the healthiest form of nourishment for your baby. When you relax and avoid feelings of unease, the process will be much easier for you and your newborn.
Be open about nursing with friends and family, like Carol on the popular show “Friends” playing on DIRECTV STREAM. In season 2, episode 2, “The One with the Breast Milk,” the mother of Ross’ son begins feeding the baby while surrounded by their circle of friends. She doesn’t act uncomfortable in any way, instead inviting others to ask any questions.
Invest in a Good Breast Pump
If you plan on going to work while nursing or want to have breast milk on hand for other caregivers, a breast pump is a must. Research electronic pumps that are reliable and known for comfort.
Order more than one flange, the cover that will attach to your nipple while you pump. It should not cause leaks or be painful.
If you feel strongly about nursing your infant, be committed. Don’t give up at the first sign of struggle. The saying, “Try, try again,” is fitting for breastfeeding.
Expect breast milk to be your baby’s only type of nourishment that is necessary to thrive for at least the first six months. You may choose to continue breastfeeding for a much longer period. It all depends on what feels right for you.
Your baby will get everything he or she needs from the milk your body naturally provides. You’ll have the added satisfaction of knowing you are helping your little one to have a strong immune system.
Comment from Peter; Of course, if you find yourself struggling to breastfeed or you can’t, for whatever reason, then don’t worry too much about it. After all, “Fed is best”