Breast milk and breastfeeding have many nourishing and protective benefits for mothers and babies.
For infants, breast milk helps protect against infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For mothers, it lowers their risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
However, breastfeeding comes with challenges, especially for new mothers. Low supply, latch problems, infections, and even exhaustion can make the activity difficult.
To help mothers have a successful breastfeeding journey, here are some essential breastfeeding tips they can use. Continue reading to know more.
Essential Advice for First-Time Breastfeeding Mothers
Seek Knowledge and Support
The best way to learn is by attending breastfeeding class during your pregnancy. Learn about proper latch techniques, breastfeeding positions, and common challenges you are expected to face.
Additionally, seek support from lactation consultants, midwives, or experienced breastfeeding mothers. A great support system will boost your confidence and increase your chances of success.
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Start Early and Breastfeed Frequently
Start breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth!
The first hour postpartum is ideal for establishing skin-to-skin contact and encouraging the baby to latch. Breastfeed frequently, especially during the first few weeks, preferably 8-12 times in 24 hours, to ensure a steady milk supply.
Pro-Tip: Frequent feeding also helps prevent breast engorgement and reduces the risk of breastfeeding complications.
Use Breast Pumps to Help with Breast Milk Expression and Storage
Breast pumps are helpful tools that aid breastfeeding mothers in expressing and storing milk for future feedings.
They are also helpful in regulating breast milk supply by signalling the body to produce more milk and provide relief from engorgement.
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Use Infant Formula
Some mothers may not be able to breastfeed due to medical conditions and health concerns. To ensure your baby is getting enough milk, they can use formula milk instead.
Mothers who need to be away from the baby for extended periods can also use formula milk to supplement their breast milk supply.
Read our previous post on breastfeeding vs formula milk for specific pros and cons!
At six months, you may start introducing your baby solid foods in their diet.
Master the Art of Latching
The most important step for successful breastfeeding is achieving a proper latch.
Ensure your baby's mouth covers not just the nipple but also a significant part of the areola. A deep latch will minimise discomfort and allows for an easier milk flow.
Remember that most babies often pause after the first few sucks as they wait for more milk. This is the let-down reflex when your baby occasionally coughs and splutters.
If you experience pain or difficulty breastfeeding, seek help from a lactation consultant to address any latch issues promptly.
Pay Attention to Positioning
Experiment with different breastfeeding positions to find the one that works best for you and your baby.
The key here is ensuring you both are comfortable and your baby's head is well-supported during feeding sessions.
Proper positioning promotes effective milk transfer and minimises strain on your back and shoulders, especially considering the fluctuations in your baby's birth weight and growth spurts.
Read our previous post on breastfeeding positions to know which works for you!
Establish a Routine, but Stay Flexible
While breastfeeding on demand is generally recommended, establishing a loose routine can also be beneficial.
Recognise your baby's early hunger cues, such as rooting or sucking on their fingers, and feed them before they become overly hungry and fussy. Keep track of which breast your baby feeds first with an app or notebook.
However, remember that babies' feeding patterns can vary, so be flexible and responsive to their needs.
Take Care of Yourself
Maintaining your well-being is essential for successful breastfeeding.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and consuming a nutritious diet. Get enough rest and accept help from family and friends when needed.
Take time for self-care, such as gentle exercise or relaxation techniques, to reduce stress and enhance milk production.
Are you struggling with not having enough milk? Read our post on how to increase your expressed breast milk supply here.
Abstain from Taking Substances
Ensure your doctor's advice before taking any medications while breastfeeding. Some medications can pass into breast milk and affect your baby's growth.
We also strongly recommend avoiding substances like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine when breastfeeding to ensure your and your baby's safety and health.
Start Your Breastfeeding with Confidence and Knowledge!
Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to nourish your baby, providing them with essential nutrients, antibodies, and a strong emotional bond.
But remember, as every breastfeeding journey will be different, so don't hesitate to seek help when you need it - support from healthcare professionals and fellow moms will make your breastfeeding journey successful and rewarding.
Want more tips like these? Explore our articles on breastfeeding and motherhood! Happy breastfeeding!
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