Breastfeeding tips to help you feed your baby like a pro

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Here are a few tips that can help new mothers learn about breast feeding and effectively nurse their baby.

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Motherhood is a new experience cherished by every woman. Breastfeeding and nursing the child are an important part of bringing up the baby and it is one of the most satisfying part of motherhood.

Mother’s milk is very important for her newborn as it is an important source of antibodies and other nutrients like proteins and vitamins that protect her little one against diseases.

The milk which comes initially is called the colostrum and it is reach in nutrition as well substances which improve the child’s immunity.

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Though breastfeeding is a natural act, it needs a lot of patience to make this act of motherhood amazing. Many mothers may worry about how often to feed and how to feed their babies.  Here are a few tips that can help new mothers learn about breast feeding and effectively nurse their baby.

Prepare for it

Being healthy is the first step to prepare for breastfeeding. Preparation of breastfeeding starts during pregnancy by a check-up of the breasts to ensure that the nipples are well formed. The tips for breastfeeding should be understood by the mother as well as her partner so that he can help her with it. Breastfeeding can be started within the first hour of birth of the child. This helps in contraction of the uterus and also stimulates production of milk.

Feed on demand

It is important to know that a newborn baby needs to be nursed frequently and on demand. Thus, breastfeeding cannot be scheduled. When a mother feeds her baby on demand, it helps her produce more milk thereby avoiding insufficiency.

The baby may need to be fed at least 8 to 12 times a day or even more. The frequency of breastfeeding may change over time as the baby grows. Let your baby nurse until he or she is satisfied.

Also, try to have your baby nurse from both breasts alternately. Help can be taken from a nurse or a lactation consultant to understand how baby latches on to nipples.

Nurse frequently

Most mothers are often worried whether their milk is produced sufficiently. Many a times, mothers feel that they are not producing sufficient milk even if they are. This happens when they lose the feeling of breast fullness or if milk stops leaking out of nipples.

The best way to know if your baby is getting enough milk is to have a regular weight check for the baby. Your baby may breastfeed at least 8 times in a day and may wet the diapers at least 7 to 8 times. In order to improve the milk production, mothers should try for the best latch on possible.

While breastfeeding, mothers should switch sides in order to help increase the milk flow. Switch back and forth between the two breasts while nursing your baby. Mothers can make use of pump suctions to improve the quantity of milk produced. This can be done between every nursing session.

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Avoid pacifiers and artificial nipples

Mothers are recommended to avoid using artificial nipples, pacifiers, and bottles at least for the first four weeks, to avoid decreased milk supply from the breast. This may indirectly affect the milk production stimulation. This is because the mother’s milk production is stimulated when her baby suckles while nursing.

While breast feeding, mothers should take enough rest and eat healthy. Do not count on calories. It is a known fact that breastfeeding mothers need at least 500 calories compared to mothers who are not breastfeeding. Do not try to lose weight by dieting. A drop in calories is said to decrease milk production.

As a new mother, you may produce a lot of milk. Many mothers leak or spray milk from their breasts. This usually happens when their breasts are full especially in the morning when the milk supply is at its peak and also during feedings.9

In order to get away with this engorgement, feed your baby frequently when it needs. This will help your body to adjust and produce only the amount needed by your baby. If the milk overflow cannot be controlled, mothers can plan for it accordingly.

While feeding your baby, if one breast always leaks while your baby is nursing on the other, you can use a cloth or breast pad inside your bra. Do not forget to carry extra clothing while you are going out.

It is important for mothers to know that nursing pads with a plastic liner should be avoided. Make sure you change your breast pads as soon as they get damp to help prevent bacterial infection of the nipples.

Very often, mothers damage their nipples while using suction pumps. It is recommended to avoid high pressure while drawing out milk. At times your baby may refuse to breast feed. This is commonly termed as ‘nursing strike’.

This can be a result of mouth pain due to teething, some kind of infection, and change in the taste of the milk or your reaction to your baby’s bite. To avoid nursing strike, breast feed while your baby is very sleepy, change your nursing position, move while you are nursing, nurse in places that are free from any kind of distraction and give a lot of skin-to-skin contact.

Overall, while you are breastfeeding your child, check for your baby’s latch, try using different positions for feeding that may be comfortable for both you and the baby.

Note: Mothers should consult with their doctor, nurse or healthcare professional for guidance and any issues associated with breastfeeding.

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