“Bottles fill his stomach, but breastfeeding fills his soul”
Yes that’s true but breastfeeding is not an easy task for the mothers. There is lots of detailing which is need to be taken care of by new mothers to feed their piece of heart.
Here we bring to your some of the tips to make breastfeeding easier and hassle free.
- Feed the baby in the first hour of delivery
It’s very important to feed the baby right after they are born. Babies get very alert after they’re born, and ready for breastfeeding but if you wait for long to nurse and your little baby will likely be sleepy and not too interested to latch on. Experts say that suckling reflex is maximum powerful in first 60 minutes following birth.
Beside the fact that it will be easy to latch on after birth, it is also important for babies to get the fundamental nutrients found in colostrum – the thick yellow substance which gets secreted before mother milk comes.
- Try different breastfeeding positions
There is no perfect way to hold & feed your baby, and every couple of mother and baby will find their own preferred position for feeding. Most important is that both mother and child should feel comfortable in that particular position. Different breastfeeding positions and practicing them will be helpful because it requires new moms to be versatile, especially as your baby gets bigger.
- Nurse on demand
Seek common hunger signs like licking lips or rooting (turning head and opening mouth) and feed as per the baby’s timeline. During the early weeks of breastfeeding while you’re trying to manage your milk supply, it’s vital to feed on demand, as your body makes milk to meet your baby’s demand. Don’t let baby sleep through feedings
Some babies are born great sleepers! In the starting days before milk supply is established, try not to let baby sleep during the feeding time. During the first weeks of baby’s birth you will need to feed at least every 2-3 hours to encourage milk supply and prevent engorgement.
- Do not worry about milk supply
Most new moms are worried about the milk supply in earlier days. Try to look for signs that the baby is satisfied, rather than just guessing. For example: satisfied and well-fed babies will have 5 to 6 wet diapers a day and will seem content following a feeding. Additionally, you can also track your baby’s weight at their well visits, but note that most healthy babies lose about 10% of their birth weight during the first few days.
- Do not introduce a bottle or pacifier
While baby is trying to get adjusted to nursing, it’s best not to introduce a bottle or pacifier for initial first 3-4 weeks of your little one’s life.
- Keep your diet perfect
If you are not eating well or if you are not adequately hydrated it will impact your milk quality and production. Try to eat a balanced diet which is rich in nutrients to keep your energy level up. Foods which are rich in lactogenic elements are especially good for nursing mothers; particularly those concerned about low milk supply.