If you’re breastfeeding, that’s great! As a new mom, you’re doing a lot already and add breasting to the plate. Though it sounds easy enough, we know you have a lot of question running through your head.
There are many things to discuss, but it’s not easy to put everything in a short blog. You would have tried your best to gather all the tips and tricks from every article available. Once you’ve collected the tips and tricks, there would be a myriad of tips, so this might confuse you even more.
But there are some dos and don’ts that we can discuss.
Some of the essential things that you should follow during breastfeeding:
- Keep your baby close to you as it increases warmth and makes the baby feel comfortable in your arms. It also helps to suckle so that it doesn’t get hard for the baby to locate your nipple. This will make breastfeeding easier.
- Stay hydrated. If you dehydrate, it will be hard for you to produce milk to feed your baby. Make sure to meet the recommended amount of water per day. You can purchase water bottles with measurements and encouraging texts, so maybe it will motivate you to drink more water.
- Feed your baby right after birthing him/her. Even if you feel that you’re not lactating enough, you should keep trying. Or if you need help, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.
- Wear comfortable breastfeeding clothes. If you don’t wear what best suits the situation, you might have to struggle when breastfeeding your baby.
- Discuss with a lactation counsellor if you’re not lactating enough. Or if you have other similar problems that you can’t find solutions to. It’s always better to talk to a professional without trying random remedies that you’re not sure of.
- Keep birth control methods in mind. If you don’t take control of your reproduction, there’s a chance for you to get pregnant while nursing.
If you don’t want to risk your baby’s health, keep these in mind:
- Don’t consume alcohol and tobacco.
- Don’t take over-the-counter medicines. If it’s urgent, make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any medicine.
- Don’t ignore signs, even if it’s small. If you are experiencing pain in your nipples, it’s wise to talk to your doctor. There could be various reasons, and your doctor can handle them.
- Don’t breastfeed if you’re not ready. This might sound absurd, but most mothers ignore their mental health. If they’re not in a good mood while breastfeeding, it’s better to wait for some time to relax.
- Don’t give up. There could be times you feel low that it’s not working as you imagined. Maybe it’s hard to train your baby to drink. But remember, your baby doesn’t know to drink milk, so he/she needs time to adapt. Meanwhile, you are new to this, so you need some time too. Thus, take time but don’t give up.
These are some of the dos and don’ts that you should bear in mind. Breastfeeding takes a lot of patience, so you have to remain calm if you want to feed your little one enough nutrients and vitamins.