Deciding to breastfeed your baby is a wonderful decision! Watching your little one quickly gain weight and reach milestones, knowing that your body is the provider of that super nutrition, is an awesome feeling! There are many advantages associated with breastfeeding for both the mother and their new-born baby, it helps to create an intimate bond that is important for both and other advantages. For example, there are more vitamins and nutrients in breast milk and it's a natural process that benefits the baby and the mom.
However, as awesome as breastfeeding is, it can also be more work than you ever thought it could be. If you're having a few problems in breastfeeding your child, here are 10 helpful tips to help you and your child to enjoy that special bond between mother and child.
1. Start early
Commence breastfeeding your child as soon as possible after you give birth - preferably within the first two hours.
2. Help your baby latch correctly
Your nipples may be sore for the first several days. However, if you're experiencing so much pain that you're dreading feedings, then something's not right. Your baby is probably latching improperly. The next time you feed, notice how much of the nipple is in your baby's mouth. The entire nipple and some of the areola should be in your baby's mouth with his lips turned outward.
3. no need to have a feeding timetable
Unless you are aware of a special problem there is no need to keep track of when you feed your baby. Nor should there be a need to wake up your baby for feeding because your baby will always let you know when it is feeding time. The more feeding your baby demands, the more milk you will produce.
4. Avoid using bottles
Breastfeeding involves a different sucking action to bottle feeding so the use of bottles should be avoided if at all possible, at least until breastfeeding is established.
5. Eat healthy foods
Your success with breastfeeding is linked to your own healthy intake of food and drink. Look after your own diet by eating healthy foods and drinks. Make sure your thirst and hunger are satisfied
6. stay away from alcohol
Alcohol is also passed through breast milk so you want to avoid alcohol. If you do choose to drink, consider pumping milk ahead of time and feed that milk to the baby for at least 8 hours of your last drink. During those hours you should pump and discard the milk from each breast just as if you were feeding the baby. Naturally, this will get rid of any milk that might contain alcohol and it will also ensure that your milk production stays where it needs to be.
7. Only take medicines after consulting your doctors
Some, but not all drugs are passed through a mother's milk and although some have been identified there are some that have not. Only take what is necessary and as needed, but absolutely check with your pediatrician or obstetrician.
8. Breastfeeding your baby at night when your baby needs it is as important as daytime feeding.
9. Successful breastfeeding normally means your baby does not need additional fluids. Successful breastfeeding will satisfy all your baby's nutritional needs.
10. Always ensure that you and your baby are in a comfortable position when breastfeeding
Remember, breastfeeding is best for baby but does not always come naturally to either the mother or child. Perseverance is often needed by both mother and baby. Millions of women experiences problems of one sort or another, at some stage of breastfeeding so, if you are having problems, you aren't alone.