Breastfeeding your infant doesn't always come easily or naturally, particularly in the initial weeks of childbirth. Nursing has its share of ups and downs. It can be a rewarding, bonding experience or a daunting experience if it doesn't go quite as planned.
Whether you're a first-time mom planning to breastfeed or a mother already breastfeeding, there's always a lot to learn about breastfeeding. To raise your breastfeeding IQ, here is a quick guide about breastfeeding your newborn.
Nursing moms often have several doubts and questions about breastfeeding in their minds. Here are some of the most common questions that new and experienced mothers ask their lactation experts.
No, breastfeeding never hurts. If you experience pain while breastfeeding, it means you have not latched your baby onto your breast correctly. Additionally, the little discomfort you experience in the initial days of breastfeeding goes away gradually.
You must breastfeed your little one for at least six months after childbirth.
You should breastfeed your infant at least ten times in 24 hours during the initial few weeks.
A typical feeding session should last around 20-30 minutes. However, the first breastfeeding session may last up to 45 minutes.
Breast size has nothing to do with the quantity of breast milk you produce. You can breastfeed successfully with your small-sized breasts.
Breastfeeding in public is legal, so you should not feel embarrassed. However, to maintain your privacy and comfort, you should always use lightweight nursing covers and aprons.
Most new moms produce enough breast milk for their newborns—all you need to breastfeed your little one frequently to keep up your milk supply.
Yes, you can, but avoid offering formula milk to your newborn if you want to build and maintain your milk supply.
Yes, there are some foods and beverages you should avoid while breastfeeding.
Remember, whatever you eat transfers to your baby through breast milk. Avoid eating everything that makes your little one fussy or gassy.
Yes, you can, but make sure to keep your incision safe. Use a comfortable nursing pillow to enjoy a safe breastfeeding experience after a Caesarean section.
Every nursing mother faces at least one breastfeeding problem at one point or another in their motherhood journey. Here are some of the most common breastfeeding issues with their best possible solutions.
Problem #1: Baby refuses the breast
Try a different feeding position. Use a nursing cover to prevent distractions. Wear your little one and try feeding on the move.
Problem #2: Baby spits up after every feeding
Burp your baby after each feeding. Keep a burp cloth handy. Consult with your pediatrician if your baby vomits after a feed.
Problem #3: Low milk supply
Have enough rest. Try nursing more often. Apply a warm compress to your breast. Try hands-on pumping.
Problem #4: My breasts are engorged and swollen
Nurse your baby often, about 8-12 times a day. Try expressing some milk before you feed.
Problem #5: Baby falls asleep while breastfeeding
Start breastfeeding with the full breast. Burp or stroke her under the chin. Tickle your baby's feet to stimulate her.
Problem #6: Latching on hurts
Ensure that the baby's mouth is wide open as she latches on to your breast. Use a breastfeeding pillow.
Breastfeeding can be a challenging process, especially for first-time moms. Here are some proven tips and best practices to make your breastfeeding experience as rewarding and successful as possible:
A good latch ensures your child gets sufficient milk and there is no pain during breastfeeding. Follow these tips to get your little one latched onto your breast correctly.
A newborn may bite during a feeding session for various reasons, such as a cold, teething, distraction, or ear infection. Try these tips to stop your baby from biting while breastfeeding:
Your early breastfeeding experience plays a vital role in determining whether or not you will continue your breastfeeding journey. Follow these best practices to kick start your breastfeeding journey well:
If you have gone through a cesarean section, follow these simple tips to make your breastfeeding successful.
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