After the pain and excitement of giving birth, you will shortly start worrying about your child. Is he eating enough? Are you feeding him properly? And many other similar questions will climb your head.
Those are legitimate concerns for new parents. It is a good idea to take a Lamaze course before giving birth if you want to breastfeed your baby. There, you will learn techniques and find out what bumps you might get in your experience of parenting.
Don’t worry if you are not able to take the course. Here are few tips that will help you succeed at breastfeeding your baby.
Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips:
- Put your baby to breastfeed after the birth. The milk might not appear for three to five days after you give birth. During this period, you will have a substance, called colostrum, which is gold for the baby.
- Before the birth, tell the hospital that you want to breastfeed. This way they will know not to feed your baby with formula, and they will bring him to you sooner.
- Create a support system. Breastfeeding is exhausting. You may require all the assistance you can get, especially in the beginning. Let others take care of cooking and cleaning. Focus only on the baby and you.
- Some parents know this previously, but some don’t! You need to feed newborn babies frequently. Yes, frequently! Several times a day. In the beginning, you will feel that you are always with your baby, and breastfeeding him all the time. It is normal for a new mom, and this will pass.
- Don’t forget to take care of yourself. You have to eat and sleep appropriately to be able to produce milk for your baby. So ask for help from your spouse or parents, whoever can help you.
- Be attentive to how the baby responds to something you are eating – Have you noticed that after drinking coffee he is more agitated? Have you tasted the spicy food and saw him disturbed? What you eat influences the flavor of the milk and part of it goes into the milk – so drinking is prohibited during breastfeeding.
- If you sense any discomfort, then talk to a doctor about what you should take. Don’t use any medication without advice because it could go into the milk and will not be safe for the baby.
- Try not to listen to all the bits of advice you get from different sources. Many things have changed since our parent’s youth. How we raise our children is one of them. Try to stay up to date with what the specialist recommends.
- If you think that the baby is not feeding correctly or you have problems with your breast, talk with a breastfeeding consultant. Some issues might appear during breastfeeding, but with a little help and guidance, you can easily surpass them.
- Enjoy the journey, and it will be over than you think. It is a unique moment for you as a parent. Breastfeeding isn’t just about feeding your baby. It is a first bond that helps you connect with your child. Continue breastfeeding until you feel comfortable with it.
These are a few tips to help you successfully breastfeed. Remember that every baby and every parent are different, so try to understand how your child reacts to specific needs. If you want to add some more thoughts on breastfeeding, then you can do it by commenting below.
Hi, I’m Oana and I am a freelancer and stay at home mom. My child changed my life and because of him I started my freelancing experience. I like to be educated and I love to read parenting books. I have participated to many parenting training and courses to know how to choose the best option for my family. I believe that the future will be better only if we educate our children and educate ourselves.