One of the most important aspects of the growth of a baby is breastfeeding. It is also one of the biggest scares that a mother could become paranoid with. She will have doubts in her mind on whether she would be able to breastfeed successfully and whether the baby would know how to feed on her breast.
Breastfeeding is necessary for both the child and the mother. It develops a bond between the baby and the mother and gives the child the much needed immunity and nutritional support. Breastfeeding will come naturally to mothers. It is, after all, nature’s way of feeding a newborn. There are various factors that could be considered before breastfeeding like problems with mother’s nipples or wrong latching that can make breastfeeding look tough for the mother. They have to be faced and approached with the right perspective. Anything that the baby finds unpleasant disturbs his or her behaviour. It affects the maternal connection and a smooth beginning to breastfeeding. Here are few valuable tips to make breastfeeding a success for the mothers.
1. Breast crawl has to be practiced – The baby receives the nutrition required in the mother’s womb, through the placenta. Once the baby comes out, breasts of the mother become the only source of food that the baby has to rely on. The baby has to learn top crawl to the mother’s chest and develop a bond with breastfeeding.
2. Holding the baby in a right position – This helps develop better latching. If you opt to feed on the left side, the head of the baby has to lie on your left arm’s crook while the whole hand supports the back of the baby. Your right hand has to go beneath your left for extra support.
3. Positioning yourself in the right way – Once you are in a position to sit upright after the delivery, you have to try and sit in a reclining position and hold your baby properly. This reclining position will give the required skin contact to the baby and help achieve better latching.
4. Sufficient milk generation – Many mothers are paranoid with a fear that they do not have enough milk for the baby. They fail to differentiate between the perceived supply of milk and true milk supply. There are few indicators that can help a mother understand the level of nutrition of her child. She has to remember that the baby has to gain about one hundred and fifty grams after a fortnight of birth. The baby also should pass yellow, loose and seedy stool about four times in a day.
5. Taking proper care of your nipples – After every feed, it is perfectly alright to allow the milk to dry on your nipple in a natural way. Milk tends to soothe the nipples. When you take bath, reduce the use of shampoo and soap as they will contract the nipples.
6. Making lifestyle choices that are healthy – You have to maintain a healthy diet to keep your energy levels up. You have to eat the basics like vegetables, fruits and whole grains. You have to make sure that you keep yourself properly hydrated by drinking sufficient fluids like water, milk and juices. Smoking tobacco is poison for yourself and your baby.
7. Take proper rest – You have to take adequate rest and try and sleep whenever the baby will sleep.
8. Take precautions against medications – Some medicines are safe while you are breastfeeding but it is better to consult your family physician before you take any medication.
9. Success can be gauged – When the baby latches on successfully to your breast, you will feel a gentle pull instead of a pinch or a biting sensation.
When you start breastfeeding your baby, you will have to give yourself time to settle down and be patient. You cannot get discouraged if you find the going tough. The more you breastfeed, the more milk your breasts are likely to produce. Breastfeeding will then be the natural way to provide the right balance of nutrients for your baby.