Eight Ways to make breastfeeding easier
By now you would be through with your labor pains and probably holding your sweet little newborn, your journey to parenthood is about to start. Breastfeeding is the first step to connect with your child, but it can pose some challenges of its own. In case you are facing some of them, you need not despair already as it gets easier with time for most new mums.
Here we have listed Eight ways to make breastfeeding easier:
Perform some research
‘I am damn exhausted and you are telling me to research!’ Was this your reaction? Well, you might be quite right to an extent as this might not be the best time to start learning something new. But your partner can do that on your behalf. You can do that much ahead of time, before your due date when you have little else on your mind. You can take a breastfeeding class, talk to moms who have breastfed their kids or talk to lactation consultants!
You can have a head start by holding your baby right after birth; cuddle the baby and breastfeed the baby right then. Besides other amazing benefits of breastfeeding, it helps connect the baby with the mother and provide the first shot of immunization. Cathy Carothers, IBCLC, lactation consultant and codirector of Every Mother Inc. says “Babies’ senses—their seeing, hearing, smelling and touch—are heightened in that first hour after birth. They’re neurologically wired to find the breast. And when they’re allowed to use those senses to latch on by themselves, the way they’re instinctually wired to, they tend to latch on correctly.”
Learn the signs
The baby may start providing signals that he/she is hungry and ready to be fed. Some such signals could be the baby trying to chew on his hands, or make mouthing motions. The baby might be hungry already and you ought to latch the moment. Crying is not the signal of baby being hungry; it is the sign of baby being mad and hungry!
Breastfeeding can become problematic if your breasts getting engorged – firm, tight and warm. The mature milk starts coming in after a few days of birth. You ought not to panic as engorgement goes after a few days. In case the baby is not comfortable latching on, consider pumping milk prior to feeding the child to make things easier.
When to call the pros
There are a range of issues that call for urgent medical attention, such as problems in breastfeeding, too much pain or the baby not wetting the diapers six to ten times a day. You would want to address the issue before it gets too serious for anybody’s comfort.
Get some good night’s sleep
Since you have earned your stripes and sacrificed a lot of sleep already during pregnancy, you deserve some good night’s sleep. Your partner ought not to have any problem while feeding the baby. To make things easier you can pump a bottle of milk before going to bed and let your partner know the necessary details for feeding the baby.
Start pumping milk at least a couple of weeks before you are scheduled to resume working. Just right after feeding the baby is the perfect time to do that as your supply tends to be highest at that time. You can save a great deal of time by pumping on one side while the baby feeds on the other. This is indeed a great way to stockpile some milk and save it for feeding your baby while at work (remember that it is your right and protected by law).
Use pumping hacks
– Pump and save breast milk bags let you store your breast milk without any fuss. These get attached to the pump, simply unhook and poof! There goes the breast milk into the storage space!
– Microwave steamier bags help you to sterilize your accessories in simple steps.
– Invest in two breast pumps to save yourself from transporting them to and from work.
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