If you are a new mother, you know how anxious you can become when it comes to breast feeding your baby. However, with a little practice and getting used to, you and baby will get the hang of it really soon. Relax and remember that this is a great way of bonding with your new baby. Deciding to breastfeed your child is the best decision you can make for your child. This will help ensure that your baby gets the right vitamins, minerals and proteins right from the start.
One special ingredient found in breast milk is colostrum. This consists of antibodies that are natural as well as immune globulins that help to strengthen the baby’s immune system. This reduces the baby’s chance of getting sick in the first couple of months of its life.
When breastfeeding, make sure you learn how to do so correctly. If it is not done correctly, then the baby and the mother will become frustrated. You will find information on breastfeeding in many books, but nothing beats the hands-on method of finding out what works for you and your baby.
You should also be aware of the various differences between feeling pain and feeling sore in the breast area. A lot of new mothers will experience some pain while breastfeeding and there is nothing unusual about this. If soreness continues, you might have to try alternating the use of a bottle and the breast in order to give your breast time to recover and heal. If you are feeling prolonged pain during breastfeeding, you may want to talk to your doctor about this since there is nothing normal about this.
When you are breastfeeding, a lot of rest is necessary and always suggested. Your newborn will demand feedings at regular and irregular intervals and a tired mother is not someone who can give the baby as much as is required. So make sure you have enough rest to give your baby everything that he or she needs from your body.
When breast feeding, you need to be in a comfortable position. Your baby is sensitive even at this young age. If you are agitated, your baby will sense it during breastfeeding. Be in a relaxed position during breastfeeding. You can sit down in a chair, stand or even lie down on a bed. Choose whatever makes you and your baby comfortable.
The latching on process is very important. If the baby is not securely latched on to the breast, then the baby will be frustrated and begin to cry. The baby will not enjoy the milk flow that could otherwise come freely if the baby were latched on.
One option that can assist with continued soreness in the breast area is using a breast pump. A breast pump is also ideal when you have to go back to work and want to maintain your baby’s nutritional habits of receiving natural milk. Be sure to pay attention to your baby’s feeding schedule so that you can be better prepared when that time comes.
Be sure to eat nutritious food because whatever you eat is what your baby receives. Drink a lot of liquid including fruit juice and water.
Most first time mothers are alarmed when they find that their breast and nipples get really hard when engorged. This is because the breast is completely filled with milk. To alleviate this pain, you can do either of two things:
- Wake the baby and feed the baby or
- you can use a breast pump and store the milk in the refrigerator. Warm and cool the milk when the baby wakes up for a feeding. This will alleviate the soreness and pain that a full breast causes. In addition, when you are feeling sore due to a full breast, it is harder to feed your baby and even more challenging for the baby to latch on so it is best to pump the milk and feed from the bottle at this stage.
Every mother needs breast pads because breast leaks can be very embarrassing. Even though you may have pumped your breast before leaving for work and stored it in the refrigerator for your baby, you may find that your breast will fill up again throughout the day. A breast pad protects you from having your clothing messed-up. Make sure you also wear a maternity bra that fits well and is comfortable and bring along extra breast pads with you to work. You can also use specific creams for your sore nipples so that you don’t feel sore throughout the day at work.
There will be a time when you have to wean your baby from the breast, especially if you are going back to work full-time. This will be traumatic for your baby if done at once. Therefore, wean your baby gradually so that she can adjust accordingly.