Breastfeeding Basics For New Moms

Bring a first time mom is daunting enough. And breastfeeding can be a lot more overwhelming for most.

When I became a mom the very first time I had no idea where to start. I just assumed that breastfeeding will happen naturally. Something in me would just know what to do.

And when none of natural breastfeeding happened I spent countless hours on Google trying to gather as much information I can(which ideally should have been done in my 3rd trimester).

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I only wish if someone could have shared some of this information I wouldn’t have to learn it the hard way!

Do share these must know breastfeeding basics for new moms if you found it useful!

  1. Try to breastfeeding within the first hour of child birth. It helps to bond the baby with you and greater the chance that baby will latch well.
  2. For first 6 weeks only breastfeed on demand. Don’t follow a schedule instead look for baby’s cue for feed. Let the baby decide when and how much to drink.
  3. It should not hurt when baby latches; so many mom’s just give up because of this. But poor or shallow latch results in nipple cuts or bleeding which hurts. Only way is to correct your latch for relief.
  4. Keep breastfeeding time as private as possible and avoid any stress. Privacy is important, always concentrate on baby cues, bond with your baby and enjoy your breastfeeding time; make it special.
  5. If you want to introduce bottle wait for 6-8 weeks until breastfeeding is fully established.
  6. Get comfortable, support your back, use feeding pillow. Remember bring the baby to you and not slouch down to feed your baby.
  7. Don’t worry about milk supply from the start. Most of us have enough for our babies. And if you think you have low milk supply read here.
  8. Fnd the right position for breastfeeding and you will enjoy this phase. In the first week their will be a position more favorable than other ones. Stick to it.
  9. Support your breast by a comfortable bra to avoid saggy breast. Your breast are full of milk and they need support.
  10. Typically a breastfeeding session last for 20 min to 30 Min on each side. Drain one breast before moving to another.

I hope these tips are helpful. There is nothing better than breastmilk for our babies.

Common breastfeeding problems-

Sore/ cracked nipples due to poor latch

Low milk supply – When baby is unable to gain weight only with breastfeeding.

Engorged Breast – When you breast are over filled with milk, baby is not feeding/ draining enough milk.

Blocked milk duct – A milk duct is clogged and not hurting.

Breast mastitis – Inflammation in breast tissue due to infection.

Thrush – A fungal infection causing breast pain, inflammation, irritation, rash like.

Over milk supply – Yes even excess of milk prevents baby from feeding well.

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