One of the greatest joys of motherhood is breastfeeding, through which a mother can establish a special and unique bond with her child. However, not only wonderful, breastfeeding is also challenging, and can be difficult, especially for new moms, who don’t know exactly how the process should work. Not knowing it’s normal, so don’t worry because you are not alone out there. Because many women struggle with breastfeeding, we’ve compiled a list of important advice for new, and especially first-time mothers regarding this process.
- No matters what others say, your milk is good. Your milk is designed to perfectly cover your baby’s needs, so don’t worry about it being poor in nutrients. This is the perfect food for the baby that has been growing inside you for the past nine months, so your body is perfectly aware of his needs.
- Remember that breastfeeding is based on supply and demand. Don’t worry on not producing enough milk or too much. This happens in rare occasions and it is a known fact that only 2% of the women on the planet are physically unable to breastfeed their babies.
- Stimulate, stimulate, stimulate. Before the supply and demand phase, your baby needs to stimulate milk production as soon as he’s out of the womb to make sure the “factory” enters production.
- Breastfeed upon request. The baby knows very well when he’s hungry, so listen to his growls and cries and offer him food whenever he needs it. Also, take into account that holding him close provides him with comfort, as at this stage you’ll be his whole universe.
- Shy? Invest in a pretty scarf. At some point after birth you’ll feel the need to mingle again and have a social life. However, a breastfed baby is highly addicted to his mommy, so no matter where you’ll go he’ll probably be with you. If you’re too shy to breastfeed in public without any issues, buy a lovely scarf that can cover the two of you while the little one has his meal.
- Keep hydrated. In order to produce all the milk the baby needs while staying healthy and in shape you need to keep hydrated, so keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go and… bottoms up!
- Buy many breast pads. Your breasts will constantly leak, so if you don’t want to get embarrassed by a wet t-shirt during an outing in the park or worse, a wet dress during a lunch in a restaurant, use breast pads in your bra.
- Buy a good nursing bra made with natural fibers. This will make your life easier and will provide the hungry baby the milk he needs right away when he asks for it, without many complications, while your skin will breathe.
- Invest in a good breast pump, preferably an electrical one, which will save you time and energy. This will help you stock up in case you need to leave the baby for a few hours with someone else. Don’t forget that the milk can be kept in the freezer for up to six months.
- Stock up on lanolin or nourishing lotions which contain it to soothe your sore nipples. Resist the urge to give up breastfeeding and count on “cosmetics” every time you feel pain. It will pass eventually.
Breastfeeding is a hard job at first, but very rewarding when you do it successfully. After all, it’s the health of your baby which is at stake, topped by the wonderful bond created between a mother and her breastfed baby.