Looking for information about breastfeeding? You are on the right page. I have collected a few articles that you’ll help you to learn more about benefits of nursing and how to do it right and painless. Are you expecting a baby and not sure if you want to breastfeed? Of perhaps you already have a child but not a big fan of breastfeeding?
According to the artcile from bump.com “Breast milk is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. It’s brimming with nutrients and antibodies that boost your newborn’s immunity, aid digestion and promote brain development. An added bonus: Breastfeeding burns calories like crazy, helping you lose those pregnancy pounds faster. And it reduces your lifetime risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer and postmenopausal osteoporosis”.
Many women around the world have challenges with breastfeeding. By the way, I have had some troubles as well! “Marathon feeding sessions, engorged breasts and sore nipples are some of the challenges you might face as a nursing mom, especially in the beginning. Fortunately, the vast majority of problems can be overcome with information and practice, says Sue Tiller, R.N., an international board-certified lactation consultant in Centreville, Va., and author of Breastfeeding 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successfully Nursing Your Baby (TLC Publishing). The first week is particularly crucial, Tiller adds—that’s when you and your baby learn the ropes and your milk supply is established. Immediately after giving birth, you may be dying to devour a pizza or call loved ones with your news. But that’s when newborns tend to be the most alert and responsive, making it the ideal time to introduce your baby to the breast, Tiller says. After a vaginal delivery, as long as there are no complications, try to nurse right away. If you’ve had a Cesarean section, you may have to wait until surgery is complete—but try to breastfeed within the first hour”.
And here are somore tips from bump.com!
Make Sure You’re Comfy
Once your baby is latched onto your breast and nursing contentedly, you won’t want to interrupt her because your back hurts or your arm is tired. So take a minute to settle into a comfortable, relaxed position before starting to breastfeed, advises Terriann Shell, an international board-certified lactation consultant in Big Lake, Alaska. Lay a firm pillow across your lap so your baby is level with your breast, and prop up your elbows on the chair arms or pillows. If you’re sitting in a chair, place your feet on a small stool to bring your baby closer and help prevent back and arm strain.
Learn The Correct Latch
A good latch is essential for your milk to flow properly and to keep your little piranha from making fish food of your nipples. Before you put her to the breast, make sure your baby is on her side so you and she are belly to belly, Shell advises. When she does latch on, her mouth should be opened wide, like a yawn, and take in a good portion of your areola.
Let Your Baby Graze
Frequent and effective nursing is key to boosting your milk supply and ensuring that your newborn gets enough to eat. You should aim for at least eight to 12 feedings daily—about every two to three hours—for the first few weeks, says Jane Morton, M.D., director of the breastfeeding medicine program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. At first, each nursing session could last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes; as your milk production increases and your baby gets better at suckling, it shouldn’t take as long. The number of feedings will also decrease. In the first weeks, when your baby is more sleepy than hungry, you may have to initiate many of these feedings—even if it means waking her in the wee hours. If she falls asleep within minutes of latching on, you can try rousing her by changing her diaper or undressing her. But if she seems to be gaining weight appropriately, you don’t need to.
Hold Off On Bottles
While you may love the idea of pumping some extra milk and letting your partner take over one of those middle-of-the-night feedings, hold off on introducing a bottle (or a pacifier, for that matter) for a month or so, until breastfeeding is well established, Morton advises. Since it’s easier to extract milk from an artificial nipple, giving a bottle too early could cause your baby to reject the breast in favor of the bottle’s faster flow. But don’t make the mistake of waiting too long, either. “Babies tend to be open-minded at about 4 weeks of age,” Morton says. “If you wait much longer, you may have trouble getting her to take a bottle.”
You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to successfully breastfeed your baby, but you may find it easier or more comfortable with these helpful products, recommended by certified lactation consultant Corky Harvey, R.N., co-founder of The Pump Station, a breastfeeding resource center in Santa Monica and Hollywood, Calif. Nursing pillow is specially designed pillows can help you position your baby correctly and stay comfy! A good nursing bra eliminates the need to undress every time you breastfeed and provides crucial support. For sore, cracked nipples, nothing’s better than Soothies glycerin gel pads.