Well, the new mother surely plans all about the perfect breastfeeding process, but they don’t know what to expect in reality? Breastfeeding is an affectionate and special experience between the mother and her baby. With that being said, it can also prove to be a frightening and weak experience for a new mother.
When the process doesn’t go as planned or stated in the books previously read by a would-be mother, mommies of infants may get a guilt for doing it the wrong way or more or less ashamed of not getting the right idea of it instantly. But, on average thousands of mothers experience some or other level of struggle with nursing before getting a rhythm over it.
So, we conducted a survey enquiring the breastfeeding mamas to share their pointers, tips, suggestions and words of wisdom for the soon-to-be mothers. Here’s what they said:
- Don’t get surprised, if you’re hurt the first time
Breastfeeding does hurts in the beginning phase. Your nipples are fresh and cracked, your breasts are sore and the letdown could be a real pain. The starting two weeks are the most difficult. However, it gets normal with every passing day and once 15 days have passed, your breast will adjust!
- Practice will make you perfect
The one of the most common nursing tips is try more nursing. You can look up for support either online, in real world, professionally or from the other nursing mamas! You can do whatever it takes to surpass this tough job. With better support and more practice, you can actually get used to it and gradually attain perfection.
- Purchase some comfortable nursing bras or tanks (you’ll need them the most)
Invest in some comfortable nursing tanks. They are great and very easy for women at this stage. You don’t really have to pull up your shirts every time you want to breastfeed. All you need to do is wear them under a cardigan, hoodie or zip-up and you’re good to go. Getting clothes out every time is a real headache for the new mommies!
- Do not be scared of nipple coverings
Do not believe in the myth that nipple shields are evil and can kill your supply. This myth is 100% wrong. If you find it as the only approach that your infant can latch, then it is perfectly alright to choose them- and, you can easily deter them off whenever you want
- Don’t forget to moisturize your nipples
Market is flooded with good creams that can nourish your chapped nipples. If not, then you can go for lip glosses too. And, another great idea of saving on nipple cream is to go for olive oil and rather your own breast milk. It will work best in healing those painful and dry nipples.
- Make a breastfeeding location
You can easily set up a breastfeeding location and remember that you have to spend around 10 hours of your day in the starting time. Keep all your necessities and things of interest. For help, you can store an iPod, a water bottle, a notebook to keep a record of your feedings, diapers for your baby, a remote control for the AC or fan, pillows and breast pads. Keeping all these things close to your breastfeeding location is important for a mother.
- Go for a breast pump
A good breast pump is your life saver. It gives the mother a chance to express milk at the right time and allows you to take break whenever you want from feeding making it a rewarding experience for her. It also means that the father can get a chance to participate in the feeding process. Selection of the right breast pump could be quite difficult. It completely depends on the need and requisition of the mother. There are options of manual as well as electric pumps too. Setting up a good breastfeeding schedule and a good latch before bottle is suggested is important. It works a great sense of relief. It will also help the little one to get them used to something other than the mother.
- Go for the best nursing supplies
While the best benefit of nursing is that you don’t need a whole lot of stuff to do it. As per the nursing tips, a new mother should have nursing equipment to make breastfeeding simpler.
- Nursing cushions are comfortable and supportive for breastfeeding mother
- Nipple creams will help you rejuvenate and moisturize your sore and chapped nipples
- Nursing pads are important as nursing mamas leak in the beginning. With the help of these pads, you can prevent yourself from getting embarrassed with a spot on your shirt in public.
- Go for lactation consultancy- before the baby arrives
Find out the number of a good lactation consultant with a good repute before the baby arrives. You can also arrange a meeting at your home and get to know all about breastfeeding in real from experts making breastfeeding success. It could be a little pricey, but surely it’s really worth it!
- Do not skip food in any case
The new mothers get woozy in the starting weeks because they don’t consume enough calories. Baby needs all the nutrients he wants and he’ll get it from the milk, but in the end, you’ll be left with nothing. So hold good choices in eating- go for healthy protein diet and eat lots and lots of veggies. Keep some healthy snacks and water around you, so whenever you’re hungry or thirsty, you’ve something to munch and drink. Do not forget that you need extra fluids and calories for yourself and the baby.
With these tips, you can surely get the best help for your breastfeeding making it a rewarding experience for a new mommy. Keep yourself hydrated; relax do not time watch and make breastfeeding a commitment for it to be a success. Your child is the best gift to you and you want to give your best in feeding him. Try these tips and check out videos for more assistance.