The journey of motherhood is magical, our bodies are capable of growing and nurturing people and a big part of that is our bodies' ability to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is not just about nourishing your little one; it's an incredible way to bond with your baby. Skin-to-skin contact during feeding creates a deep connection, fostering love and security.
As a new mum, getting the hang of breastfeeding may take a while. Here’s all you need to know!
Breastfeeding might take a little time to get used to, but remember, it's a learning process for both you and your baby. Staying calm and patient through this process will help your body relax and do its thing!
The Perfect Latch
A proper latch is key to successful breastfeeding. Ensure your baby's mouth covers as much of the areola as possible, not just the nipple. A good latch prevents discomfort and helps your baby get enough milk.
Eat Well and Hydrate
As a breastfeeding mum, remember that you are your baby's primary source of nutrition. Eat a balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Taking care of your breasts is essential to prevent discomfort or infections. Keep your nipples clean and dry after feeding. If you experience soreness, try using lotion or lanolin cream. Try getting nursing clothes with easily accessible zippers for you and your baby’s comfort!
Try to give your baby something to chew on after breastfeeding and massage their gums beforehand to help soothe the pain and swelling. Adjust your feeding position by tilting your baby’s head if any discomfort occurs.
Pumping and Storing
Invest in a good-quality breast pump if you plan on keeping your breastmilk. Store breast milk in sterilized containers in the refrigerator or freezer.
Remember, every breastfeeding journey is unique. Enjoy bonding time with your baby, and embrace the ups and downs of motherhood. Happy breastfeeding, you've got this!