5 Breastfeeding Tips For First-Timers

If you’re familiar with the benefits of breastfeeding, you know that it’s more than worth it to give it a shot. You understand that feeding your baby with breast milk does not only boost his or her immune system, but it also prevents him or her from illnesses that manifest later in life. You know that the benefits of breastfeeding go far beyond the nursing stage. Your child will less likely be obese if he or she is breastfed. And you, Mom, will have a great chance at losing weight much quickly and maintain that weight – I can personally attest to that!

 

It was just that – pressure, pressure, pressure – yet nobody cared to give me useful breastfeeding tips.

The list goes on and on about the benefits of breastfeeding so let’s move on with my breastfeeding tips for first-timers. Honestly, breastfeeding wasn’t easy for me when I first started. I cried when I nursed my baby for the very first time because nothing came out. I struggled with low milk supply during my first few weeks postpartum. I was under a lot of pressure and I felt as if society was judging me for not breastfeeding ‘properly’. It was just that – pressure, pressure, pressure – yet nobody cared to give me useful breastfeeding tips. That’s why I felt it necessary to write my own breastfeeding tips – based on my own personal experience.

1

Relax. Don’t worry, milk will flow.

It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow. But don’t stress yourself out because milk will eventually flow. And when it does, it will be … painful … and yet a relief.

2

Keep latching.

Don’t give up even if it hurts. If it hurts a lot, maybe it’s not done right. Just adjust baby’s mouth so that it covers your whole areola and not just the nipple. Sometimes it takes a lot of practice to get it right.

3

Cracked nipples? Try virgin coconut oil.

That was what my doctor recommended and it did help, especially when my nipples bled during my first few days of breastfeeding. (Yes, they do bleed a little due to postpartum skin changes. Don’t put the blame on improper latching all the time.) There are many brands of virgin coconut oil available online – here are the top rated products on Amazon.

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4

Be patient.

Don’t worry; as your baby grows older, breastfeeding gets quicker and less frequent.

Some babies are, like mine, cluster feeders. That means that they feed for some time, fall asleep while on the breast, then feed again. Then again, newborn infants really take a longer time to breastfeed than older babies. Don’t worry; as your baby grows older, breastfeeding gets quicker and less frequent.

5

Nurse and nurse some more.

The best way to increase your milk supply is to increase its demand. Breastfeed your newborn every two hours and you’ll see those sleepless nights pay off. Lactation supplements like fenugreek capsules do help as well.

Seeing your baby satisfied while breastfeeding is the most rewarding feeling. I can always picture my baby looking content and secure in my arms while nursing. Experts say that breastfeeding releases happy hormones for both mother and child – that’s another benefit of breastfeeding! So don’t give up easily just because there seems to be no milk coming out. As I said, with a lot of practice and patience, you and your baby will finally get breastfeeding right.

 

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