Breastfeeding can take a while to get used to and new mothers often experience frustration and discomfort. The health benefits of breastfeeding for your baby are so great that it is well worth persevering. Luckily we have some tips from the experts at Healthcheck Systems which will help you to a more comfortably, happy breastfeeding experience.
Help baby to latch on properly by ensuring that a large part of the bottom of the nipple is in baby’s mouth.
Try to relax! Stress causes engorgement of the breasts which is painful and also affects your baby.
Shift the way you hold baby and their position to find one which works best for both of you.
Don’t watch the clock! Your instincts are far more honed than any book or schedule you read on the internet. Watch for signs that your baby is hungry like restlessness, lip smacking or sucking motions and feed your baby when you are both ready.
Sit back and relax rather than leaning forward or bending over.
Cradle baby in your arms and cup one hand behind their head and use the other hand to guide your breast. Use pillows to help prop the baby up in a comfortable position. Don’t be afraid to ask for help here until you find the right position for you and your baby.
If you are struggling to feed in the first few days, use a breast pump to relieve pressure and keep your milk coming in.
Feed baby from one breast for about 20 minutes, then burp them and switch to the other breast. If your baby is full, start the next feed on the other breast. If your baby only feeds on one breast in the first couple of days, pump the other breast to continue to stimulate milk production.
You can get the best breast pumps at the lowest prices from Healthcheck Systems.