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Start Breastfeeding: The Ultimate Guide to Success

Breastfeeding can be a challenging and overwhelming experience for new moms. However, it is also a rewarding and essential way to provide your newborn with the nutrients and antibodies they need for healthy growth and development. As someone who has breastfed for over 15 months now, I have learned a few tips and tricks that can help new moms navigate this exciting and sometimes challenging journey. In this post, I will share my ultimate guide to successful breastfeeding.

Tips and Tricks for New Moms

1. Educate yourself before delivery: Before delivery, educate yourself about breastfeeding by reading books, attending classes, or watching online tutorials. Learn about the different positions, latching techniques, and how to identify and address common breastfeeding problems.

2. Start breastfeeding as soon as possible: Try to start breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery. Newborns have a strong instinct to nurse during the first hour after birth, so take advantage of this opportunity. The more frequently you breastfeed in the first few days, the more milk you will produce.

3. Find a comfortable position: Finding a comfortable position for you and your baby is crucial. Experiment with different positions, such as the cradle hold, football hold, or side-lying position, until you find the one that works best for you and your baby.

4. Ensure a good latch: A good latch is essential for successful breastfeeding. Make sure your baby’s mouth covers the entire nipple and areola, and their lips are flanged outward. If your baby is not latching properly, seek help from a lactation consultant.

5. Breastfeed on demand: Breastfeed your baby on demand, which means feeding them whenever they show signs of hunger. This can help establish a good milk supply and prevent engorgement.

6. Take care of your nipples: Nipple soreness is common in the early days of breastfeeding. Apply lanolin cream or coconut oil to soothe and protect your nipples. Also, make sure to air-dry your nipples after feeding.

7. Stay hydrated and eat a nutritious diet: Breastfeeding requires a lot of energy and nutrients, so make sure to stay hydrated and eat a nutritious diet. Drink plenty of water, and eat foods rich in protein, calcium, and healthy fats.

8. Pump if necessary: If you need to be away from your baby, pump your milk to maintain your milk supply. You can also use a breast pump to relieve engorgement or increase milk supply.

9. Get support: Breastfeeding can be challenging, so get support from your partner, family, or friends. You can also join a breastfeeding support group or seek help from a lactation consultant.

10. Trust your instincts: Lastly, trust your instincts as a mother. You know your baby best, so follow your instincts when it comes to breastfeeding. Don’t compare yourself to other moms or feel guilty if you encounter challenges.

Breastfeeding Success

In conclusion, breastfeeding can be a challenging journey, especially in the beginning. However, the key to success is perseverance and not giving up. I remember wanting to give up after day 3, but I tried nipple shields and creams for my sore, painful nipples, and I endured. Now, it’s the best decision I ever made. Keep your goal in mind: no need to carry bottles all the time, providing the most nutritious food for your baby, and offering emotional support.

You’ll notice how much your baby enjoys it – lying close to you, touching your breast with their little hands. It will all be worth it. As you navigate this beautiful, yet sometimes challenging experience, remember that you are giving your baby the best start in life. Keep going, and you’ll soon find that the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

Please note that I speak from personal experience. For substantiated information, we always recommend that you take a look at the World Health Organization.

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Adventure-loving mom blogger. Breastfeeding from December ’21. Sharing her insight on pregnancy and motherhood while embracing a healthy & active lifestyle. 

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