When the baby is born, the first thing the mom is told to do is to breastfeed the baby. Breast milk is very essential for the babies, as they get all the vital nutrients required for their development. Babies are breastfed until they need it, but feeding for a minimum of 6 months is a must. The new mums may be unaware of how to breastfeed the baby, so in this article, you will get to know some newborn baby breastfeeding tips that will help you through this starting phase.
Breastfeeding Advice For New Moms
1. Hunger cues in infants
When the baby is hungry, they tell their mom through various cues. So here are some baby hunger cues that your baby will be doing when he/she is hungry.
Signs that your newborn is hungry
- Your baby will open and close his mouth.
- Your baby will suck his finger, and whatever is near.
- Your baby will smack his lips.
- Your baby will stick out his tongue.
- Your baby will turn his head here and there repeatedly.
- Your baby will start crying.
When you see your baby doing these activities, then breastfeed him/her immediately.
2. Best breastfeeding positions for latching
When you are breastfeeding your baby, you will have to sit for a long time until your baby’s stomach is full. It’s a good practice to take the pillow so that you can sit comfortably for a long time as sitting in an uncomfortable position can cause neck, back, and shoulder pain. Also keep a water bottle with you, as you will feel thirsty while feeding.
You can try the below comfortable positions to feed your baby without causing yourself any pain.
- Breastfeeding by lying down on one side with your baby facing towards you.
- Sit in a reclined position and hold your baby in your arms.
3. Relieve blocked milk duct
Sometimes when your milk gets backed up, it starts developing the ducts, which may cause your severe pain. You can feed your baby from the breasts which can help in relieving clogged milk ducts and allow the milk to flow smoothly. You can also take a hot shower and then apply a cold compress which helps the fluid to flow smoothly and prevents the inflammation.
4. Look for the best position for your baby
When your baby is breastfeeding, he/she will find the best position for them so that they can relax and enjoy their food. Every baby is different and may feel comfortable in various posture, so it’s better to observe the baby position while breastfeeding so that you can adjust yourself next time as per your baby’s comfort.
There are some guidelines that you can follow to check which position is comfortable for you and your baby.
- Your baby’s mouth should be in the level of your nipple.
- Your baby’s head should be tilted backward slightly.
- You should be in a position that makes your baby comfortable with sucking the milk.
- Your baby’s chin should be on your breast so that his/her nose is not blocked and can breathe easily.
- Your baby should latch the entire areola and not only your nipple.
For proper breastfeeding posture, the tummy of you both should touch each other, and your baby’s nose should touch your nipple. During nursing, it’s essential to make sure that the baby is comfortable and can breathe easily.
5. Staying hydrated while breastfeeding
You should always drink a glass of water whenever you breastfeed your baby. Drinking water or any healthy juice frequently can help to create more milk in your breasts. Also, if you have drunk alcohol, then avoid breastfeeding your baby for at least 2 hours as your baby consumes whatever you eat and drink. Hence alcohol is harmful to your baby.
6. Relax yourself while breastfeeding
While feeding your baby, always make sure that you are not stressed, as taking stress during that phase can lower the production of milk. Your baby will come to know if you are stressed and so it may become difficult for him/her to latch.
Breastfeed your baby in an environment that is calm and stress-free. If the place which you have chosen is not comfortable, then try another one as during feeding a sweet bond between the baby and the mom is created.
7. Ask for help when needed
Breastfeeding your baby at the beginning may be a bit difficult as you have to hold the baby in the proper position so that the baby feels comfortable breathing. After your delivery, the nurse will keep an eye on how you breastfeed your baby and will help you or guide you for the positions. If she is not near, then do ask for help from the other nurses, and they will also help you.
If you are facing the problems of lactation, then do take the help of the lactation consultant as they won’t understand your needs on their own. Even if you go home from the hospital, you can still contact the lactation consultant to guide you if you have any problems or facing any difficulty in feeding.
Signs of effective breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is very essential for the growth of the baby, and hence it should be done appropriately. You should always keep a note of it what things should be and what should be avoided during breastfeeding. So, for the new moms, I have mentioned below some signs of successful breastfeeding that will help you to understand if your breastfeeding is appropriately done or not.
- If your baby is cheerful the whole day and if there is an improvement in his/her health, then you have breastfed in the right way.
- While breastfeeding, when your baby’s tummy is full, he /she will remove their mouth from the breast and appear tired and may sometimes fall asleep, and this is normal, so you don’t have to worry about it.
- Your baby’s diaper should be wet during breastfeeding.
- Your baby is gaining weight regularly.
As breastfeeding is very essential for the newborns, so these were some tips that will be helpful for the new moms.