Following a few breastfeeding basic tips can make the whole process a lot easier for both yourself and your baby. Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world but unfortunately, it may take some time before you learn how to do it correctly. All babies are born with a sucking instinct, however, they do not know how to latch on properly which poses the greatest challenge in breastfeeding. But a few easy to follow breastfeeding tips can help you overcome this challenge as well as some other challenges you may experience during breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding basic tips every breastfeeding mom should remember include:
Breastfeeding your baby immediately after delivery. Studies have shown that babies who are immediately breastfed learn how to latch on properly faster and bond with their mothers sooner than those who are separated from their mothers after birth. For that reason you should perhaps consider breastfeeding your baby immediately after delivery. However, check with the hospital staff if you are allowed to breastfeed your baby immediately after birth because some hospitals may not allow breastfeeding in the delivery room.
The right posture. You can breastfeed your baby in a lying or sitting position and use different methods to help your baby latch on properly. It does not matter which breastfeeding method you choose as long as you and your baby are comfortable and as long as your baby’s mouth covers the entire areola (the skin around your nipples).
Tickling the baby’s mouth with the nipple. Many women do not know that they are supposed to tickle their baby’s mouth with their nipple to open the mouth.
Offering both breasts during each feeding. This is one of the most important of all breastfeeding basic tips you should remember. By offering your baby both breasts during each feeding, you will dramatically reduce the risk of painful milk duct clogging and mastitis. But if your baby refuses to eat from the second breast, start with that breast during the next feeding.
Leaving a small amount of milk on your nipple. This will help you prevent nipple dryness and soreness. Just leave a few drops of breast milk to dry on your nipples before you put on a bra. You may experience nipple tenderness during the first few days after breastfeeding. This tenderness is normal and it will go away once your milk production is well established.
Reading the signs of hunger. Infants feed frequently because their tiny stomachs cannot hold a larger amount of food. Normally, infants eat about every 2 to 3 hours. But rather than watching the clock, you should learn to read the signs of hunger such crying, sucking on fingers and licking lips which are often more reliable than the clock