Breastfeeding Tips and Tricks

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers

Nursing is never the same for each mom, some mothers experience a few breastfeeding problems at once.

Feel free to visit our common breastfeeding problems page to see if we have answered your breastfeeding question.

The breastfeeding tips and tricks given below are things that a new mother should know, if she is planning to breastfeed. Don’t feel discouraged, not all mothers struggle with problems whilst breastfeeding, but it’s always good to know about these issues and how to handle them.


Random Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

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  • The first and most important breastfeeding tip, is to attend a breastfeeding class. preferably whilst you are pregnant.
  • Breastfeed on demand and co-sleep to build a good breast milk supply. Breastfeed as much as you can during the first six weeks to build a sufficient milk supply.
  • Make sure that when your baby is latched onto the breast, he/she has a large portion of your areola in his/her mouth as well as the whole nipple. Read more about latching on. 
  • Can you prepare for breastfeeding? Use lanolin on your nipples while pregnant, so that you can soften them; this prevents some cracking or bleeding of the nipples. 
  • Breastfeed your baby before he starts to cry; look for early signs of hunger.
  • One of the best tips for successful breastfeeding, is to relax whilst breastfeeding; mothers that relax are found to have more bountiful milk supplies. 
  • If you have small or inverted nipples, it would be best to use a plastic nipple shield
  • Using a breastfeeding pillow can help support your baby and support your back, making breastfeeding much more comfortable.
  • Using herbs while breastfeeding can increase milk supply, it can be used to treat mastitis and thrush, among other things. 
  • For those struggling with dry cracked nipples, you can apply some of your own breast milk as a moisturizer! Do not to do this if you have a thrush infection, as thrush thrives on milk.
  • Engorgement is common in the beginning. Read more about clogged milk ducks.
  • Keep a handy nursing tool kit nearby. Get yourself a special bag for breastfeeding and add things like a burp cloth, lanolin cream, a book, a snack (energy bar or fruit), water and don’t forget your cell phone.
  • If you think that your baby is latching on fine, but you are still suffering from terrible nipple pain, it's best to get your baby checked out by a doctor, to make sure that he/she doesn’t have tongue tie. It can be corrected with a simple procedure and will fix the breastfeeding problem.
  • If your breasts are too hard for your baby to latch onto, you can express a little milk with a breast pump, just before breastfeeding. This will help decrease encouragement, it will get your milk flowing and pull your nipple out a bit. This makes it easier for the baby to latch on and stay latched on.
  • Learn as much as you can about breastfeeding. Read our sitemap for all the info and tips on breastfeeding you will ever need.
  • The easiest breastfeeding position for most first time moms, is lying down while breastfeeding.
  • A mother should try to breastfeed exclusively, without introducing an artificial nipple, until her baby is at least 6 weeks old and this will prevent nipple confusion.
  • Need breastfeeding tips for working mothers? Start pumping a few weeks in advance. Read more about breastfeeding while working.
  • Keep a few snacks and some water nearby during breastfeeding sessions, as most mothers become real thirsty and hungry while they nurse.
  • Make it clear at the hospital that you intend on breastfeeding, this is so that they do not give your baby any supplements unnecessarilyDo not supplement your baby with anything, breast milk will see to all your baby’s needs; under normal circumstances, your baby does not need extra fluids such as water!
  • Remember that your baby’s tummy is very small the first few days and the little bit of colostrum that you produce, is enough to fill his/her tummy. As you continue to breastfeed, your milk supply will increase to meet your baby’s growing needs.
  • Make sure that your baby is facing you, so that his/her neck is not turned. Baby’s face and whole body should be facing the mother’s body.
  • Make sure that your back is supported by plenty of pillows, to prevent back ache.
  • Do not introduce solids until your baby is at least 6 months old, this will ensure that he/she doesn’t get unnecessary gas pain, and it will keep your milk supply from dwindling. 
  • Drinking lots of water can help build a good milk supply. This may also prevent the common breastfeeding headache.
  • Do you need breastfeeding tips and tricks to get your baby to sleep longer at night? Express the extra morning milk for night feedings. The milk in the morning is fattier and will encourage a longer at night.
  • Not sure if you have a low milk supply? First read the signs here
  • What about nipple pain? Temporarily breastfeeding with breast shields can help a mother deal with terribly sore nipples, this will give the nipples some time to heal.
  • Do not bend forward to breastfeed, but rather bring your baby to your breast, this will help to prevent back ache.
  • Wearing your baby has many advantages and can help increase your supply.
  • Do not worry too much about the foods that you eat. Each baby is different and most babies are not allergic to any foods. Newborns have an underdeveloped gut, and most experience some gas issues. Read more about food allergies in the breastfed infant.
  • Go for a birth that is as natural as possible. Medications given to mothers, especially during an epidural, can affect a baby, by making him/her sleepier, therefore, weakening the sucking reflex.
  • Nurse as early as you can, the earlier you start, the quicker you will start to produce more colostrum and milk.
  • Newborns should be breastfed at least every two hours and more if possible. After about 4 weeks you can start breastfeeding on demand. 
  • Normal Jaundice. Your baby will recover from jaundice quicker, if you breastfeed more often. 
  • Most mothers worry about whether their babies are getting enough breast milk. You should notice your baby actively sucking and swallowing during breastfeeding.
  • Scared to breastfeed in public? Read the tips here. 
  • If your baby starts to become distracted at your breast, you can buy a breastfeeding necklace to keep him busy while breastfeeding.
  • Know what oral thrush looks like and how to prevent and treat it. Read more about oral thrush in the breastfed infant.
  • An oversupply of breast milk can cause a lot of breastfeeding problems. 
  • Growth spurts may give the illusion that your milk supply has dropped. Growth spurts can influence frequency of feedings and sleep patterns.
  • If you are pumping daily to increase milk supply, it's best to use an electric, double action, hospital grade pump
  • A sleepy baby is sometimes difficult to keep awake whilst breastfeeding. Read breastfeeding tips and tricks for mothers needing to keep their sleepy babies awake during breastfeeding.
  • Try to stick it out, the first few weeks can be very daunting, but it does get much easier as you go along. 


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