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
Breastfeeding tips and tricks ~ Your tips for breastfeeding success
The first and most important breastfeeding tip, is to attend a breastfeeding class. preferably whilst you are pregnant.
Breastfeed on demand
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.
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
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.
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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 unnecessarily. Do 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.
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.