Breastfeeding is a necessary practice that is not quite easy for all new moms to get comfortable and familiar with. Not to worry, repetitive practice makes it easier with time.
There are some ways you can make breastfeeding easier as a new mom and here are five tips for you.
1. Breastfeed skin to skin
Going skin to skin will help to trigger your baby’s feeding instincts and keep him or her from being fussy and restless. Remove your top and bra and hold the baby to your chest while you breastfeed.
You can cover yourself with a wrapper or soft blanket if you’re uncomfortable with staying bare.
2. Practice pumping regularly
Start getting familiar with the breast pump. especially if your maternity leave is due to be over very soon. This would help you to create a regimen that can work for you and your baby.
Also, try to pump a few minutes after you feed your baby in the morning as this is the time when milk supply is increased.
You can also pump and feed at the same time, this would help you save time and get familiar with pumping.
3. Take sleep time seriously
As a new mom, you already know that you work by your baby’s schedule. This can be tiring but ensure that you get enough sleep as this would affect milk production and energy levels.
You can pump enough milk and store it for later and your spouse can feed the baby while you get the sleep you deserve. It would also help your baby and spouse to bond early on.
4. Monitor the number of times you feed
This would help you to gauge the number of times you need to feed and therefore the quantity of milk you should have already pumped if you are going back to work.
It would also help you to know if your baby is having issues with appetite and eating well.
5. Research on breastfeeding before delivery
This would help you to plan ahead. The time right after birth would be a very busy one and you would probably be in pain and not in the mood to learn something new.
Ask other experienced moms and midwives for breastfeeding tips and techniques that can help you. Also, read books on breastfeeding so that you can have some knowledge before your baby comes.