Breastfeeding Tips: The Do's & Don'ts for Moms

Breastfeeding Do's & Don'ts

Here are some easy-to-follow "do's and don'ts" when it comes to breastfeeding!

Do ...

  • Meet up with a lactation specialist. They can offer tips and tricks to helping you get acclimated with this process. Most insurances cover in and out of hospital appointments, and there’s a specialist in every area, as well as a support group for mums that nurse.
  • Have patience. It can take some time to get used to the sensation of breastfeeding. Your baby may also refuse your nipple at first. Nursing is a process. Some babies pick it up right away, while others take some time. If you stress yourself out, this will affect your milk production and will not be an enjoyable act for anyone.
  • Invest in breastfeeding accessories. Nipple cream, a nursing pillow, and breast pads are a must. They help make you more comfortable and combat the effects of nursing.
  • Feed your baby 8-10 times in a 24 hour period. This ensures they are getting enough nourishment and staying hydrated. A good way to check this is to keep track of how many diapers you’re changing every day, wet and dry. This information is important to take to your doctor’s appointments since they will be monitoring your baby’s weight and checking to make sure they are getting enough milk with each feeding.
  • Choose a quiet location. Nursing can require some calm and concentration at first. So, select a place to nurse that puts you at ease both mentally and physically.
  • Eat a few extra hundred calories a day. This ensures your body has enough energy to produce a great amount of milk.
  • Eat well! Green, leafy vegetables are perfect to eat while nursing, as are lean proteins, fruit, and legumes.
  • Get enough sleep during the day. It’s normal to feel tired when you have an infant, but you have to try to take naps to keep up your energy and milk supply so your baby can grow and develop in a healthy way.

Don't ...

  • Bring your breast to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you. Support your baby’s spine and cradle him comfortably at the base of his head and guide him toward your body.
  • Shove your breast in your baby’s mouth. Your baby will receive as much of your breast as it can comfortably.
  • Get discouraged. If it hurts when you’re nursing, try to relatch. Keep in mind it can take some time to build up a pain tolerance and get the positioning right.
  • Teach your baby to nipple feed. In order for nursing to be pain free, easier, and a bonding experience, teach your baby to nurse from your breast by making sure your nipple gets placed between your baby’s hard and soft palette.
  • Consume alcohol or smoke while you’re nursing. Certain foods can also irritate your baby, so be sure to eat well and often to keep your milk production up.
  • Let others shame you. If you need to breastfeed in public, go for it. There’s nothing more natural or healthy for your child.

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