Top Breastfeeding Tips
- Feed on Demand. Think about it. How many times have you eaten or drank in the last 24 hours? Snacks and all beverages count. The average adult eats and drinks about 7-12 times in a day. How could you expect less than that from your baby who, in the beginning, only has the stomach about the size of a large grape? Feed your baby whenever he asks for as long as he wants to, until she unlatches himself from the breast.
- In the beginning, always offer both sides. Unless you are a big fan of engorgement, mastitis or plugged ducts, please feed on both sides each time you nurse. Feed on one side, burp your child and then offer the other. She may not be hungry enough to feed on both sides every time, but she often will, especially during a growth spurt.
- Drink a glass of water both before and after each breastfeeding session. Milk does not make milk, water does. Breastfeeding can be very dehydrating. If you are not hydrated enough, you are not going to make enough milk for your little one. Please fill up, before you let down.
- Be gentle with yourself. While breastfeeding is a natural thing that our bodies were designed to do, it takes a little skill, a little practice and a lot of patient to get the right position and latch. Be kind to yourself and your baby. It may take a few days or weeks, but eventually, it will feel like it has always been so easy.
- If it hurts, get help. While your nipples may be a little chapped or uncomfortable at first, it SHOULD NOT HURT!!! If it hurts, get help because something isn’t right. See your healthcare professional. Also try either
- or a good quality nipple butter it will make a big difference.
Rachel Reeves, M.S.W (Master's of Social Work) Doula, Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counselor USA