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Nursing your baby is no easy feat. Luckily, we've rounded up the only breastfeeding tips you'll ever need, from the experts who've figured out the smartest tricks, shortcuts, and solutions. Nursing may be natural, but it's also downright difficult. While 83 percent of mothers breastfeed soon after birth, only 57 percent are still nursing six months later, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC.
That's a surprisingly low considering that the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months. The benefits of breastfeeding range from prevention of childhood obesity to decreased risk of infection, SIDS, and allergies. If you decide to give breastfeeding a try, rest assured that with a little bit of patience, some smart planning, and a firm resolution, you have increased chance of success.
Read on for some simple, proven tips to help you make it through those early days. Line up help. She can share tips that will help in the beginning, and you'll know whom to call if you have a problem. Louis, Missouri, area. See the real thing. If not, attend a La Leche League meeting or another breastfeeding support group where you can see moms feeding their babies. Create a space for breastfeeding.
Before Baby arrives, create a "nursing station"— an area with a comfortable chair, a breastfeeding pillow, and a side table for snacks, water, nursing p, burp cloths, your phone, and a good book. You'll spend a lot of time there! Tell the hospital what you want. Rooming in will help you bond with your babylearn feeding cues, and better establish breastfeeding.
Don't wait to get help. If your doctor says your baby is not gaining enough weightcall. If your nipple is injured, call. If your gut says something isn't right, speak up. You can save yourself weeks and weeks of pain and trouble. Try to nurse within the first hour after delivery.
It may seem like you're producing very little at first — maybe just a few drops of colostrum — but a 1- or 2-day-old baby's stomach is only the size of a marble. Jen's Guide to Breastfeeding. Enlist Dad. D can be good problem-solvers, and you may find yourself feeling so overwhelmed and sleep- deprived that it will be hard for you to process information. Focus on those little feet. It makes them feel more secure. Avoid formula at first. Any formula that's not medically necessary can affect your milk supply. Position yourselves nose to nipple, belly to belly.
And point your nipple at her nose, not at her mouth, so she'll lift her head up, open her mouth wide, and latch on deeply. Encourage a mouthful. Press between his shoulders firmly to bring him to you, while you support your breast. Your nipple will fill the roof of his mouth.
If it still hurts after the first few sucks, de-latch and reposition. Don't push the back of your baby's head. Instead, put your hands at the nape of your baby's neck, and bring him swiftly to your breast. Don't count minutes. It's typical for some babies to take one breast at some feedings and both breasts at some. Avoid pacifiers at first. After that, offering a pacifier shouldn't hurt. Lie on your side. Put a pillow between your knees and your arm under your head, and bring the baby in facing you. Have someone help you at first.
Try a nursing stool. When I watch a mother use one, I can see right away on her face how much more comfortable she is. Offer the first bottle at 4 to 6 weeks. Have someone other than you give the first one — and get out of the house so you're not tempted to help out. Don't buy a whole nursing wardrobe. If you wear a blouse over a camisole, you'll have a lot of coverage.
Lose the snooze. Pay attention to your diet. You'll need even more calories when breastfeeding than while pregnant— about more per day than in the last trimester, even more if you're exercising or have multiples. But don't go overboard; three well-balanced meals a day plus healthful snacks should cover it.
Look at your baby, not at the scale. If you received a lot of IV fluids during labor, your baby could be artificially 'heavier' at birth. If he has low weight gain, but he's smiling, his linear growth and head circumference and neurological development are notably okay, I'd get a second opinion before giving formula. Try a stronger pump. Don't get a used pump. Ease in. Understand how much milk babies actually drink. By about 1 month, a baby has established how much breast milk she'll need and you don't have to keep increasing how much she eats as she grows.
But a lot of moms and docs are still applying formula rules to breast milk-fed babies. So remember: If you'll be pumping for the next day's feedings when you go back to work, all you really have to do is maintain your current supply. Feed the baby, not the freezer. You may end up with clogged ducts, mastitis, letdown that's too fast, and exhaustion. You need only a small reserve. Get the right fit.
If the standard shields that come with your pump are too tight or too big, you won't pump as much milk and you could even cause damage. A lactation consultant can help you choose the right ones. Make your own DIY hands-free bra. Instead, buy a sports bra that's snug, cut little slits in it, and stick the breast shields in there. Get in the mood. Search 'podcasts for breastfeeding' on iTunes for a free one. Make cleaning a breeze. You can simply put all the parts in a plastic bag, store them in a fridge or a cooler, and pull them out to use again a few hours later.
Heal damaged nipples. Resolve tongue-tie. A specialist can treat the problem. Prevent blocked ducts. That includes baby carriersdiaper-bag straps, even sleeping on the same side every night. Nursing pillow. Unlike other pillows, it wraps around your body and helps with positioning. It can also relieve stress on your back, neck, and shoulders. Sore-nipple soother. Lanolin-based creams are a proven remedy, but some consultants prefer organic coconut oil or Motherlove nipple cream, which are not animal products.
Lanolin comes from sheep. Either can occasionally cause an allergic reaction in a sensitive mom. All are considered safe for babies. Water-based hydrogels can also promote healing.Looking for lactating woman first time
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Breastfeeding: Basics and Tips for Nursing Your Baby