5 Breastfeeding Tips You Need Now-:
Breastfeeding may be the most natural thing there is, but it can take a lot of work before it seems that way. We’ve assembled 10 helpful tips for new moms and moms-to-be on breastfeeding and increasing lactation.
1. Don’t Scrub Your Nipples-:
We’re not really sure which old wife started this rumor, but using a scrub brush or loofah on your nipples to “toughen them up” is completely unnecessary.
Pregnancy is hard enough without adding chapped, sore nipples to your list of complaints.
2. Be a Little Patient While Your Milk Comes In-:
When you’re still pregnant your body starts producing colostrum. Colostrum is a nutrient-rich, syrupy, pre-milk miracle that your baby needs in its first few days of life.
After two to three days your body typically starts producing milk; however, it can take five or six days for some moms, and that’s OK. If you’re concerned, call a lactation consultant LLLI.org.
3. Know That Newborns Nurse A LOT-:
Newborns are constantly hungry, and that’s OK. Breastmilk is the perfect food for babies, and is quickly digested. With a stomach the size of an egg, it’s expected that babies will need to refuel often.
Frequent nursing also serves another purpose. Your breasts work on supply and demand. The greater the demand, the more milk your body will produce. Your baby is helping your body to learn how much milk it needs to make. So grab a seat and relax. You’re going to be here for a while.
4. Try Not to Worry Too Much About Supply-:
One of the difficulties in breastfeeding is not having a way of seeing how much milk your baby is getting. When your baby seems like she’s always hungry, it’s easy to worry you’re not making enough milk.
How much milk you can pump is not at all related to how much milk your baby is getting. As long as your baby is making at least five or six wet diapers a day, your supply is just fine.
5. Learn to Love Cluster Feedings-:
The time when many moms worry the most is when baby suddenly goes from feeding every few hours to demanding to nurse every few minutes. Cluster feedings have more to do with times of rapid change than with your supply.
Growth spurts usually last two or three days and happen at about 1 week old, 3 weeks old, 6 weeks old, and again at 3, 4, 6, and 9 months old. Added bonus, when the cluster feedings are finally over, your milk supply will have increased.