Breastfeeding- The First Step Of Motherhood
Breast milk is an elixir of good health for your baby. Simply start breastfeeding them the first time you get the little one in your arms. Whether you breastfeed your little one for a few days, weeks or several months, it’s the early milk from the mother (called as colostrums) that helps the baby produce antibodies which protect him/her against various diseases. Not only will breast milk help your baby get immune towards unwarranted illnesses, nursing a baby is also great for the mother.
We give you a few rules of breastfeeding that are easy to follow, and make breastfeeding a better experience for both you and your baby.
Start As Early As Possible
When you meet your baby for the first time, try breastfeeding right away. It’s a good idea to try breastfeeding immediately after birth, though the first session can take a little more time.
Practice the Perfect Hold
Hold your baby close to your chest and touch her lips with your nipple, so she opens up her mouth. Hold your breast for support and make sure the baby latches on to the whole nipple with some aerola. Sucking is a natural reflex in babies and soon the little one will close her mouth around your nipple and start nursing. If you are having difficulty positioning the baby just right, ask the nurse for assistance the first few times.
Don’t Worry If You Don’t Succeed Immediately
This is very important — as a new mom, you are anxious to get your baby to start nursing immediately, so she gets the nourishment she needs. But don’t be disheartened if your first few attempts aren’t successful. Since both you and your baby are new to breastfeeding, it can require multiple tries to get it right. The older the baby gets and the more you practice breastfeeding, the easier it’ll get for both of you. Stay calm, keep trying and ask for assistance without panicking.
Practice It Often
If your baby latches on to your breast correctly, she will be full within no time. But if your baby is latched on for longer, it probably means that she isn’t getting enough milk. Don’t worry; she will learn as she grows. Don’t impose any time-limits on breastfeeding and practice often.
It’s Alright to Sweat A lot In The Beginning
You are new to breastfeeding and feeling nervous, your body is going through serious hormonal changes after the delivery, and you’re also burning a lot more calories when you nurse your baby. As a result, you may experience excessive sweating, and that’s nothing to worry about.
You will be nursing very often to ensure your baby is healthy and well-fed, so make sure that you choose a comfortable position for breastfeeding. Many babies nurse for longer initially as they are trying to learn the ropes, and some babies also like to use their mother as a pacifier. In any case, figure out what is the most comfortable for you – a chair, the bed or the couch, and use comfortable pillows to prop yourself up so you can stay in a stable position without getting exhausted in 15 minutes. Support the arm that’s holding the baby’s head and try to relax while the baby feeds.