OCTOBER 26, 2017
breastfeeding tips from the experts
We’ve put together some golden nuggets of information from the experts just for you!
- Pace yourself in the beginning. Breastfeeding for too long at first can wreak havoc on your nipples. Experts suggest that you start with 10-15 minutes per breast at first until you get acclimated.
- It’s perfectly normal for newborns to lose about 10% of their body weight in the first few days of their life so don’t be alarmed - this isn’t a sign of undernourishment.
- Don’t follow a feeding schedule. The best way to ensure your baby is getting the right amount of milk is to breastfeed on your baby’s hunger cues.
- Don’t fret if your baby sleeps for a while and doesn’t wake up for feedings on the first day. This is perfectly normal.
- Bottle feeding should be introduced around 21 - 28 days, or later. Trying to bottle feed too early may lead to nipple confusion.
- Mums don’t have to follow a particular diet to breastfeed, just eat a healthy and balanced diet. If you notice that your baby’s in distress in reaction to certain foods, then stop eating them.
- Avoid foods that the baby’s father is allergic to.
- Touch base with a breastfeeding counsellor or lactation specialist even if you’re not having any problems. They are great resources for information and advice.
- Prepare yourself for breastfeeding - take classes, read books, and talk to other mums. It will ease your nerves, especially if this is your first time breastfeeding.
- Take care of yourself too! Make sure you are eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest. This will lower your stress levels and help your milk supply.
- Proper positioning and latch techniques are the key to avoiding uncomfortable sore and cracked nipples.
- If your baby bites you during breastfeeding, say ‘No’ and remove your baby from your breast. This way your baby learns that they can’t breastfeed if they bite.
- Breastfeeding is not easy for all mums. If it’s not working for you, don’t be hard on yourself. Find out what works best for you and your baby and be proud of what you accomplish as a mother.