1. Don’t worry about production and frequent nursing hours:
Newborns get hungry often which is normal. Breast milk is the perfect food for them as it is easily digestible, hence kids need to be refueled often. Don’t worry if the baby asks for frequent nursing as it is also helping you produce more. As it works on demand and supply, hence the more you nurse, the more your body will produce.
Unlike bottle feed, since you cannot measure how much milk your baby is getting, new moms often think that if the baby is constantly hungry and crying, she is not making enough milk. This is not right. If your baby is urinating well throughout the day (5-6 diapers a day), your supply is good. So, relax and go with the flow.
If you are still concerned about the production, you can add natural ingredients in your diet to increase the supply. There are plenty of options available in your kitchen.
2. Take care of your nipples:
As the baby latches to your nipples, it is very important to keep it clean. So wipe it after every feed using plain water. Moreover, nipples are already tender and sensitive and tend to swell or feel downright raw after extensive breastfeeding sessions. Some mothers feel pain, redness, itching in the area too which could be due to a bad latch or kids’ biting.
Applying your own breast milk, teabags, warm compressions, even a cabbage leaf covering the entire breast helps in soothing the nipples and healing the blisters and cracks. If you see it is getting worse, do not hesitate to see your doctor. DO NOT rub or scrub your nipples to extract milk from it, it never helps. More so, it leaves you sore and with brittle nipples.
3. Latching position:
It is one of the most important factors while breastfeeding. Though over time and with practice, your baby will identify the best position for himself/herself but a few things for you to keep in mind are:
- Keep your baby at a level where his/her mouth is close to the nipple so that he /she can easily latch it.
- Keep their chin right up against your breast so that their nose is not choked. Many moms prefer breastfeeding while lying down. If at all, you opt for this, ensure the baby’s nose position is clear and not getting choked, Also, the milk is not going to the ears of the baby.
- Keep their head tilted slightly backward.
Try that the baby latches onto not only the nipple but the entire areola part.
4. Drink water, relax and keep stress at bay:
Before and after every feed, try to drink 1-2 glasses of water. This not only keeps you hydrated but also helps in the supply. Most of all, keep yourself stress-free and happy. Take deep breaths and loosen your body. You might be awake throughout the night but remember this phase will soon pass. Thank Almighty for this little bundle of happiness and you will have all the reasons to be happy. A happy mother can raise happy kids.
5. Invest in a good breast pump – LuvLap Sunshine Electric Breast Pump:
No, it’s not a luxury, it is a necessity as it really helps you ease your breastfeeding journey. It helps you express your milk when you feel the breasts are heavy and full and the baby is not hungry yet. Instead of wasting the milk, use LuvLap Sunshine Electric Breast Pump and store your liquid gold in containers and freeze it in the refrigerator.
LuvLap Sunshine Electric Breast Pump is specially designed for lactating mothers and a few of its amazing features include:
- Soft silicone massage cushion that sits comfortably and softly around your skin, making the experience smoother
- Stimulation mode that that allows you to express better and in greater quantity
- 2-in-1 mode with 5 level operation, allows comfortable and faster milk expression
- Boost up mode – increases suction level by 10-30 percent
- Dual power source – electric and alkaline aa battery usage