Breast Feeding Tips for New Mums
Aug 06, 2021
Being a mother is a beautiful journey, breastfeeding may be natural but it needs practice to be a natural at it. Let us look at what to expect and we’ve put together some tips for you to try.
Breast milk comes in three phases and this is what it looks like:
This is the first milk, it is yellow in colour and full of nutrients and antibodies necessary for your baby.
This is comes from 3 to 5 days it is a mix between colostrum and mature breast milk and has an orange colour to it.
Appears from the tenth to the fourteenth day it is white and lighter than transitional milk.
Look out for signs that your baby is hungry
Turning or raising their head repeatedly.
Opening and closing their mouth.
Sticking out their tongue.
Sucking on whatever is close to them.
Comfort is important
Breastfeeding takes time, a bed or spacious sofa with enough pillows to support your back and arms will make sure that it is ideal for you and your baby. Try any one of the two positions for comfortable breastfeeding.
Lie on your side with your baby facing you.
Sit in a reclined position with your baby lying in your arms.
Position your baby so that their mouth is at the same level as your nipple.
Their head should be tilted slightly backward.
The baby should latch onto the entire areola as much as possible, and not just the nipple.
Their chin should be next to your breast so that their nose is clear from obstruction.
Let your baby decide how much and for how long
Allow your baby to let you know when they are ready to feed, avoiding setting feeding times, and let them sleep uninterrupted. When they do breastfeed it can be from a short as ten minutes to as long as forty minutes, let them feed at their own pace and intervals.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated and keep your milk flowing.
Eat a balanced diet of protein, calcium, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables daily.
Include healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids.
Keep taking your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding.
Wash at least once a day with a gentle mild soap.
After feeding, use a soft cloth to dry your breasts.
Let your breasts air out often to avoid irritation from clothing.
Engorgement is a painful swelling and hardening of your breasts that occurs when you produce more milk than your baby can consume; try to breastfeed as often as possible.
For relief try manually expressing the breast milk by gently massaging the areola between your fingers. Alternatively, express milk under a warm shower, which helps the milk to flow easily. If you have a pump, use this until your breasts soften and feel comfortable again.
Ask for help
In the beginning, breastfeeding takes getting used to when your baby latches on, this is should not be a painful experience. If breastfeeding hurts, get help from a healthcare professional.