Our top tips to ensure that breastfeeding doesn’t suck
1. Not every baby can latch straight away
While some mothers can magically get their baby to latch straight from the womb, most seem to have trouble. This can be disheartening for new mums, who may also be experiencing tenderness and pain post birth, not to mention extreme fatigue. Babies are just learning and it can take them (and you!) a little practice to achieve the latch position. However if you master this, it will become almost second nature for both the mother and baby.
2. A well-fed mother ensures a healthy baby
The nutrients in the mothers diet directly transfers to the child through nursing. So it’s important to ensure you are eating healthy food to ensure a healthy milk supply to the baby. Foods such as fatty fish, oats, walnuts and protein-rich foods all help enhance the nutritional quality of the milk.
3. Breastfeeding a child, especially a newborn, can be time-consuming
A baby, especially at the infant stage, will likely require feeding every two hours on average, for at least 20-30 minutes. Try to ensure the baby has drained at least one breast per feeding session. The milk that initially comes out of the breast is called ‘foremilk’ and is often low on nutrients. The ‘hindmilk’, that the baby gets towards the end of the feeding, is the one that is loaded with all the healthy fats and nutrients, so try not to switch too quickly.
4. Finding the right feeding position is crucial
Finding the right position to breastfeed your child is often overlooked as a priority. The right position not only helps in getting comfortable with the feeding process but also helps avoiding unnecessary strains in mum’s neck and back. There are various positions like laid-back feeding, cradle hold, crossover, and side-lying; that are recommended by experts. Give it a try and figure out what works best for you – no one size fits all.
5. Do not be afraid to ask for help!
Breastfeeding can be really tricky, despite all the tips and tricks to make it a seamless process and there can be a lot of pressure on a mother to feed the baby perfectly and go through postpartum easy breezy! There is zero shame in acknowledging that you’re having problems, talking to your partner, friends and family can all help. If breastfeeding is placing you or your child under a lot of emotional and physical stress then do not beat yourself up, it isn’t for everyone. Breastfeeding is a personal choice and ultimately fed really is best.