Breastfeeding Tips 101 What Every Beginner Mom Should Expect
You’ve been preparing for your baby for nine months and now that he or she’s finally here, you are probably feeling a mixture of euphoria and exhaustion! The process of breastfeeding starts right away but don’t worry, you’re going to do great! It’s okay to not be an expert on breastfeeding from the start, so we’ve consolidated our Momsense most useful tips to help you get started successfully.
The first step to breastfeeding your newborn baby is to enjoy some skin-to-skin contact. This is known to improve your baby’s blood sugar levels, stabilize blood saturation, keep your baby warm, reduce crying, and improve breastfeeding all together. Simply place your baby on your chest right after birth, if feasible, and practice latching with your baby when he or she is showing hunger cues. Do this by gently navigating his head towards your breast. This is a great time to practice nursing since your baby will probably be alert, before falling asleep. Don’t stress if your baby doesn’t latch right away! Be patient. This can take time and a few tries before you and baby get it right.
Taking Care of Yourself
In order to make sure your milk supply continues to build when you’re not nursing, try expressing your milk 8 times each day. You can express your milk by gently massaging your breasts. Cup each breast just behind your areola, the darker part of your breast, and squeeze gently. A lactation consultant can help you with this if there is any difficulty. Learning to express your milk manually can go a long way in preventing more pain or discomfort. Search online for “hand expression” to learn different techniques. Be sure to lie on your back and express small amounts of milk to feel some relief if your breasts feel too full.
For the Tough Days
When nursing a newborn, you can expect sensitive nipples but breastfeeding shouldn’t be a painful experience! To soothe sore nipples, use pure lanolin cream by applying a small amount after breastfeeding or even try applying a couple drops of your breast milk. Within 3-5 days after birth, your breasts may become engorged due to an increase in milk and fluid build-up. If you’re nursing frequently and effectively, the engorgement should gradually subside on its own within 1-2 days. A cold compress can help with swelling between feedings, and a warm compress can help with your milk flow before nursing. Pain, bleeding or cracking are all signs that your baby has not properly latched. If your baby won’t latch properly and your sensitivity is greater than normal without improvement, again, don’t hesitate to call a lactation consultant for help!
Monitor. Listen. Experience.
It’s a smart idea to track your baby’s nursing habits in the first days by monitoring the number of wet and soiled diapers. For example, on day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 expect your baby to have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 wet diapers, respectively. As soon as your colostrum turns to milk, remember, we’re here to help! The Smart Breastfeeding Meter can help you monitor your baby’s nursing volume and habits starting around 4-5 days after birth. Listen to your baby nurse with our innovative earphones and see your baby’s swallows on the app screen. At the end of each session you’ll get a volume report. With the Momsense mobile application, it’s possible to create a feeding diary with your baby’s nursing reports by using the real-time reports. You can also record your baby’s weight, photos and unique vocal album with the sweetest sounds in the world. With Momsense, you will have comfort in knowing how much your baby has nursed.
Fall in love with your baby and enjoy this special time with peace of mind. You deserve it!