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6 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

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Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

6  Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

The benefits of breastfeeding are well-known but for new moms, it can be bit intimidating and even a little difficult. You’re unsure of how to hold the baby and some newborns have a hard time latching on. When she’s really hungry and having problems eating, it adds to the stress and makes it even harder to breastfeed but don’t worry. There are ways to make this natural process go a little smoother.

Here are six tips on breastfeeding for new moms to make this wonderful experience a little less stressful for both you and baby:

  1. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Learning how to breastfeed properly is critical during the first few days. The hospital staff is there to help. They will teach you the proper way to hold baby and give you tips for helping her latch on, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  2. Relax and get comfortable when breastfeeding. Find a nice comfy chair with good back support. Sit back and bring your baby to you instead of leaning into her. When you’re comfortable and relaxed, she’ll feel calmer and breastfeeding will be a lot smoother.
  3. Remove your baby carefully. If you need to stop breastfeeding before she is finished, don’t try to pull her off. Slide your finger into the corner of her mouth to help separate her from your breast. It will release the suction motion and make it less painful for you.
  4. Avoid giving baby a bottle or pacifier for the first 4-6 weeks if possible,or until they’ve established a good breastfeeding routine. The sucking motion is different from that of breastfeeding, which can confuse newborns and cause problems during feedings. If you do return to work soon and need to use a bottle when you’re away, choose one designed for breastfed babies to help reduce stress.
  5. Feed your newborn when you first notice she is getting hungry. If you get started before she’s too hungry, things will go a little smoother. Make sure your baby nurses thoroughly before switching to the other breast. If she is full after the first breast, start with the other one at the next feeding time.
  6. Take care of yourself. You can’t feed your baby properly when your breasts are chapped and sore. Moisturize them and watch for signs of irritation or other problems so you can take care of them before things get too bad.

Be sure to pick up a couple of nursing bras and have some loose fitting shirts on hand for your comfort and use these tips to help make breastfeeding a little easier. It’s a wonderful experience that helps baby and mom bond even closer. It’s also healthier for her and you, even though it can feel strange at first

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10 Comments

  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Yes yes yes!!! Asking for help is so important!! I found the first month was seriously the hardest and asking for help saved me!! We ended up making our breastfeeding journey 18 months so you could say it was very successful 🙂

    February 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    THese are great tips. I am glad that the situation has improved so much over the time when I was breastfeeding.

    February 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Amy Hall

    Definitely try a bottle sooner if it’s imperative baby take one and nursing is going well, but anytime tips can get out there it’s good. I knew next to nothign about breastfeeding when I had my first and had to do a crash course of stuff. With my third I feel like a pro but still have issues making enough milk due to PCOS.

    February 4, 2017 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Christina Skinner

    Great tips! I’ve breast fed 3 babies and still going with my 2.5 year old. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s been so worth it.

    February 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Deborah D

    I will tell my sister about this post. She is due in May.

    February 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Dotty J Boucher

    These are wonderful tips, I know when I was breast feeding for the first time, I was so glad to have the
    help from a nurse , Because I had no idea what I was doing..
    @tisonlyme143

    February 2, 2017 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Unfortunately, when I was nursing my kids (40 yrs ago) there was no help in hospital for breast feeding and very little help elsewhere too. Back in those days a lot of people thought a bottle was easier and safer, sigh.

    February 2, 2017 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    Great tips. Also check your local breastfeeding group on Facebook. My local group meet up once every two weeks. On Facebook group moms can ask any questions anytime.

    Also wanted to add here that newborn nurse a small amount of breastmilk such like a marble. In time the baby grow to increase their breastmilk intake. Your breast know how much your baby nurse. Amazing right? Nurse on even when sick.

    February 2, 2017 at 4:14 am
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    These are great tips! Breastfeeding can be very difficult those first few weeks. It is so worth it to stick with it! I wish all new mommies had time to relax and were able to get the support they need!

    February 1, 2017 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply janie vezina

    thank you for the advice and tips. not a new mom, but seeing this stuff was missed before, using this info for the next chance.

    February 1, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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