Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms from a Lactation Expert

It is normal for a new mom to be worried about breastfeeding.If you plan to or have already started breastfeeding, you must be having many questions in your mind. Ms.Kanimozhi Senthamarai Kannan, an Internationally Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor shares with us how a good start in breastfeeding can help you in your journey.

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy – especially at first, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. Learn as much as you can about breastfeeding even before your baby’s born; consider taking a breastfeeding class by a Certified Lactation Educator and Counsellor. Naturally, your body is prepared for breastfeeding, the change in the breast is due to milk production, and hence one cannot say they don’t have milk for their new-born baby. Your breastfeeding class should cover, at a minimum:

  • How breastfeeding works
  • How to establish a good milk supply
  • How to get your baby to latch
  • How to know if your baby is getting enough milk
  • Positions for breastfeeding

Equip yourself with knowledge of Advantages of breastfeeding, Breastfeeding basics, Positioning, Proper latch-on, and Breast pumps. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby. Breast milk is easier to digest than a commercial formula, and the antibodies in breast milk boost your baby’s immune system. Breast milk is the best milk and encourages breastfeeding over formula, Breastfeeding within one hour of delivery, Skin-to-skin contact to inspire breastfeeding, learning about safe medications while breastfeeding and preparing for the first four weeks of feeding you’re new-born.

Reading about breastfeeding is one thing. Doing it on your own is something else. Feeding a new-born every few hours can be tiring, and it’s OK to have a slow start. Just remember that the more often you breastfeed your baby, the more milk your breasts will produce — and the more natural breastfeeding is likely to feel.

Ask a lactation consultant or your baby’s doctor for help if needed — especially if every feeding is painful or your baby isn’t gaining weight. Although your nipples might be tender for the first few weeks, breastfeeding isn’t supposed to hurt.  Hopefully learning the basics, having a positive attitude and being with others will be enough to get breastfeeding off to a good start for you.

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