Breastfeeding is not as simple as it seems and as many mothers will know, there’s a lot to think about once you’ve decided to start breastfeeding. Consider the following breastfeeding tips to help you make breastfeeding as easy and rewarding as it was meant to be.
- Bring your baby to your breast, not your breast to your baby.
- Remember your baby’s feeding position: chin to breast and nose to nipple.
- Eat and drink plenty and regularly.
- Accept all offers of help in the early weeks so you can devote yourself to establishing breastfeeding.
- Avoid sore nipples by making sure your baby latches on properly.
- Top-up meals shouldn’t be necessary.
- Be confident in your ability to feed your baby. You can do it.
- Relax – after all, both you and baby are learning.
- Expressing and storing some breast milk can give you more flexibility and freedom.
- Enjoy this special warmth, closeness and bonding time with your baby – even if it does seem to take up all your time at first!
- Feeding on demand ensures a good supply of breast milk.
- It’s very rare not to have enough milk.
Always seek prompt medical attention if :
- Your baby seems unusually sleepy and /or refuses to breastfeed.
- Your baby seems unusually unsettled and is crying more than usual.
- You feel flu-like, hot, cold, aching or generally unwell.
- You have any redness, tenderness or lumpiness in your breasts.