5 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
Here at TheraB Medical, we understand the importance of bonding with your baby during their first few days of life. While SnugLit allows for breastfeeding during treatment, it may still be a bit tricky regardless. Here are a few tips to hopefully help things go a little smoother:
It generally takes about 3-4 days for your body to begin producing mature milk and this time frame varies greatly. Breastfeeding is also something brand new that might take some time to adjust to. So, go easy on yourself while you're still figuring everything out!
This one’s for both you and your baby. It’s difficult to relax when you’re uncomfortable and your baby may have issues latching correctly if they sense this. It’s important to find positions that are best for you, so don’t be afraid to test things out! For your baby, they’ll likely find their own favorite position, so keep a close eye on how they’re positioned once they begin to breastfeed successfully.
Take Care of Your Skin
The main thing here is to keep up with moisturizing your nipples, especially after feeding. Some products that the Mayo Clinic recommends are Lansinoh or Tender Care Lanolin. It’s also important not to over wash your breasts and to use a gentle cleanser when you do. Over washing can lead to dry or irritated skin.
Let Your Baby Determine Things
Your baby knows best right now about when they’re hungry and when they’re not. Early on, it’s best to let them choose how often and how long they should nurse, rather than setting predetermined times. Nursing might last for 5 minutes or 45 minutes, this may just depend on how fast or slow your baby is eating.
Get Help Right Away
Regardless of how confident you are, the first time you breastfeed your baby you should ask for help. Maternity nurses and lactation consultants are there to assist you! They can provide tips to make sure that things are going their absolute best.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are created for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider if you have any medical concerns.
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