Don’t we all agree that the mom’s milk is just the best for a newborn? Not only is it packed with nutrients that help build an initial immunity in babies, but it also ensures an optimal development and growth of newborns. That is why many suggest mothers to breastfeed their babies, especially during the initial six months (1). But, at times, the new moms struggle as breastfeeding is a task that requires a lot of care and attention. So, to make this just a tiny bit easier for you, we bring you some incredible tips to help you out:
1. That Perfect Latch
The most important aspect of breastfeeding is how well the baby latches on. Why? Because it is essential that the baby is able to consume the milk properly, without any difficulties. And, a proper latch is important to achieve this goal. An improper latch, on the other hand, may result in a scenario where the little one is either not able to receive adequate milk or has to bite onto the nipples to maintain the grip. So, it is vital that you ensure that your infant latches on properly, even if you need to take help.
2. The Baby Knows More Than You Can Imagine
Believe it or not, the babies subtly let their moms know about their needs. So, if they are crying, it probably means that they are hungry. Whereas, if they stop feeding after a while, it is most likely because they are full. So, if you force them to follow a stringent schedule, it may have an opposite effect. They might just end up feeding comparatively less or even get irritated. So, let the little ones set their own schedule. And, you just take the cue and feed them accordingly.
3. Follow A Nutritious Diet
Whatever you decide to eat has some effect on breast milk. So, in a way, the nutrition that your little one receives is significantly dependent on the foods that you ingest. Thus, it becomes vital for you to consume healthy and nutritious foods. And, only when you do that can you make sure that your infant gets proper milk too. Also, it may come as a surprise but the foods that you ingest might influence your milk’s taste as well. So, you can try experimenting a little with your meals so that your tiny tot can get exposed to different flavors.
4. Start Soon After The Arrival
It is essential that you start breastfeeding your baby soon after the birth. This is because even your first milk comprises of a lot of nutrients that your little one requires. In fact, you may also be asked by the doctors or the nurses to do the honors within an hour or so. In addition, by starting so early, you can help your little one comprehend how the breastfeeding process works (at least a little bit). And, they may also learn a trick or two about how to latch on properly.
5. Make Sure That The Little One Is Comfortable
At times, during breastfeeding, you may have to hold onto your baby in certain situations. And, that is why it is essential that you make sure that both you and your little one are as comfortable as possible. And, by doing so, you not only make sure that your newborn receives proper nutrition, but you also ensure that you don’t get tired too easily. For instance, you can put a pillow on your lap before placing your baby to make sure that the height is optimum.
How has the breastfeeding experience been for you? Have you also learned something new along the way that can prove to be helpful to fellow moms? If yes, please share with us in the comments section below! Happy breastfeeding and motherhood. Cheers!
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