How To Make Breastfeeding Less Stressful?
Even though the assumptions say that breastfeeding comes naturally to the mother as honey comes to bees, there the truth might be a bit jarring and come as a bit of a disappointment. Breastfeeding can bring in a whole charade of challenges along with it. However, there are some things which we can do to help make the process a bit less tedious. Let us explore some the things which can help you actually enjoy the process.
Start breastfeeding as soon as you can, as babies’ senses are heightened at the first hour after birth and are neurologically enabled to find the breast. Try to squeeze in a few minutes of breastfeeding right after the delivery, and this might be the start that you need for a better breastfeeding experience.
Skin to skin:
Skin to skin is encouraged by most doctors nowadays as it is known for creating a bond. Place your baby on your bare chest and the close physical contact will help calm the baby and help her feeding instincts take off.
Read the signs:
Keep and eye out for the non-verbal cues which the baby adopt in order to communicate that they want to feed. If the baby is chewing on his hands, turning his head sideways or bringing his hands to his face, identify those signs and respond to them. Don't wait for the baby to cry, as it might be more difficult to calm her at that point.
If you feel tight, firm, and full, it might mean that your mature milk coming in after the baby is done with the colostrum. Feed your baby, hand express or pump the milk out, so that the engorgement can go away, as the baby finds it harder to latch on when your breast is engorged. Get sleep: Don’t let breastfeeding rob you of your sleep. Even if you are the consistent source of nutrition for your baby, start pumping more often so that other people|(spouse, in-laws, parents) can also contribute towards feeding the baby. A well-rested you can take better care of the baby. Maintain your milk supply by pumping at regular intervals.
Hydration is the key:
Drinking water solves most of the problems, even though it seems like a no-brainer. With everything that your body is enduring during the postpartum period. Incorporating enough hydration throughout your day is essential for you to be able to provide nutrition for your child.
A new mom will be spoilt for choice of options available for nipple creams. There are many great, natural nipple creams out there which will help in soothing, moisturizing, help you heal a sore area and provide you with a lot of relief.
Latching is key:
Your experience with nursing is hugely reflected in your ability to help your baby latch correctly. The key is to make sure your baby’s mouth is wide open, like a yawn, before feeding. Position yourselves in a way so that your baby's stomach is touching yours, so she doesn't have to struggle much to latch and point your nipple at her nose instead of her mouth so that she'll lift her head up and latch on deeper and better. Avoid pushing the back of your baby's head, as it instinctively encourages him to resist the touch, rather, put a gentle arm at the nape of your baby's neck while bringing the baby to your breast, suggests lactation consultant, Leigh Anne O'Connor, International Board of Certified Lactation
Consider Alternate sides:
Alternate sides while breastfeeding so that you feed on one side in one nursing session and move to the other the next time. Giving baby a full feed from each side allows milk production to stay consistent, as the current milk supply is being emptied out.
Pump when needed:
In cases where a new mom is facing problem latching correctly and breastfeeding being painful or inconvenient, pumping is a great option, as it eliminates those shortcomings and also makes it convenient for many situations. This can be an excellent opportunity for the whole family to get involved and you can also get your older kids to help you out, as this activity will make them feel more involved with the baby.
Feeding pillows, also termed nursing pillows, are U-shaped pillows which go around your waist to provide relief to your back, neck, spine, and arms. These can make breastfeeding way more comfortable, prevent refluxes, and help you heal if you just had a c-section.
Despite the trials and error associated with breastfeeding, it is one of the most rewarding experiences which every mother hope of experiencing. Sometimes, things don't exactly go as planned, and things can get frustrating, however, with certain handy tips, situations can turn around for better and make the whole process a lot easier and memorable.