Breastfeeding is one of the first intimate moments of affection shared between a mother and her child, and it is vital to start off smoothly. Below are some quick facts and breastfeeding tips that would aid this process of breastfeeding as well as mentally prepare you for it.
Stages of Breast Milk
Colostrum is the initial yellow substance that contains all the antibodies and nutrients for the child.
Transitional milk is the milk that is released 3- 5 days after your child is born which resembles a mixture of milk and orange juice.
Mature milk is the milk that is released between the 10th and 14th day and is thinner in consistency.
Attach the latch
Comfort is the key, and getting one that supports the back, neck, and shoulder without causing any pain to the body is one of the most important breastfeeding tip for moms. The baby must be placed tummy to tummy while feeding, and in case the toddler isn’t able to latch on, take the help of a lactation consultant who may further guide you with a nipple shield. Suckling is the process of extracting milk from the breast by sucking, swallowing, and breathing sip-wise. If the baby isn’t still able to latch on, put a finger in the toddler’s mouth and pull the breast out. Repeat the process until you get a seal that meets the purpose of covering both the areola and nipple.
A full-time task
Breastfeeding a newborn is roughly done every 2-3 hours. The feeding is considered over when the mother can feel that at least one breast is entirely drained. The average time span for a baby to do so can last from 20-45 minutes. The hind milk is the most important for the baby as this contains all the healthy fats. The baby will pull away when they are full.
Right Breastfeeding Position
The Cradle-hold is a breastfeeding position that involves placing the child on your lap with a pillow’s help to elevate their head for ease to latch on to the mother.
Laidback breastfeeding is when the mother is laying flat on the ground, and the baby is on the front of the mother, letting gravity aid with the process.
Crossover Hold involves holding your baby’s head from behind the ears and using one hand to cup your breast to feed the child.
Football hold is perfect for those mothers who have undergone a C-section and is done by bringing the baby’s face towards the nipple after elevating the child’s head.
Side-lying breastfeeding position is perfect for the night as both the mother and child face each other while the mother feeds the child by cupping her breast.
Causes of sore nipples
Mastitis (breast infection due to inflammation), blocked milk ducts (red and blemished breasts), or sore and cracked nipples (due to overuse of breasts) are some causes of sore nipples.
Breastfeeding can seem quite complicated initially, especially for first-time mothers. Still, by adhering to the above breastfeeding tips for moms, they are ready to start their motherhood journey.