After your child birth, the most natural process is breastfeeding however it is often very challenging for few moms. According to the experts, you should be patient and feed your baby often. Lactation consultant at Mamma Mia, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Shilpi Srivastava, has shared some tips on how to breastfeed your baby. These are the breastfeeding secrets that should be known to every mom.
- With the first hour after delivery, try to nurse your baby. The first milk or colostrums is produced just after you deliver your baby. The first milk is loaded with nutrients but in a small amount and that is what is needed by the newborn.
- In order to increase supply, feed your newborn more often. You should remember the lesser you feed your newborn; the lesser quantity of milk will be produced by the body. Hence, the more you feed your baby, the supply will be increased more. Hence, during this period of time you should eat well and get enough rest. Your calories will be converted to milk, hence eating well and getting enough rest is very crucial during this stage.
- While breastfeeding, the baby should try to take as much of the dark part of your breast which is called areola. It is going to pinch and hurt you if your baby is only sucking on the nipple. It is also not good for the baby as he/she will not get as much as milk as he/she wants to have.
- Never be in a hurry to give your second breast to the baby. Let the baby decide how long he/she wants to suck your first breast and let him/her come off the breast on his/her own.
- Also remember breastfeeding is a process which both the mom and newborn learn over the course of time. Hence you need to hold on to your patience and it might take a longer period of time to master the skill of breastfeeding
- It becomes easier with right help hence it is advisable to get in touch with an expert if you are facing difficulty with breastfeeding.
- You can spend a lot of time with your newborn while you breastfeed him/her. The skin to skin contact with your baby will promote bonding.