Breastfeeding is not a walk in the park for every mom. Most of us are wrongfully under the impression that breastfeeding should be easily intuitive. The World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for up to 6 months of age with continued breastfeeding along with complimentary foods for up to two years of age. For many women, breastfeeding will take a lot of patience and practice!
The following are tips that will help make breastfeeding easier.
The Bump recommends researching about nursing during your pregnancy. The first weeks after delivery can be exhausting and it may be more difficult trying to learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding during this time. Taking a breastfeeding class during your pregnancy has proven to be extraordinarily beneficial for many moms to be.
Breastfeeding classes will offer you and your partner a chance to prepare and ask questions. Classes can be offered through local hospitals, your obstetrics office, lactation consultants, breastfeeding support programs, or La Leche Leauge. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information on where to locate classes.
Understand your baby’s hunger cues
Recognizing and understanding your baby’s early hunger cues can make breastfeeding go much smoother. Some early hunger cues include: smacking lips, opening and closing mouth, and sucking on hands and fingers. Crying is a late indicator of hunger. When a baby is in a late stage of hunger it can make latching much more difficult.
Use a breast pump
Nursing naturally follows the laws of supply and demand. The more you pump and build up a supply, the more milk you will produce. If your baby is having trouble latching then your breasts may not drain completely. If your breasts are not fully drained, your body may produce less milk.
Using a breast pump can be a lifesaver if nursing isn’t going well. Another great advantage to using a breast pump is building your milk supply. A milk supply will allow for others to feed your baby when separation occurs.
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