Breastfeeding-Tricks and Tips
Breastfeeding seems very straightforward in theory. However, there are a few things to watch out for when nursing your new baby. Back ache, dehydration, even mastitis. These little tips and tricks may help you navigate breastfeeding. While hopefully avoiding some of these potential hazards.
Always seek out support if you’re getting overwhelmed. Don’t be ever afraid to say ‘this is too much for me’. A healthy happy mom, and a fed baby, regardless of how they are fed is what is important.
Watch Your Posture.
It’s tempting to gaze down at your little one while nursing. However, try to limit the time you spend looking downwards to reduce muscle tension, neck aches, back pain, and headaches.
Dress For It.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on specially made nursing clothes. A nursing bra teamed with a stretchy or loose top can provide all the access you need during the day. For nighttime feeds, the same button up pajamas or flowing nightgown will work just fine.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
You may have well meaning midwives, friends, or family members recommend lanolin based nipple creams. Yet there is absolutely no need to compromise your morals for your nipples. Find a vegetable oil, such as coconut or olive, that works best for your skin and use it daily to avoid cracked or sore nipples. There are also some great vegan nipple creams out there!
Put a Hair Tie On Your Wrist
It helps to remind you which side baby needs to nurse from next. Alternating sides can be a huge help in preventing mastitis so it’s a good idea to keep track of which side to start each nursing session on. I was also glad to have a hair tie close to hand when my baby started getting ‘grabby’ and wanted to play with my hair while nursing!
Breastfeeding is very demanding on your body and it’s easy to become dehydrated, especially in the first few weeks while your body adapts. Keep a large water bottle by the bed and anywhere you are likely to nurse and refill it whenever you get the opportunity.
Learn Baby’s Cues
Preempting when your baby will want to nurse can save you both a lot of hassle! Newborn babies spend a lot of time nursing and will often fall asleep after a feed.