Some women make breastfeeding look so easy! Truth is, sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard. Here are some quick tips:
- Do ask for help! If it’s your first time, expect to need another mom or a lactation consultant to give you some in person help those first few days. Pictures in a book probably won’t cut it.
- Do expect some initial pain. If you don’t have it, you’ll be relieved. If you do have it, you’ll be prepared.
- Don’t give in to pressure to supplement with formula, unless it’s by your pediatrician’s request. The more you nurse, the more milk you’ll make. Have confidence that your body can do this!
- Do set limits. Breastfeeding on demand is a great idea, unless your baby would like to nurse for 1 1/2 hours straight! If you don’t want to be a human pacifier, it’s ok to take your baby off the breast. A half hour should be sufficient, even for a newborn.
- Don’t get stuck nursing in the back room! Experiment with nursing clothes and cover-ups. You’ll be nursing for many months, and you don’t want to have to seclude yourself every time – trust me!
- Do make breastfeeding a break, not an interruption. If your list of to-do’s is a mile high, frequent breaks to breastfeed can be frustrating. Train yourself to stop, rest, and enjoy that precious baby.
I’m sure we could add a lot more tips to this list. First-time moms would love your advice. Please add your comments!