Today 74% of moms breastfeed their newborns! But… only 42% are still breastfeeding at 6 months. Here are some tips for breastfeeding success:
Learn by watching: sure books and classes are worthwhile, but you’ll really learn the most by watching someone feed their child. Since you’re new to breastfeeding, it will seem very intrusive and uncomfortable to watch someone breastfeed, even if she’s a good friend. However, if she says she’s fine with it, believe it. A breastfeeding veteran isn’t usually modest about the process, especially around friends who hope to breastfeed. And, you can bet she wants to help you succeed. (P.S. Bravado just came out with a new Breastfeeding DVD that’s very helpful. Available at EuphoriaMaternity.com).
Take Charge of Your Baby: Don’t let nurses whisk your brand-new baby away for a thorough cleaning and evaluation. That practice is a relic of the 40’s! The American Academy of Pediatrics says that baby should be placed direction on your bare chest, where baby can be cleaned and evaluated while enjoying skin-to-skin contact that stimulates the desire to nurse. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, powerful bonding moment. And, if you’re worrying about getting messy – you already will be!
Know Your Options: Any difficulties you experience are likely to be at their worst at about 5-7 days after baby is born. Your milk has come in and your nipples may be very sore. Get the number of a good lactation consultant before baby is born. Keep in mind that Soothies Gel Pads, nipple cream, and nipple shields (all available at EuphoriaMaternity.com) can do a LOT to eliminate nipple pain, and that there are many safe, natural herbal products available for stimulating milk production.
Breastfeeding is a priceless gift to your child and offers health benefits to yourself. Feel confident that you’re giving your child his or her best. Be proud of what you accomplish!