Nobody should ever tell you that breastfeeding is easy. Some women take to it like ducks to water, but for some it is actually a bit more difficult than that. This is why, if you intend to breastfeed, you should prepare yourself and look up tips for breastfeeding both from experts and from mums.
We all know that breastfeeding has amazing benefits.
Always Ask for Help
The first thing you need to know is that you cannot read what it is like to breastfeed. You can have all the knowledge behind you, but that first time your baby is placed on your breast, just after he or she is born, is something that cannot be explained in books. So, if things feel different than you had expected, ask for help straight away. Midwives are generally highly trained in breastfeeding and they will answer any questions you may have.
How to Breastfeed
Never start breastfeeding until you are comfortable. Prop yourself up with pillows so you are in a comfortable sitting position. Next, cradle your baby close to your chest. Do not lean forward or bend in order to get the baby to you. Put one hand behind your baby’s head and one on your breast. Use your nipple to tickle the lower lip of your baby, which will make them open their mouth. Place the nipple in their mouth and your baby will do the rest. It feels really weird, but that is normal. It shouldn’t hurt, so if you do feel any real discomfort, ask for help again.
Should you have to quickly remove your baby of your nipple, simple insert your little finger into the corner of the mouth of your baby, which will release the suction.
Your Baby Sets the Pace
One thing you will hear a lot of conflicting advice on is how often you should feed your baby. Some mums will tell you that their baby would feed for an hour at a time, regular like clockwork. Other mums will say that their babies were grazers. There are no right or wrong answers. Babies feel hungry when they feel hungry. You can, if you want to, force them into a rhythm, but both you and your baby will be so much happier if they can feed on demand. Whether that means five times a day for an hour or every 20 minutes for a few minutes doesn’t matter.
Say No to Pacifiers
The best of all the tips on breastfeeding you will receive is to never use a pacifier. The suction that is needed on these is different from the suction that is needed on your nipple. As a result, your baby will no longer suckle on your nipple properly, which can lead to discomfort for you and insufficient feeds for the baby. They don’t need pacifiers at all, particularly if you feed on demand.