Written by Bindu Raichura
Congratulations, new Momma / Momma to be. If you want to know how to start your breastfeeding journey, you have come to the right place! Here is everything you need to know – we will tell you about breastfeeding your baby to make this a beautiful journey, for both you and the newborn.
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most natural and magical journeys that can be experienced by a mother. Breastfeeding is not so easy for many mothers. Sadly, this is not addressed enough. Many mothers in different forums discuss the problems and difficulties they face while on this “most natural” journey. Read on to know more about it.
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When a woman is pregnant, the body prepares itself to breastfeed the baby after birth. Breast milk is filled with nutrition and antibodies that can protect a baby from many infections for the rest of their lives. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother (helps shrink back the uterus) and the baby (provides nutrition).
You can and should start breastfeeding your baby right from the time they are born. The first milk the breasts produce is called the colostrum and is extremely nutritious. Ensuring the baby receives this as their first food can be very beneficial for them.
Though breastfeeding is one of the most natural things around us, a mother who plans on breastfeeding a baby should be prepared:
Breastfeeding a newborn should be easy right? Wrong! Here are some tips to help you start on the right path:
While breastfeeding your baby might be one of the most satisfying experiences, it can get uncomfortable and quite painful too, if you are going to nurse in the same position time after time.
Here are the best 8 positions to try out to breastfeed your baby:
This depends on the flow of the milk and how frequently the baby-nurses. Generally, mothers are recommended to feed the baby 10-20 minutes on each side, every session. If your flow is good and the baby latches well, you can nurse for 10 minutes on each breast.
If your baby feels drowsy soon after a feeding session (initial months) or continues to play and follow their routine (6 months +), they are getting enough. It’s important that the infant gets enough milk while breastfeeding your baby.
If you feel your baby is not latching properly or is not nursing as long as before; and the time gap between feeding sessions is decreasing, then it’s an indication that your baby is not getting enough.
The number of times you breastfeed your baby in a day is completely up to you and your baby. It changes as the baby grows.
Cesarean delivery can complicate breastfeeding a little. It might derail you initially but with patience and effort, you can get right back on track in no time. Keep these points in mind:
So, what are things one needs to buy to make this breastfeeding journey comfortable for both mother and baby? Here is your list:
If you are facing issues with breastfeeding your baby, you are not alone mama! We have got you. The 10 most commonly faced problems are:
New mothers can face a number of issues related to breastfeeding and it can be very difficult or even impossible for a few mothers. One has to remember it is OK! Though breastfeeding is the best, if it’s not working for you, it’s not your fault! Seek help and enjoy motherhood.
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