|Breastfeeding is one of the wonderful experiences that a mother can have once her child is born / Photo by: famveldman via 123RF|
Breastfeeding is one of the wonderful experiences that a mother can have once her child is born. Many women who are new to this would wonder if there are things that they could do to prepare for breastfeeding before their little angel arrives.
Fortunately, there are a lot of great sources online where women can learn a lot of things about breastfeeding. They can spend their idle time reading the various online articles at home or they can enroll in an actual breastfeeding class where they will be taught how to make themselves and their baby comfortable during the process.
Baby Steps: Learn the Basics
All Natural Mothering, a website dedicated to providing articles that encourage people to go for all-natural products, said that having a working knowledge about breastfeeding before your due date arrives can be beneficial for you and the baby.
First on your list of must-know topics when it comes to breastfeeding is the proper way to latch baby. Some newborns are not able to attach themselves to their mother’s breast that easily, and it is normal. This is because the baby will need some time to learn the skill of latching independently. But if the baby doesn’t have a good latch, the mother can experience lacerations, sores, and milk supply issues.
Aside from latching, the basics of breastfeeding also include the positions that the mother could practice. A mother should have different options for different situations so that their breastfeeding experience will be a lot easier. A good position should promote a good latch for the newborn.
Prepare Your Milk Supply
Proper latching is also an important important factor for the mother’s milk production. After the baby is born, your mature milk will come in about two to five days. But before this happens, your body will make a small quantity of colostrum, a special type of breast milk that is rich in nutrients and antibodies that the baby should be able to take during the first few moments of its life.
Drugs.com, an online source of health content from Harvard Health Publications, mentioned that there are some things that might affect the mother’s milk supply. It is encouraged that mothers should frequently breastfeed their babies to keep the supply going. This is because the body will make less milk if there is little demand.
Expectant mothers should also refrain from smoking and alcohol. These can decrease your milk supply especially if you’re taking moderate to large amounts of alcohol. Instead, you should have a healthy meal plan that will provide the right amount of calories and nutrients that your body will need once you start to breastfeed. Always keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking 8 to 12 cups of water each day.
Avoid too much stress if you’re preparing for breastfeeding. Make sure that you have your break where you could do some breathing exercises and meditate. Find a way to manage your stress because it might decrease your milk supply as well.
|Proper latching is also an important important factor for the mother’s milk production. After the baby is born, your mature milk will come in about two to five days / Photo by: Trendsetter Images via 123RF|
Spend Time With Your Baby
Skin contact between babies and parents are powerful. This is why mothers should allow at least an hour of skin-to-skin contact with the baby. Her Family, a website that provides parenting advice, tips, and news, noted that keeping the baby close means that mothers can also make frequent feeding easier. They will learn how to respond to their kids’ cues if they’re hungry. Denise McGuinness, lecturer in midwifery and assistant professor at UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery,m and Health System said, “For instance, crying is a late sign of hunger, and by the time [the baby] cries, they have usually been trying to tell you they are hungry for a while, often by doing things like moving head to one side, putting their hands up to their mouths, or rooting around and being unsettled.”
Skin contact also helps in calming down the baby. They will also learn how to navigate toward your nipple as they hear the sound of your heart, similar to what they did in the womb. Their mother’s heartbeat is also said to be helpful in making them feel safe and secure after their intense introduction to the world.
|Skin contact between babies and parents are powerful. This is why mothers should allow at least an hour of skin-to-skin contact with the baby / Photo by: Tatyana Tomsickova via 123RF|
Knowing the Right Amount
It is normal for new mums to feel that their baby is not getting enough milk. But, McGuinness reminded new mothers that if the baby is not fussy and shows content and calm behavior after they are fed, this means that they are having the right amount of breast milk. She also noted that the newborn might lose some weight after the first few days of birth. “Most babies lose about 7 percent of their birth weight before starting to gain weight again,” she added.
Understand that newborns still have tiny stomachs and a small amount of milk will be enough for them to be full and healthy. Their stomach size is also the reason why babies will feed little and often.