If you are expecting your first baby, you have to make an important decision that could essentially affect your child’s life in the present and the future. You have to decide whether you will breastfeed your child or not. If you will, there are 5 important tips I would like to share for breastfeeding your newborn that you need to be aware of.
Why You Should Breastfeed Your Baby
Science has proven over and over again that breastfed babies tend to be healthier than those who are bottle fed. Some studies have even shown that babies who are breastfed are more likely to grow up with fewer psychological problems than those who are not breastfed. There are numerous reasons for breastfeeding your baby, and few reasons not to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding can be an intimidating thought and action for some women, and it does take a bit of work to get started. You should definitely consider talking to other women who breastfeed, talk to your doctor, make use of the information that the nurses can give you in the hospital, and consider taking a breastfeeding class as well.
5 Important Tips for Breastfeeding Newborn Babies
- It may take you and your baby a little while to get the hang of things. Take advantage of any breastfeeding classes that are offered before your baby is born.
- Pain is never normal. It is true that new mothers often have sore nipples due to breastfeeding, but there is a difference between soreness and actual pain. Know the difference, and if there is pain, break the baby’s suction and reposition the baby to see if this takes care of the pain. If you experience true pain, as opposed to soreness, seek professional advice.
- While breastfeeding creates a wonderful bond between the mother and baby, the most important aspect of breastfeeding is that the baby is getting the best possible nutrition. If soreness is a big problem, don’t be afraid to pump your breasts and give the baby a bottle.
- Some babies will want or need to nurse more often than others. Find out from your doctor whether your baby’s nursing schedule is normal, and if it is, make sure that you get as much sleep as you possibly can. When you are breastfeeding, Dad cannot really take a turn, unless you pump your breasts.
- When breastfeeding, comfort is everything. There is no hard and fast rule about the best position for breastfeeding. You may be more comfortable sitting, standing, or lying down. Try all positions to see which one you and your baby prefer.
Naturally, you have the option of putting your baby on a bottle, but for all the health benefits of breastfeeding, the substance in the bottle should be breast milk. Regardless of your reason for not wanting to breastfeed, take the opportunity to use a breast pump to extract the milk from your breasts for your baby. This can be done in absolute privacy, and mostly at your convenience. With that said, however, the most positive experience for your baby is to actually be breastfed – from the breast.