Being prepared and feeling supported will go a long way in terms of making breastfeeding a positive and beneficial step for both mother and baby. Here’s some advice to get you off to a flying start.
The practice of skin-to-skin contact is vital for you and your new arrival. It helps soothe your baby, regulate their temperature and stimulate milk production. The scent of your baby’s skin sends a message to your brain, telling your body they’re hungry.
Some people can voice their discomfort or disagreement with your decision to breastfeed your baby, but it’s vital you are confident in your choice. It’s the recommended way to nourish and provide for your baby, and the stigma around it is totally wrong.
Ask For Help
The midwife is there to help you gain the confidence to breastfeed, and you can also speak to a lactation consultant as soon as they are available.
Keep Essentials On Hand
Make sure you always have healthy snacks and water close by to curb the increased levels of hunger and thirst that come with breastfeeding. A lip balm is also handy as your mouth may become quite chapped in the early feeding days.
Comparing your baby to an artificially fed baby is totally pointless, as an artificially fed baby has a much more structured feeding regime while breastfed babies are fed on a supply and demand basis. Trust in your instincts in terms of when you should be feeding your baby, and ignore those comments from visitors on the baby’s apparent appetite or lack of one. It’s totally natural, and you’re doing your best.
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