Congrats on your new baby mommy! If you’re starting a new breastfeeding journey, these tips can be helpful with the process.
Each nursing relationship between a Mom and baby is different. Every woman’s body is different, and some woman may have more milk supply while other may have fewer. Don’t compare your experience to someone else’s and trust yourself and your body. Give yourself at least 6-8 weeks to adjust to nursing.
Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. Always take water with you as you never know when you’ll get thirsty. Water intake is essential when you’re breastfeeding.
If your nipples are inverted, you can give pumping a try to draw them out.
When you’re having a cold
You can still breastfeed when you’re having a cold. Your milk will boost your baby’s immune system which can help keep your baby from catching it and if she does it will be short lasting.
Refrigerated breast milk
Milk that was stored in the refrigerator can separate which is normal. Before giving it to your baby, make sure you give it a swirl first.
Don’t worry about the consistency of breast milk
Don’t worry if your milk looks watery as this means you’re extracting foremilk. Hind milk is whiter and thicker. Sometimes you’ll see a residue in the bottle which is the fat in the hind milk.
Nursing and pumping together can help with letting your milk down. Pump on the breast that baby is not nursing on. The more you pump and breastfeed, the better your milk supply will be.
It is normal to experience some discomfort while nursing but it shouldn’t be painful. Make sure baby is latched correctly to avoid sore and cracked nipples. Warm or cold cabbage leaves are an excellent aid for pain relief. Frozen peas are great to use as a cold compress for engorged breasts.