Breast feeding is one of the greatest gifts a mother can give to her newborn. Aside from the many valuable health benefits it can provide to the baby, breast feeding is a great way for mother and child to bond. The moment you are allowed to hold your child is the perfect time to start feeding her with your milk. The first few drops of milk that your body is able to produce are called colostrum. It is rich in antibodies that can help protect your baby's fragile body against diseases.
To start breast feeding, shift your baby's body so that she's facing your chest. Nudge her lips with your breast to encourage her to open her mouth. When she does, pull her towards your breast. At first, your baby may have a difficult time finding her way towards your nipple. She may not even be able to latch on for long. You need to know that this is all part of the process. With practice and patience, you and your baby should be able to establish a pattern and routine for your feeding activity.
You should nurse your baby as often as needed. This is also to encourage your body to produce more milk. You might need to feed her as much as 12 times a day. When your baby starts to show signs of hunger such as, crying, fidgeting, or being increasingly alert, you should start feeding. Don't let a schedule dictate your nursing activity. Let the signs tell you when it is time to feed.
It is important to find a comfortable position when breast feeding your baby. You might be stuck in your position for as long as 40 minutes and it can make your muscles sore. Hold your baby in a way that is comfortable to both of you. You can use a nursing pillow to support your arm and your baby's head. You can also get comfortable using a footstool. Don't start breast feeding unless you're comfortably seated or comfortably lying down. Remember that you and your baby are going to assume that position for a while.
While nursing, it is important to eat healthy to sustain your feeding activity. Although your milk production is not wholly dependent on your nutrition, a well-balanced diet is needed to keep your body strong. Motherhood is going to be a very challenging time for you so it's important that your health is fit for it. Eat healthy foods and make sure that you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Some women just breeze their way through breast feeding without going through major adjustments. But not all mothers go through the same experiences. If you are finding it hard to adjust, it doesn't mean you're inadequate. Take comfort in the fact that other mothers are also going through the same ordeals. It's natural to feel uncertain and exhausted. Although breast feeding is one of the most natural things to do, it is also one of the hardest to ace. To help you deal with the physical and emotional changes that come with it, you can call a health care provider to assist you with your needs.