The breastfeeding relationship starts even before your baby is born. Expectant moms must carry out a lot of crucial research in order to help them in preparation for building a caring and close relationship with their baby when it is born. Prepare yourself for a positive breastfeeding experience by preparing in advance for successful breastfeeding. It is important to practice the cross cradle and the football hold, in addition to looking for suitable positions and postures from the moment of conception. There are suitable postures that work best for moms with bigger breasts, or those who have twins or mothers recovering from caesarean sections.
Look for Support
If you are expecting, make sure that your partner or gynecologist and mid wife knows that you should breast feed before delivery. This support team can actually advise you on whether breastfeeding is supported at your nursing home. It is advisable that you make sure the team is made aware of your plans to breastfeed as many people are quick too suggest the formula instead. When your baby arrives, it is essential that you make the first feed carefully. The first few minutes are like magic exhaustion – the starting point of an eternal relationship. You can ensure that you provide a good feed if your baby is placed directly on your chest or belly, with skin contact right after birth.
Some newborns locate the nipple by themselves during breastfeeding on being held near mummy between the breasts and they are given the freedom to root around. If you find that your infant needs extra help, you can guide them gently so that they bring their mouth close to the nipple for tasting and exploring. Tickling their upper lip with your nipple will help your toddler to open their mouth. Since all babies don’t latch in the beginning, they should be allowed time to play, let the baby fall asleep! Yes, the baby will wake up feeling hungry.
Managing From the Start
The first few days of birth is the time when the mother’s body gets the signals for producing milk. It is important to remember that you should only feed your baby when baby asks for it. The supply of milk does not depend on the quantity baby takes in but on how often you make them feed. You can stimulate plenteous supply of milk by offering the breast whenever baby roots in their mouth. Don’t wait for the baby to cry, as there are generally lots of breastfeeding cues well before that stage. Caregivers may set the feeding frequency which may be at a bi-hourly interval but if baby needs you, give it to them, even though feeding time has just gone by.