As a new mother, your first bonding with your baby will be during breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is probably the best way to nurture and help build the immune system of your child. A mother's first milk, called colostrum, is rich in proteins and antibiotics and helps the newborn baby develop antibodies to fight any future disease. As a new mother, a lot of questions must be flooding your mind about how to provide your baby with a clean or hygienic way to breastfeed. With the vast information available on the internet, confusion is inevitable. Take a peek at these amazing breastfeeding tips!
All The Things You Need To Breastfeed
What are the most vital things that a baby needs? Although it is a widespread belief that parents should start shopping only once the baby is born because it helps you remain excited and give you a feeling about the arrival of your new one. Still, there are some absolutely essential things that you need to have beforehand to cater to baby's feeding needs:
1. Nursing Apron
You might come across various circumstances where you will have to breastfeed your little one outside your house. A nursing apron will come in handy at those times to keep your baby cozy and keep away all the distractions. A nursing apron will also help you feel comfortable and give you the required privacy. Made with 100% cotton, the nursing aprons by Bdiapers are innovative and stylish. The breathable material is suitable for both the baby and mother and makes baby breastfeeding easier for mothers in public places.
2. Breast Pumps
Various types of breast pumps like electric, battery-operated, and manual breast pumps are available in the market. Depending on what fits your requirements, you can choose between the pumps that have an open or a closed system, or pumps that can work on one or both the breasts at the same time. You get some accessories along with the breast pumps like labels, bottles, bags for storage, clips, etc., too. Breast pumps will make baby feeding easier for mothers during the night.
When you are breastfeeding your baby, you need to sterilize the teats, pacifiers, and bottles until they are a year old. You need to take more precautions if your baby's immune system is weak. Electric sterilizers come in handy to maintain the hygiene of your baby's feeding bottles without much effort on your part.
4. Bibs and Muslin Cloths
While baby feeding, put a bib on the baby to avoid spills and mess. Muslin cloths are useful in wiping your baby's spills, and they do not cause any harm to the baby, for example, rashes. Shop for organic muslin cloths and bibs by Bdiapers.
5. Lanolin Creams and Breast Pads
When it comes to mothers' comfort during breastfeeding, lanolin creams and breast pads are a must-have. Lanolin cream will help you soothe your sore breasts, and breast pads will keep your clothes clean from any extra milk leaks.
Breastfeeding Tips and Tricks For New Mothers
Buying all the essentials will keep you ready with all that you need for breastfeeding your baby. Here are some breastfeeding tips and tricks to make your journey easier:
1. Listen To Your Baby
Your newborn is fully capable of telling you about almost everything he/she needs. Feed them according to the time they want. Do not set a schedule or time intervals for breastfeeding and go along with the flow. Do not worry if nursing time only lasts fifteen minutes, and don't panic if it extends on for even forty minutes. Some babies eat faster, while some take their time.
2. Find Your Spot
You will be using a lot of time nursing your baby, so you need to find a comfortable spot to keep yourself comfortable so that you do not end up developing back, neck, or shoulder aches. The two breastfeeding techniques you can use while nursing your little one are:
Lie on your side with the baby facing your breasts.
Sit in a comfortable posture with your baby lying in your arms.
3. Milk Leaks
It is very normal for your milk to leak in the initial days. This may happen when you hear other babies cry or when you haven't nursed your baby for several hours, and even when you think about the baby, it is completely normal to feel such things during the initial days of your motherhood. To absorb the leak, you can use nursing pads to avoid milk stains on your clothes.
4. Moisturize Your Skin
The skin surrounding your nipples is very sensitive, and it may get chapped or dry, which can make baby breastfeeding a very painful task. Thus to protect your skin, you need to moisturize it regularly. Don't overwash, use Bdiaper's soothing diaper rash spray, and keep a lanolin-based cream handy.
5. Avoid Engorgement
Engorgement is a painful swelling that causes the hardening of your breasts. It usually occurs when you produce more milk than required. Engorgement is very common when your milk first comes in right after your baby is born. This can make baby feeding difficult. To avoid engorgement, you should feed the baby more often and use correct breastfeeding techniques.
Last but not least, always stay well hydrated. Amongst all the new hustle and bustle in your life because of your little cherry's presence, don't forget to take care of yourself. Eat healthy to keep the unwanted weight from coming on to your body. Meditate to keep yourself calm. Happy parenting!