Welcoming a new baby into the family is an amazing time for parents. When it’s time to feed the baby, things can get a little tricky. First, there is the question of whether to use breast milk or formula. Many mothers take the breastfeeding route, while others choose to use formula. Though there is no one right way to feed your baby, we’re here to provide some tips for breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding unfortunately comes with some side effects like sore nipples, breast tenderness, fatigue, leakage and more. But there are many benefits to breastfeeding as well, like natural antioxidants as well as valuable bonding time between mom and baby.
For all you moms out there that breastfeed, we feel your pain. These are some simple tips that will hopefully make breastfeeding much easier. Check them out below:
- Wear “Easy Access” Clothing: It’s beneficial for both you and your baby to wear shirts that give easy access to the breast. Nothing is more frustrating than when it comes feeding time and you’re wearing a restricting top. Try a low-cut V-neck or a loose button up to make feeding time easier.
- Treat Breast Discomfort: When breastfeeding, more often than not you are going to feel some discomfort in the breast and nipple area. To treat this, try having some nipple cream on hand for dry/cracked nipples. MD Moms liquid baby powder is also ideal to help with chafing or dry skin under the breast!
- Carry Snacks: Women typically burn 300-500 calories a day when breastfeeding. It’s a very smart idea to carry snacks on you when nursing because hunger can strike at any time. If you’re running errands, throw a granola bar in your purse before you leave the house! It’s also important to stay hydrated. A good way to know how much water you should be drinking is by taking your weight and dividing it by two- that’s how many ounces you should be drinking.
- Research: Be sure to do your research on breastfeeding before you start! Either look online, attend a class or talk to your doctor about the pros and cons. Doing some research before you start breastfeeding can answer questions you may have later on and can save you in a mini-crisis situation.
- Rent a Nursing Pump: Ask your doctor if they know of any opportunities to rent a medical-grade nursing pump for when you have a fussy baby who refuses to latch on. It’s also perfect for moms on a budget, so you don’t have to shell out tons of cash for your own! It’s definitely worth looking into.
- Get a Comfy Chair: After giving birth, your body is very weak and may struggle to hold yourself up during breastfeeding sessions. Get a comfortable chair with a sturdy back to crash in while feeding. This will allow you to lean all your weight on the chair and not be so dependent on your back/core to hold you up!
Good luck to all you mama’s on your breastfeeding journey. If you know of any other tips on breastfeeding, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!