If you are a young mother, breastfeeding may seem daunting at first. But with a few simple tips, you can be on your way to a successful breastfeeding experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1) Get comfortable with breastfeeding before your baby is born. attend a class, read books or articles, or watch videos. Knowing what to expect will help you feel less nervous about it when the time comes.
2) Don’t be shy about asking for advice from more experienced breastfeeding mothers. If no one in your circle is nursing, ask a local lactation consultant or La Leche League leader for pointers and support before and after your baby arrives. You can also contact your local breastfeeding support group. Most hospitals have resources for new nursing mothers as well.
3) Get all the help you can regarding nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are working, find out what benefits your company offers. Many companies offer to leave time for prenatal visits, lactation breaks, room in the breakroom for pumping, and better insurance coverage for nursing mothers. If you are planning on breastfeeding, you should gain weight in pregnancy instead of losing it. Losing too much weight can lead to a decrease in your milk supply. Also, if you plan to exclusively pump (meaning only pumping and not nursing), getting the right equipment is important. Be sure to talk with your doctor about which breast pumps may best suit your needs.
4) Breastfeeding is not just about the baby. Although you want to comfort and bond with your infant, keep in mind that breastfeeding is also for you! It’s a great time to relax, enjoy some peace, and take care of yourself. Make sure that you are eating properly, drinking enough fluids, resting often, and getting out of the house when possible. Indulging your baby by breastfeeding him or her in a variety of places will help make you both feel more comfortable with the process.
5) Breastfeed on demand. When your baby is hungry, they are going to let you know! So listen to your baby’s cues and feed them when they need it. Remember, a breastfeeding schedule does not exist. When babies nurse on demand, they are more satisfied and tend to eat less at each feeding. By nursing on demand, babies also get the best possible protection from illnesses because of their mother’s antibodies in her milk.
Breastfeeding tips for working mothers
Breastfeeding is a great way to feed your baby, and it can be done while you’re working. Here are some tips for breastfeeding while you work:
1. Pump as often as possible while you’re at work. This will help keep your milk supply up.
2. Store your milk in the fridge or freezer.
3. Make sure you have a good pumping setup at work. This includes a comfortable chair, a place to store your milk, and a way to clean your pump parts.
4. Talk to your boss about your plans to breastfeed while you work. Ask for accommodations such as breaks to pump.
5. Clean your pump parts after each use to prevent milk from building up and growing bacteria.