Yesterday we posted five tips to give you the best chance at a successful feeding relationship. Today, we offer another five top breastfeeding tips to encourage a fondness for feeding.
1. It shouldn’t hurt- it will feel uncomfortable and may sting or feel like pins and needles initially when your milk is ‘let down’ but after a while this should subside. If your nipple is hurting take your baby off immediately as the attachment may be wrong.
2. Relax and Recuperate - Relax and don’t try too hard. You just gave birth to a baby and you will be exhausted. This is not the time to entertain lots of people, it is the time to relax and recuperate and bond with your baby. The less stressed and more relaxed and well you are, the better your milk supply and the easier it will be.
3. Skin on Skin - When babies are placed undisturbed on their mother’s chest, between the breasts, they often will crawl towards the mother’s nipple and latch on unassisted. It is also a lovely bonding time.
4. It takes 6 weeks - every mum will tell you that it takes around 6 weeks to get the feeding going well. If you are lucky then it may be immediate but for most it’s the first 6 weeks that are the hardest and it gets much easier and enjoyable after this so try to stick with it.
5. Don’t feel guilty - if breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you or you choose to bottle feed from day one, don’t feel guilty your baby will still be healthy and happy.