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Breastfeeding: What the Experts Want You To Know


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Breastfeeding Blog

February 29, 2016

Whether you’re a first-time mother, a mother who has breastfed multiple times, or a mother with other children who has decided to breastfeed her current infant, there is always more to learn. The excitement exhibited by other mothers may be similar to your own experience, and the enhancement of that experience can be apparent when you find out what the experts want you to know about breastfeeding. Here, we discuss a few of the items many professionals have found useful when advising mothers who choose the healthy and beautiful bonding benefits offered by breastfeeding.

“The Birth Crawl”

This is a phrase used to describe a baby’s first feed at the breast. When the baby is first born, experts will tell you that this first time you breastfeed is the most important time.

Forget About Scheduling!

When you first bring home your little bundle of joy, you might be hoping to set a schedule for sleeping and eating that makes things easier on your life. Save yourself a lot of headaches and forget about the schedule. Feed your baby when they first wake up and let them sleep when tired. You’ll be able to get them onto a schedule later but establishing flow works best when you feed them as they are hungry. This gives your body an idea of how much milk it needs to produce. Pay attention and understand that if your baby is crying, they are already very hungry so try and learn when they like to eat before they get to that point.

Latching On

You’ll hear so many breastfeeding tips about getting your newborn to latch on [interlink to article ‘Top Techniques to get your newborn to latch-on’] but what the experts will tell you is that every baby is different. Listen to and note the sounds they make and the rhythm of them suckling and if you notice changes or something that doesn’t feel right, you can use these notes when you seek breastfeeding support from a lactation specialist.

Get Comfortable

The most important thing you could do to make breastfeeding easier and more enjoyable for both Mom and baby is to make sure you both are comfortable every time.

Don’t Give Up!

Among all the breastfeeding tips [interlink to article ‘Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms’]for you can get from other mothers and the experts alike, the best one you can follow is to be diligent! Breastfeeding may be a bit difficult at first, but it’s worth committing to for both you and your baby. Make sure you get plenty of nutrition, hydrate well, and don’t ever be ashamed to ask for help from a lactation specialist!