Tips on breastfeeding like a pro

Health professionals recommend that breastfeeding begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often and as much as the baby wants. A very limited number of us, expectant mothers research our options before deciding bottle or breast.

Huggies® expert, Lynn Bluff, registered nurse, midwife and childbirth educator, gives tips on breastfeeding.

A newborn baby has only three demands and they are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. The feeding situation and routine that you and your baby find works best is unique to your own breast milk feeding experience. Below are some tips on breastfeeding:

  • Attend a good up-to-date class on breastfeeding while you are pregnant
  • Understand how the breasts function so you can understand how the milk is made
  • The more your baby sucks on the breast – the more milk is made
  • Ideally, exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months of life
  • Breastfeeding should continue after 6 months. Baby is introduced to solids while you continue to breastfeed for 2 years or longer
  • Every breastfeed is beneficial for your baby
  • There is no better food than breast milk for your baby
  • Chat to moms who are successfully breastfeeding – this will increase your confidence
  • Take your mom and mom-in-law along to the breastfeeding class with you – they also need to be updated on breastfeeding and can, therefore, support you better during your breastfeeding time
  • Have a certified lactation consultants’ number on your speed dial of your phone
  • If you are battling to breastfeed, call a lactation consultant to help you – don’t wait
  • It should not be painful when your baby is sucking on the breast – if it is, your baby is likely to be badly latched/positioned on the breast – correct this asap before your nipples get sore
  • Learn to trust your body – your body is made to breastfeed

How you feed your baby is entirely up to you because only you know what’s best for both you and baby. Ensuring that your little one receives your liquid gold is what’s most important.

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