To make breastfeeding a wonderful and a rewarding experience for both mother and child, I have come up with some tips that mothers would find helpful apart from those other important topics I have already discussed in detail in previous articles. If you wish to know more about the topics below in greater detail, please click the links below:
Supplements and Breastfeeding
It is advisable not required for breastfeeding moms to include supplements in their diets. Taking Vitamin D in addition to other vitamins, is essential for bones and teeth to grow. It is therefore advised for mothers to continue their vitamin D supplements that is, if they have been taking them since pregnancy. Vitamin D can naturally be derived from sunlight, so having your baby exposed to sunlight at the break of dawn would work out fine as well.
Smoking and Breastfeeding
Smoking is a no-no when it comes to breastfeeding. Nicotine can alter your baby’s sleeping patterns. Passive smoke or second-hand smoke may result to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Sleep and Rest and Breastfeeding
Everyone is required to have enough rest and sleep to energize the body for the next day’s activities. Mothers who stay at home expend a lot of energy doing housework. It is necessary that they include rest and sleep as part of their activities.
Pacifiers are a NO-NO
Babies derive gratification through their mouths. That means, they like having to suck on anything. While having a pacifier may get the job done, most pediatricians advice mothers not to make this a habit. They strongly advice that during sleep time, babies should be allowed to suck on a pacifier to avoid sudden infant death syndrome. Be sure though that breastfeeding has been well-establish since sucking on the breast is far different than sucking on a pacifier. Your baby might get used to having the feel of sucking on pacifier and sucking your breast would get you both back to square one.
Take Care of Your Breasts
Now that you have a baby to feed, you may need to take extra care of your breasts. Breastfeeding may be uncomfortable to some mothers most especially if they feel tenderness and soreness on their nipples. After feeding your baby, you may want to naturally let your milk dry or pat dry. You need to use nursing bras to make sure your breasts are supported and readily available for the next feeding. Use as little soap when bathing so as not to leave chemical residue that might harm your baby. Lanolin may be the best solution to keep your nipple moisturized.
My #1 piece of advice for breastfeeding mothers is to give yourself and the baby enough time!
While breastfeeding may require determination and patience on your part, it still takes a unwavering mind to get the process done successfully. You may not want to rush into getting it done right away. Give yourself time to get your body accustomed to having your baby latched on to your breast most of the times, especially newborns since they require more feedings than older infants. Guide your baby to latching on properly and let him or her set the pace while maintaining eye contact. This is your time to bond with your little one. Let nature take its course and soon you will find breastfeeding to be a wonderful and a rewarding experience for you and your baby.