Breastfeeding might sound like a matter of instinct, but it is not something that comes naturally to every mom out there. Breastfeeding is a process that requires plenty of commitment. That’s why everything you need to know to follow this beautiful path of feeding your baby is right here.
To be sure, breastfeeding is not easy at the beginning. When it comes to experiencing it for the first time, the process is messy and complicated – but you’ll get the hang of it with time. With plenty of effort and patience, your little one will enjoy the closeness and the benefits this technique offers.
We assure you that there is nothing more beautiful than feeling connected with your little one, and breastfeeding is a process that will help bring the two of you together more than ever.
Babies who breastfeed tend to be closer to their mothers than babies who are fed with formula. We are not saying that one technique is more valid than the other, but breastfeeding will definitely guarantee a magical connection between the both of you.
The main benefit of breastfeeding is that the milk that you are feeding your baby with is perfect for their digestive system since it has the right nutrients and ingredients that every newborn needs (lactose, various proteins [whey and casein], and fat).
Breastfeeding has benefits not only for the baby, but for you as well. It is a way to burn extra calories which will help you return to your weight pre-pregnancy faster. It also lowers the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, as well as osteoporosis.
It also saves you money! You don’t have to spend more getting baby formula, warm bottles, or the plastic nipples you use for the bottles. A baby means spending a lot of money, regardless, but we can say that breastfeeding is a way of saving much needed money for other things you need.
Babies demand to be fed all the time. They require food every 2 or 4 hours, and you might have to wake them up from time to time to deliver the food they need. Breastfeeding will give you and your baby the comfort of spending this time together, which will carry over in the months and years to come.
But the important question still remains: What is the best way to get your baby to latch? We prepared a small guide to tell you how to accomplish this technique in an efficient way.
1. Position the baby towards your side so she is facing you, and make sure that their belly is touching yours. Now hold the baby up to your breast. Don’t lean in into them, let the baby get closer to you.
2. Place their little fingers around your aureole.
3. Tickle their lips with your nipple until they open their mouth wide.
4. Help them to put your breast into their mouth.
At the beginning, they might not get a lot of milk, but their sucking will help lactation occur naturally.
A useful tip is to have sufficient “skin-to-skin” time with your baby. They will feel more comfortable and relaxed around your body warmth if you use this technique regularly.
Having skin-to-skin time with your baby will help them feel calm whenever they are near your body. This will make the breastfeeding process a lot easier, since they will feel connected to you whenever you decide to feed them.
A feeding session can take anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes. If feeding is taking a long time, move your baby from breast to breast every 15 to 20 minutes, that way you’ll avoid hurting yourself.
All the usefulness of the advice we’ve provided above depends on the process of your baby. Some babies enjoy a continuous feeding session, latching onto each breast without stopping for more than a couple of minutes.
Other babies like to take their time. They may go from breast to breast, but they don’t actually latch continuously. They like the warmth of their mother’s body, and they decide to latch whenever they feel comfortable enough to do so.
We only recommend that you stop breastfeeding if you see one of these signs:
1 Your baby stops feeding after 10 minutes or less.
2 Your baby is frequently fussy and lethargic.
3 Your baby’s skin is yellowing.
4 Your baby’s stools are hard and dark.
Make sure to make monthly appointments with your doctor to check how you and your baby are doing. After all, they are the ultimate experts and they will know what is best for both of you.
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