When you hear the word ‘breastfeeding’, what comes to your mind? Well, the concept is
actually not that hard. When your baby cries because they are hungry, a mother’s
natural inclination would be to offer their breast, lead their babies toward their nipple,
and their babies will latch onto their bodies and start sucking. It seems easy, right? But
in all honesty, it is not as easy in real life.
There is a lot of information that new mothers should know about breastfeeding and this
article should serve as your guide for I will provide you with tips that every nursing mom
After giving birth, it is recommended that you start breastfeeding your baby as soon as
possible. According to Dr. Susan D. Crowe, if you start feeding your baby just an hour
or so after delivery, that can help set your baby up for breastfeeding success.
The reason why you’d want to breastfeed your baby as soon as possible is so that your
baby will learn how to naturally latch on to your breast to start the feeding process.
You see, breastfeeding establishes a connection between the mother and the child.
When a baby starts to get hungry, it will send signals to the brain of the mother that will
induce milk production to be able to provide for your baby’s needs.
In the beginning, your breast might only produce some milk known as the Colostrum,
which is that yellowish breast milk that gets produced right before the bulk of the milk is
Why ‘Latching’ is Important
Your baby needs to latch on to your breast well so that breastfeeding, for the most part,
is not going to be painful for you. A good latch is where your baby’s lips are no longer
visible from your perspective, which means that their cheeks and chin may seem to be
attached to your breast.
So, how do you get a good latch? Well, here are some tips:
1. Your Baby Needs to Open their Mouth
To get a good latch and get everything going, it is vital that your baby not only opens
their mouth, but they open it widely as well. This will not only help you get a good latch
but it also sends the right signal to your brain to stimulate consistent milk production.
2. Monitor You and Your Baby’s Weight
You are required to go to the pediatrician just five days after you’ve discharged from the
hospital. That being said, the doctor will weigh your baby and if they’ve lost about 10%
of their original weight, that is a sign that they are not getting enough milk.
Another indication that something is amiss is if your breast doesn’t feel heavy since that
is an indication that you do not produce enough. If that is the case, seek the advice of a
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Take Control
Breastfeeding need not be painful for you. If the act of breastfeeding is just too painful,
do not be afraid to take control. Find the position that fits perfectly for both you and your
4. Use a Breast Pump
If you really cannot stand breastfeeding, a great alternative would be to use a breast