If you’re a new mum, you are probably getting used to a lot of new things in your life. From getting into a routine with bub to finding out what works and what doesn’t – there’s a lot to keep you busy. You are probably also learning ways of breastfeeding, too. If you are new to this, you may not even be sure about where to begin. So, what are the best tips for new breastfeeding mums? We delve into this topic below.
Try breastfeeding as soon as possible after giving birth
After giving birth, new mums are encouraged to have skin-to-skin contact immediately. This stimulates your milk production and regulates your little one’s temperature. It also strengthens your bond.
New mums are also encouraged to feed their newborn within the first hour after giving birth to encourage milk production further. Although this first feeding session may not involve an active feeding for your bub, it will help them to develop their sucking reflexes, which they will continue to develop over time.
The best way to prepare for your breastfeeding session is to make sure you are comfortable. Take a comfy seat or lie down – an armchair or nursing pillow may help alleviate any pressure on your back and shoulders.
You are going to want to stay hydrated as this is thirsty work! Keep a large jug or bottle of water beside you for quick and easy access. Breastfeeding can get a bit messy, so a nursing bra and pads can be a practical way to absorb any possible leakage. Once you’re ready to feed, place your bub on their side with their ribcage slightly below your breast.
If you're new to breastfeeding, it's important to remember that you will need to feed your baby more often than if they were feeding on a bottle. Over time, you will get to learn your baby's feeding cues and be able to do so when they are hungry. In the first six to eight weeks, this will be quite frequent. However, it will start to slow down after that time. Keep an eye out for signs from your little one such as them putting their fist or fingers in their mouth, smacking their lips or even getting fidgety.
Enjoy the bonding experience
Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience between mum and bub, so try to keep the sessions as calm as possible. Put your phone down, keep your space peaceful and quiet and enjoy spending time getting to know your little one.
It’s also important to remember that this process will vary from baby to baby. Your friend may be able to feed their child in a few minutes, whereas your baby may take 30 minutes. Babies are unpredictable, so there is no right or wrong amount of time to complete this. By taking the time to have one-on-one time with your little one, you will find your bond will naturally strengthen.