Keeping your child happy and fed might seem like one of the most obvious responsibilities that come with being a mother, but a lot of people underestimate how tricky it can be sometimes. Here, we’re going to look at a few tips that can help you address some of the most common problems that come with breastfeeding, and what you can do to quell them.
Comfort is a must
You might be surprised to find that trying to feed your baby without paying proper mind to your posture and seating can actually end up wreaking havoc on your back. Post-pregnancy, your body is still healing from the stress of it all, so it’s important to go a little more gentle on it. A good rocker or nursing chair can be just you want to take a load off your feet and feed in a way that doesn’t end up causing you real pain.
Make sure you got plenty to drink
Another common issue for women is that they’re not producing enough breast milk, especially at night. There are many potential issues, such as potential hormonal issues, the use of some herbal medications, and the results of previous breast surgery. However, nutrition is a big factor as well, and foods from providers like Grey’s Cowbell might be a good place to start. Certain foods will give your body the supply of energy and fats needed to produce enough breast milk for your baby. You want to make sure they’re getting their supply in one way or another, as vital as it is to them growing at a healthy weight.
Be ready for surplus
You may have a feeding schedule down, but what about the milk that you’re making when the baby’s not feeding? If you’re not expressing often enough, then you can end up with engorged breasts, first of all. But you can also see a lot of milk going to waste. Make sure that your nursery essentials include plenty of bottles and a breast pump. You can keep and cool your milk throughout the day. It also makes it easier for you and partner to take turns being the one to feed the baby.
Having trouble with latching?
There are a host of common problems with latching and it’s not easy to address them all with one answer. If your breasts are engorged, then hand expressing at first might help baby latch. If your nipples are flat or inverted, then using a breast pump might sometimes help them stick out a little better. Very Well Family has a whole host of tips for mothers having trouble getting their baby latched that are worth a closer look.
If you’re having any of the issues mentioned above, but the solution doesn’t seem to fit, or you have problems that aren’t featured above, then be sure to get in touch with your midwife and looking at mothering forums online. There are plenty of tips out there, even if it can sometimes be hard to sort out the valuable from the slightly more dubious.
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