While some women may shy away from breastfeeding, it is essential as it helps infants and babies to fight viruses, allergies, improve their IQ level among many other benefits.
Breast milk is an ideal food for newborns and infants because it provides them with nutrients which they need for healthy development. It also contains antibodies that help protect the baby from illnesses like diarrhea and reduce child mortality rate.
Doctors and physicians advise mothers to do exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and a baby can still go on up to 2 years for better health.
Should you be struggling with nursing your child here are tips to make breastfeeding a breeze.
- Ensure family support
Breastfeeding can take up a lot of time and one may not be able to run errands and keep the house tidy. To make it bearable, ask for assistance from your spouse and family. They can help with burping the baby after feeding them or help you settle in a comfortable position.
- Don’t think of replacing breast milk with formula
Most mothers usually fear that their child is not getting enough by feeding only on breast milk. One thing you should consider is, when you go to the clinic and your child is gaining weight then you need to continue breastfeeding. But, when need be you can supplement only when the doctor tells you to.
- Lie on your side
This will help your shoulders and lower back to rest. You can put a pillow between your knees and let the baby face you. This is mostly suitable for mothers who have had C-section or a difficult delivery.
- Heal damaged nipples
Many women who have given birth know the feeling of breast tenderness and pain sensation due to pressure applied and at times from the bites especially when the baby is teething. As a nursing mother, you need to constantly apply purified lanolin or coconut oil to keep the nipples moist in between feedings.
- Avoid anything that puts pressure on your breast
These include baby carriers, diaper bag straps or sleeping on the same side every night. You need to ensure there is free flow around the breast area. You should also avoid tight clothes and bra that may restrict flow.
- Get some sleep
As a nursing mother it is important to get enough sleep and reduce stress. When the baby is feeding and happens to fall asleep you can do the same as well. Resting helps the body heal properly and it ensures both the mother and baby are healthy.