Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful experiences that you as a mother share with your little one. Aside from its health benefits, breastfeeding also makes for a precious bonding moment between a mother and a baby.
However, as beautiful as it may be, it comes with its own set of challenges for any nursing mother. It’s not always easy, it can get exhausting, and even challenging at times- from cracked nipples, dryness, soreness, pain, to pumping and storing the milk. Breastfeeding comes with a learning curve for all nursing moms. Therefore, a few helpful nursing hacks along the way are always a good idea to explore and try.
Read ahead for some tips to make breastfeeding easier for you:
Set up a breastfeeding kit: As a new mom, you will be breastfeeding your little munchkin around the clock. Therefore, making a breastfeeding kit with all the required essentials will come in handy so you can set up your portable breastfeeding station anywhere around the house. This kit should include the following items:
- A water bottle that keeps the water cold for long
- Nipple cream
- Nipple pads
- Bibs and burp cloths
- Breast pump and storing bottles
- An extra shirt in case you need a change after feeding
- Your cell phone and charger and a magazine to keep you entertained for those 30-40 minutes
Wrap a rubber band around the wrist on the side of the last breast you fed your baby with: It is recommended that you start to feed your baby with the breast your baby fed on during the previous feeding session. For instance, if you started feeding your baby with your left breast and then shifted to the right breast towards the end of the session, you will start the next feeding session from your right breast. To make it easy for yourself to remember, tie a hairband around the wrist of the breast your baby was fed from the previous time.
Sign up with a feeding tracker app on your phone: It can be difficult to keep track of the number and duration of breastfeeding sessions, and how much milk your baby consumed, let alone which breast you fed your baby with.
Therefore, an app that keeps track of all these minute details can come in very handy for a nursing mother.
Don’t stick to a strict schedule: Most mothers prefer to keep a 3-4 hour window in between feeding. We recommend you feed your baby on demand. Look out for signs of hunger expressed by your little one. You can and should definitely monitor the duration and quality of the feedings to avoid overfeeding. Feeding your baby whenever they express their need for it will help you understand and meet their body’s growth and nutritional requirements.
In addition to these tips, just follow a super healthy diet, keep yourself hydrated throughout the day, get sufficient rest and exercise, frequently consult with your lactation specialist, include superfoods in your diet to boost milk supply, and keep stress at bay.