You have made the wonderful decision to breastfeed your sweet bundle of joy. Congratulations! Breastfeeding is very rewarding for both mother and baby. You are providing nature’s perfect food for your newborn and creating a most precious bond. Breastfeeding is not always easy though. Many new moms have to jump some hurdles first like correcting a poor latch, nursing on an elimination diet, supply issues and sore nipples. Don’t be alarmed though. Most of the problems that arise in the early days can be easily overcome when you are armed with the right resources and support. I am going to give you my top five tips for breastfeeding your newborn.
|Nursing my son for the first time minutes after birth.|
2.) Nurse on Demand– Nursing on demand means watching your baby’s hunger cues. Do not follow a schedule. Nurse at least every 2-3 hours. Some nursing cues are baby rooting, making sucking motions, sucking on fingers, restlessness, and turning head side to side. Crying is a sign you have waited too long to nurse. Never limit the amount of time baby is at your breast. Newborns need to nurse a lot! At least 10-12 times a day.
|Nursing on the go in the Moby wrap.|
A big thank you to Kristin for being the “first” Auntie and the wonderful advice for Breastfeeding moms!