Nursing may be natural, but it can prove difficult for some new moms. These strategies might help nurse your newborn baby boy or baby girl.
Breastfeeding seems to go more smoothly for women who nurse within an hour of delivery. Don’t be afraid to request help—most hospitals have lactation consultants on staff.
Nurse on Demand
During the first six weeks, it’s essential to let your baby nurse whenever he wants. Trying to establish a feeding schedule too early can backfire by interfering with your milk supply. Don’t worry about having enough milk—the more your baby eats, the more you’ll produce.
Learn to Latch
Your baby needs to have a deep latch in order to get enough milk and to prevent your nipples from becoming damaged and sore. Before you put him to your breast, position him on his side so that his belly is right up against yours. Then tickle his mouth with your nipple to encourage him to open wide; make sure he takes the entire nipple and a good portion of your areola in his mouth.
Create a “Nursing Nest”
Though not essential, a glider, rocker or cushy chair with an ottoman or footstool are helpful. Wherever you nurse, have plenty of pillows (for back support and to help position the baby properly at your breast), water, snacks, a good book and the TV remote.
Feed Your Milk Supply
Drink at least eight glasses of liquids a day. Depending on your age, metabolism and activity level, your calorie needs will likely be 2,200 to 2,400 daily. The good news: Breastfeeding moms tend to lose 1 to 4 pounds a month even with the added calories.
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