Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding can be difficult.
If you find breastfeeding hard, frustrating or stressful, know that you are not alone. Breastfeeding is difficult for many new moms, and if you’ve had a chance to read our latest blog, then you already know a few helpful tips to make breastfeeding easier. The following is a list of a few more breastfeeding tips from our nurse midwife in Bradenton:
#4. Only feed your baby when he or she is hungry.
Many new moms are so set on establishing a routine that they will try nurse their baby on their schedule instead of their baby’s schedule. While establishing a routine is beneficial, your baby needs to be hungry in order to feed. Before you feed, watch for signs of hunger, including restlessness, lip movements and sucking motions.
#5. Stay hydrated.
For every ounce of breastmilk you produce, you need to drink approximately two extra ounces of water. If your body isn’t properly hydrated, it doesn’t have the fluid it needs to produce breast milk. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.
#6. Nurse your baby frequently.
The amount of breastmilk that you produce is directly related to how much time your baby spends nursing. In short, the more you nurse, the more breastmilk you produce. For the first few days, try to breastfeed your baby every three hours.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, breastfeeding may be natural, but it can also be a challenge for some mothers. If you are having trouble breastfeeding your baby, feel free to contact our nurse midwife in Bradenton today.