World Breastfeeding Week Part II

World Breastfeeding Week (Part II)

I hope you enjoyed the first article – World Breastfeeding Week (Part 1) . World Breastfeeding Week (Part 2) is all about the experience from a fresh new mom and a dear friend. 

She has done the HypnoBirthing course with me and already knew during the course she wanted to breastfeed. So that’s what she is doing right now as you read this.

Trust yourself and be patient with yourself and your baby

In the beginning, breastfeeding can be challenging. Nursing a small human being, finding the right position so that you are both comfortable, learning the feeding cues, dealing with nipple discomfort, full-milk-breasts, continuous feedings, and last but not least, dealing with ‘advice’ from everyone. 

Breastfeeding tips from a new mom 
  • It is important to make sure that your baby latches on correctly to prevent sore nipples. A good trick is tapping with your nipple on your baby’s nose. Reflexes will make her open her mouth. A good latch is when your baby has your nipple and a big part of the areola in her mouth.

  • Avoid clocking your feedings. Clocking will only stress you out. Go with the flow and follow your baby.

  • Try to distinguish the difference between suckling and breastfeeding.

  • Take your time to breastfeed. In addition, prepare yourself for it about 10-15 minutes before. Making sure, you have a calm and serene energy before feeding your baby.

  • Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position. Especially in the beginning, breastfeeding takes a while. Moreover, you will want to be comfortable.

  • Try various positions to check which one works for you and your baby.

  • Use a warm hot flannel cloth to prepare your breast before breastfeeding. In addition, massage your breast to help the tissue deal with the increasing milk flow on day 3.

  • Never doubt your milk supply! Your milk is always enough for your newborn baby!

  • When the milk comes through some women experience flu like symptoms, and this is completely normal.

  • When the milk comes through your breasts, most women experience a tingly feeling through the nipple and the breast. This is the milk reflex.

  • When you try to latch on a few times and your baby gets fuzzy, detach for a second, change positions, calm down and then try again.

  • Event sore nipples. A good trick is tapping with your nipple on your baby’s nose. Reflexes will make her open her mouth. A good latch is when your baby has your nipple and a big part of the areola in her mouth.

  • Avoid clocking your feedings. Clocking will only stress you out. Go with the flow and follow your baby.

  • Try to distinguish the difference between suckling and breastfeeding.

  • Take your time to breastfeed. In addition, prepare yourself for it about 10-15 minutes before. Making sure, you have a calm and serene energy before feeding your baby. 

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

If you are a new mom and struggling or just a bit insecure on your breastfeeding journey, click here to book a consultation with me and I’m more than happy to help you on your way.

I hope these tips have been helpful. Let me know if you have tips to add. I would be happy to hear some first-hand experiences that might help other new mothers.

In my next article, Part III, I will share the rest of the personal experiences I received in my survey, so stay tuned and have a great (breastfeeding) day!

Love

Margaretha

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I really believe that we are able and capable to change the world…. one gentle birth at a time. When we welcome our children into the world, the same way as they were made, with LOVE.

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