Breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding experiences for new mothers. It can also be challenging and overwhelming as you navigate the obstacles that come with breastfeeding a newborn. From positioning to latching, it’s important to get the basics down in order to be successful. Here are some helpful tips and advice on breastfeeding a newborn baby.
First and foremost, make sure you’re comfortable during each feeding session. Mothers should find a supportive chair or use pillows to support the baby and themselves. Adjusting your clothing, such as unbuttoning your shirt or wearing a nursing tank top, can help create more room for your baby to latch on more easily.
To position your newborn correctly, tuck your baby’s chin into your breast. The baby’s lower lip should be turned outward while their nose is slightly away from the nipple. When in the correct position, the baby should have the majority of their lower jaw and mouth around the areola.
Latching onto a breast can be difficult for a newborn; the use of a nipple shield can help make the latching process easier. Make sure to remove the shield once the baby is properly latched. A good latch is important in order for your baby to receive enough milk.
Maintaining your milk supply is essential for ensuring your baby gets enough nutrition. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids and eating food with calcium and iron. If you feel like you need extra help with your milk supply, talk to your doctor about lactation supplements.
If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed while breastfeeding your newborn, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Friends and family members can provide support while you’re attempting to breastfeed your baby for the first time. And seeking out the assistance of a lactation consultant or attending breastfeeding classes can be beneficial.