- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 2009
Since we have so many expectant moms on here these days I thought it might be helpful to get together some of our most helpful breastfeeding tips and maybe make it a sticky.
1. Know what a good latch looks like before you have the baby. Here is a great video link and a picture link also. I studied these before I went into labor and had no problems knowing when his latch was incorrect.
2. If it’s painful then it isn’t correct! Don’t let your baby stay latched on if it hurts. Break the latch and make them re-attach as many times as necessary to get it correct. Sometimes it helps if they get a little angry, then they will open wider.
3. Drink tons of water. I kept glasses of water all over the house in the early days and usually drank a whole glass each time I sat down. I also get a glass beside the bed and would wake up to drink more. Feeding makes you thirsty and staying hydrated is important for good milk production.
4. Avoid tight fitting/ underwire bras. These can lead to clogged ducts, particularly in the beginning when you are prone to overproduction.
5. Get into a comfortable position…Use as many pillows as you need to get the baby high enough so that you don’t have to lean forward, this can lead to serious back pains.
6. Start pumping and storing milk early on. During the early days of breastfeeding you will tend towards having over production. Pump after feedings and store that extra milk so that you will have it when you are ready to start giving a bottle later on. I didn’t do this and really regret it now that I’m going back to work.
7. Use breastmilk to avoid soreness/ cracking, dry skin. I never used lanolin or ointments. You just rub a little extra milk on your nipples and it works great.
8. I just learned about hand expression to be used in conjunction with pumping and I so wish I had known about this earlier!!
This is all I can think of for now but I’m sure that others will have some other tips.