Jan 31, 2017
Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience to a woman. Although it's a natural process, breastfeeding is a learned skill, which requires practice and patience.
Here are a few tips to successfully breastfeed your baby:
The most important thing is to have confidence in yourself that you can breastfeed. Talk to your doctor regarding any personal or health concerns about breastfeeding. Being prepared for the process will help you gain confidence.
Feed colostrum to your baby within an hour after childbirth. There should be skin-to¬skin contact with your baby while breastfeeding. Baby's head and shoulders should be supported. Ask the hospital nurse to assist you for the first time.
Help your baby to latch well by ensuring that the nipple and areola are in baby's mouth. To find a good latch for your baby, you may try breastfeeding positions like cradle hold, cross cradle hold, football hold or side-lying position.
During some conditions where it is not possible to feed your baby on the breast, expressed breast milk can be given by cup and spoon.
Check for baby's hunger pangs, be close to your baby and know when to feed your baby even if asleep. Make yourself as well as your baby comfortable.
Breast feed your baby almost 8-12 times a day for the 1st month. Later, it may decrease to 7-9 times. Make sure it's 'on demand', feed after every 2-3 hours, even at night. Let your baby feed on one breast and then on the other one. Start with alternate breast for next feeding session.