Although breastfeeding is a learned skill, it does take practice and patience to become successful. We would like to share some “tips” with you and your family members as you begin an exciting new chapter in your life!
Breastfeeding Tips for Mothers:
1. Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible
2. Nurse your baby 8-12 times in each 24 hours, starting on the first day of life, and continue until infant is back to birth weight.
3. Keep your baby where you can watch for feeding clues: hand/finger sucking, putting his/her fists to cheek, “open mouth searching.”
4. Try different positions to find the ones that work best for you and your baby.
5. Ask a nurse to observe a few feedings to check for proper positioning and latch. This will help to prevent sore nipples and increase your milk supply.
6. If you are unable to breastfeed your baby right away, be sure to pump your milk regularly to increase and maintain your milk supply.
7. Listen carefully for your baby to make swallowing sounds while you nurse him/her.
8. Nighttime feeds are a critical part of breastfeeding. Supplemental bottles or replacing nursing with bottles has a negative impact on milk production.
9. Drink plenty of fluids.
10. The most important thing to remember is to take good care of you. You are only as good to your baby as you are to yourself.
Breastfeeding Tips for Other Family Members:
You have your own unique role in getting involved and supporting breastfeeding.
1. Tell mom what a great job she is doing.
2. Listen and offer support.
3. Help wake infant for feedings by changing diapers, allowing mom to rest during feedings.
4. Assure that mother has plenty of fluids to drink while nursing.
5. Assist mom with nighttime breastfeeding.
6. Help mom find a comfortable nursing position.
7. Answer telephone and take messages, especially when mom is breastfeeding.
8. Monitor visitors, particularly unexpected visitors and visitors who overstay their welcome, to ensure a restful stay in the hospital.
9. After the baby has finished feeding, cuddle and rock your infant.
10. Give mom a back rub
11. Create a “positive and calming atmosphere” to encourage and support a healthy breastfeeding relationship.
We hope you found these tips helpful! What are some of your tips for moms and their families?
Patti Jacobson & Jen Fera