Nursing your baby might be the natural thing to do, but it’s one of those things that are easier said than done.
You might be a first-time mom, or still a mom in the making, or even had babies before and understand that breastfeeding is not a walk in the park – or at least at the beginning.
From trying to figure out a routine with your little one, to buy the best nipple cream for breastfeeding, to learning about the correct way to do it; it all takes time.
No need to worry Mamas I am here to help you.
Having gone through breastfeeding 2 girls and going through so much of what breastfeeding can bring along, I can humbly say that these tips and tricks can be lifesavers.
Tip #1 – Be Prepared
While your little one is still cozy growing inside you, you will need to prepare your body for when the baby comes. Finding the best nipple cream for breastfeeding can be a challenge. Always go for natural alternatives. Products with ingredients like cocoa butter, olive oil and vitamin E are always the best option. The more you recognize the ingredients the better. The good thing about these kinds of products is that the constant stress of harming yourself and the baby is gone.
Apply a rich amount of nipple cream on your nipples daily and also massage your entire breast. This will help with the elasticity in your skin as your breasts grow and will moisturize your nipples and prepare them for the constant sucking of your new baby.
Tip #2 – Start Right Away
Make sure you tell the person who is helping you deliver your little one, that you want to nurse. Ask them to give you the baby as soon as possible and when you hold them direct the baby to your breast right away – yes while you are still being taken care of down there.
I know it sounds t0o cliché but as soon as the baby is out you will be feeling well enough to do this.
Tip #3 – Skin to Skin
Holding your baby for the first time is the most magical thing in the world. A mama’s touch feels like home to those little ones and the magic of the skin to skin technique is amazing.
I had the nurse place, my baby, on my chest under my hospital gown and we stayed like this till the next morning. She would direct herself to my breast to nurse and then reposition herself when she was done to sleep again. Skin to skin makes both mum and baby relax and feel safe and establish a connection like no other.
Which brings us to the next tip …
Tip #4 – Relax
Don’t stress yourself about breastfeeding. Being prepared and knowing what you’re getting into is key to a better experience. Stress hormones affect milk supply and make it hard for the let down to happen. Try as much as you can to take this new journey day by day and not get overwhelmed by chores and work and other members of the family. Ask for help whenever you can and take care of yourself too mama.
Tip #5 – Take care of yourself
As mothers, we tend to forget about ourselves some time and priorities the little ones. But that ends up badly and no one benefits from that at the end. You need to eat well, sleep as much as you can, and stay calm and relaxed – I know that is sometimes hard when you’re a new mom… but we try.
Tip #6 – Ask for help
It takes a Village! Doing it alone is very hard. Try and find family members, your partner, a close friend, who you would feel comfortable to “boss” around a little at this time. Someone you can ask to make you something to eat, or clean up with you or maybe hold the baby while you shower. And if you go through something medical while breastfeeding that is new to you find an expert to ask – google can sometimes be horrible in situations like these. A breastfeeding consultant can be your best friend in the early stages of your breastfeeding journey. They can give you advice on how to latch the baby, tell you about vitamins or supplements that enhance milk flow, they also have information about the best nipple cream for breastfeeding in the market, how to apply it and when.
Breastfeeding is a tough but rewarding journey. Find other mothers in your area or online who are going through the same time and support each other. You’ll be surprised at the amount of support and encouragement communities like this offer. And who knows you might end up making friendships that last a lifetime.