Breastfeeding can be an overwhelming experience, especially for new mothers. They often find multiple breastfeeding tips from the internet and from their friends/family which creates more confusion than ever. Some mothers often rely on various breastfeeding meal plans they find on the internet that may not be the most reliable.
In this article, we are going to look at some proven Do’s and Don’ts of breastfeeding.
Do’s of breastfeeding
- Start breastfeeding immediately after birth
The sooner you start, the better. Start feeding your baby immediately after birth. Nowadays most hospitals will encourage the first feed right after delivery. Keep trying even if the breastmilk appears to be slow or less. The more you try the more it will get better.
- Go for warm baths and massages
Warm baths are proven to improve the flow of milk. Take a warm bath or gently apply a hot water bag to your breast before feeding your baby.
- Recognizing symptoms that your baby is hungry
Sometimes a baby may not cry when hungry. Some other signs of your baby’s hunger include your baby starts pushing out his/her tongue, licking lips, bringing his/her hands near the mouth, etc.
- Change your baby’s diaper
Multiple studies have shown that babies take the feed better when they are wearing a clean and dry diaper.
- Prioritize cleanliness
Before breastfeeding, make sure you wash your hands and wipe your breasts with a damp cloth. Repeat the process after every feed. Following the cleanliness procedure will make sure there is no milk residue, sweat, or any lotion on you that could create any health issues in your child.
Sterilization is an important step for breastfeeding moms. If you are using breastfeeding accessories like breast shields, breast pumps then make sure you sterilize them properly after every use.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water will make sure that there is adequate milk production to meet your baby’s demands.
- Take care of your diet
What goes inside your body will go into your baby too. Regular intake of protein and vitamins is important to keep your baby and yourself healthy.
Don’ts of Breastfeeding
- Initially, breastfeeding can be difficult but don’t give up. Give yourself some time to get used to it.
- If you experience any pain or sore nipples, then immediately talk to your doctor and get yourself the necessary treatment.
- Avoid eating painkillers or any other medicines without your doctor’s prescription
- Your mood can affect your milk flow. So, avoid breastfeeding your child when you are feeling angry, stressed or depressed.
- Avoid eating spicy food and foods that can cause gas or constipation.
- Don’t feed any complementary solids until your baby is six months old.
If you need expert guidance on nutrition, and post-natal health then, contact Kanupriya Khanna, a Sr. Consultant Nutritionist & Child Nutrition Specialist in Delhi. She can help you in making your journey more joyful and less worrisome.