Hi there, mama ♡
Congrats on your new little bundle of joy! Breastfeeding can be an amazing journey, but it also comes with its fair share of questions and challenges. I'm here to break it down for you in simple terms, just like a chat with your bff. And it’s true, the beginning is hard but you’ll get the hang of it, it’ll work! And if it doesn’t, if breastfeeding isn’t for you, IT’S OK! Dont’ stress, do formula! Remember, fed is best ♡
1. Find Your Comfort Zone:
Baby feels all your energy, the good and the bad. So make sure you’re relaxed, refreshed and ready for the journey. Sit in a cozy chair or use lots of pillows to support your arms and baby, bring up your legs if you can, and wear comfy clothes, easy to open and close. Maybe button down pajamas for the first few days, and good clip bras.
2. Latch-On Like a Pro:
The more you latch on, the more milk you'll produce. It's a beautiful cycle! I find that the best position for your baby to latch well the football hold. With one hand hold your baby like a football and with the other hand sandwich your breast into the baby’s mouth. Sounds weird, but in practice it’s efficient! Your baby's mouth should cover not just your nipple but a big chunk of your areola too. Imagine their mouth forming a wide "gape" like a big yawn. Tickle your baby’s nose/mouth with your nipple to get them to open for a good and secure latch. Keep in mind, a good latch should lead to painless breastfeeding. If you’re in pain remember nipple creams and shields can provide relief while still being safe for the baby. Warm towels on your breast can help with any discomfort during or between feedings.
3. Timing Is Everything:
Feed on demand – whenever your little one is hungry. In the early days, that might be every 2-3 hours. But eventually, after a few weeks it could be a little less often, it depends on the baby. Consider pumping and bottle feeding at night to track intake, and make sure they’re drinking enough to be comfortable through the night.
4. Skin-to-Skin Magic:
Let your baby rest on your bare chest for some extra love, skin-to-skin contact is like baby's favorite thing, and it’ll quickly become yours too! It’s so pure and delicious, and it helps with bonding and milk flow.
5. Be Patient and Persistent.
It's okay if it doesn't feel like perfection right away. Practice makes perfect.
6. Hydrate and Eat Well:
Drink lots of water and have balanced meals. Your body needs the fuel. No need to stress about a "perfect" diet, though. You've got this!
7. Burp Time:
Gently burp your baby after each feeding to avoid tummy discomfort. They might not burp every time, and that's okay.
8. Pumping and Storing:
Pumping can help maintain your supply and offer flexibility and it allows others to help you while also bonding with the baby. If you're pumping, store the breast milk in clean bottles or bags. It's like liquid gold – freeze it, label and date it so you know when you need to use it by.
9. Take Care of You:
Rest when you can. Seriously, it's okay to nap! Ask for help when you need it, lean on your support system, whether that's your partner, family, or friends. This is so important!
10. Trust Your Instincts:
You’re the mom! You're the expert on your baby. Trust your gut, and your bond will grow stronger.
Remember, every baby is unique, and so is every breastfeeding journey. It may not always be smooth sailing, but with patience and persistence, you'll find your rhythm. If you ever have questions or need support, there are plenty of lactation experts and fellow moms out there ready to help you! You've got this, mama! ♡
And if this isn’t your first rodeo and you have some tips and tricks you’d like to share, please comment below! It’s greatly appericated by all our moms 🤱💕 #caprimom #caprilina #capribabe