Breastfeeding may come naturally to your baby but is a skill that new moms need to master. It is not a day’s job to master the skill, it takes practice and patience. Once you have mastered the skill of new-born feeding, it is indeed the most satisfying way to feed your baby.
Your breasts produce milk naturally after your baby is born. It is indeed the best food you can give your baby. The newborn feeding is primarily done through breastfeeding milk which contains all the essentials your baby needs to thrive and grow and it protects them from infections and makes their immune system strong. The first feed is, in fact, the most important one for a baby.
Breast milk is the only food your baby needs for at least the first six months of life to meet his requirements, babies who are breastfed well, grow up to be healthy and strong.
Benefits of breastfeeding for your baby
Feeding baby frequently ensures that your baby gets enough milk to grow and thrive healthily. It also helps your baby gain adequate weight which is essential for its growth.
Benefits of breastfeeding for you
The small baby drinking milk through your breastfeeding brings with its essential benefits to your body as well. It ensures that your breasts do not become too full which helps in preventing mastitis.
Some feeding baby tips you ought to know for breastfeeding
It is essential to know these feeding baby tips to give the best breastfeeding experience to nurture and grow your child
The small baby drinking milk from your breasts needs to be in a comfortable position. It is essential to find a comfortable position to allow the baby to latch easily on to your breast nipples for baby milk.
It is essential to make sure that your back and arms are well-supported with pillows. Position the baby close to you in such a way that the baby does not need to turn the head to reach the breasts to suck on baby milk.
- Latching On
Encourage the baby to open the mouth wide and once the baby’s mouth has latched on well to the nipples, his head should be slightly tilted back so that the nose is at the level of the nipple.
If you experience discomfort or the milk does not flow, it is recommended to detach the baby slow by inserting a clean finger in between the jaw and tongue to release the suction and try once again to breastfeed the infant milk.
- Feeding Cues
The infant shows some cues to help you recognize that it is time to feed the infant milk. It is important to keep the baby close to you at night to recognize the cues that the baby needs breastfeed.
These breastfeeding tips will be of great use to you for the entire period of breastfeeding your infant correctly and appropriately.