Getting used to breastfeeding can be tough for first time mums. Aside from potentially being uncomfortable, it can also be frustrating when you just can’t seem to get it right. A good idea is to find a breastfeeding coach or to speak to other mums that you know. Alternatively, your doctor or health care provider should be able to help and there are books and websites (like this one) that offer advice on how to successfully breastfeed your child.
Investing in a few breastfeeding essentials is a good way of being prepared. Breast pads are an absolute must, of course, but a breastfeeding cover for when you feed in public a really handy item that many mums don’t think of. A breastfeeding pillow is a wonderful resourse and a breast pump is another great idea.
Using nipple cream especially designed for mums is another important tip. Since nipples can become cracked and sore it is important to make sure that it’s comfortable for you. It is also helpful to remember that correct positioning and a good latch on will make breastfeeding far more comfortable for you and your baby.
Another good tip is to avoid foods that are too spicy; blander foods won’t give your baby any nasty digestive troubles. Also bear in mind that in extreme cases of food allergies, the allergens can be passed on to your baby through your breast milk, so if you notice what seems to be a food allergy it could be something in your diet.
If you’re having a lot of trouble getting your baby to latch, then you could also try buying nipple shields, which make it easier for your baby to latch. Also avoid giving your baby a soother until you’ve been breastfeeding for at least a few weeks as it can cause them to have trouble breastfeeding.
Cracked nipples, engorged breasts and even mastitis are just some of the problems that new mums face when breastfeeding, but don’t give up! Nearly every mum who keeps going and speaks to their doctor for advice will be able to breastfeed without any trouble later on.