Here are some breastfeeding tips to establish a good breastfeeding supply right from the beginning.
1. Provide Frequent Feedings to Your Baby
Newborns should nurse up to 12 times every day. The breastfeeding milk supply that you produce is dependent upon the amount of stimulation your breasts receive from your baby’s feedings. Try to use both breasts each feeding (by alternating starting sides) and don’t attempt to limit feeding times or “schedule” feedings too far apart.
2. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Take care not to miss meals and continue to eat well. This will not only give you more energy for your day, but will also help maintain your breastmilk. (Need good breastfeeding diet suggestions?)
3. Drink! You Will Need Plenty of Fluids.
Breastfeeding mothers need to drink lots of fluids. If you remember to drink something every time you nurse your baby, you will be fine. Try leaving ice water near you to drink during your night feedings and frequently carry a water bottle to remind yourself to drink more.
4. If Possible, Rest When Your Baby Rests.
Laundry will wait. A toddler can rest with you as well. Just remember, it is extremely important for a new mother to rest. Your breastfeeding milk supply is very dependent on it. In fact, you should sleep when the baby sleeps for at least the first two weeks. This is a special time for you and your sweetie. Forget everything else and enjoy it!
5. Try to Relax During Feedings
This encourages letdown and allows breast milk to flow freely. Find a quiet place to nurse, if possible, and lie down if this is more comfortable. Breastfeeding milk supply is enhanced if you are comfortable and relaxed while you nurse.
Following these breastfeeding tips will get your breastfeeding supply off to a great start!
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