Breast Feeding Your Baby

October 5, 2009 by Marmie  
Published in Motherhood

Helpful advice on Positioning, Growth spurts, and Pumping when nursing your precious baby.

Nursing and Engorgement Your Baby

Another very important factor is the care and comfort of your little one. 

Positioning is very important

Hold the baby parallel to the floor. Bring the baby to the breast; hold breast and slip into baby’s mouth.

You can also nurse while lying on your side in bed. To burp, scoop baby onto your chest then roll onto your back.

If the baby latched on wrong…and you’ll know it when you jump off your chair from pain.  If this happens slip your pinkie into the mouth to break the suction then try again.

Growth Spurts

Keep in mind that babies go through growth spurts. On average it’s at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year.

During these growth spurts, your little one will nurse like crazy and this is when many women give up thinking they don’t have enough milk.

Eat a few extra nourishing snacks drink more water and nurse, nurse, nurse. Your body will register that it needs to make more milk…and it will.

If you just keep nursing even though your breasts feel empty, you will be amazed that you will get a second or even a third let down.

Then when your baby goes back to normal nursing your milk will regulate again with less milk.

Pumping

Even though I am a stay at home mom, I use a breast-pump. It is great to have extra milk handy. I can go to a movie or out to dinner and know my little man will be fed.

I have tried several kinds- from hand pumps to hospital pumps. I rate them from worst to best in that order too.

The Ameda, Purely Yours pump is, comfortable and pumps well. I pump in the morning when milk production is high. I nurse on one side and pump on the other.

I just get about 2-3 oz then refrigerate and freeze it. I do this so I do not overly stimulate my milk production, which can lead to engorgement or leaking later.

Please give nursing at least 8 weeks before giving up. Everyday there are new changes to you and your baby and you may get overwhelmed. But after 8 weeks things start to smooth out and you’ll start feeling better.

What to do when nursing

Cuddle that wee one.  Hold those little tiny feet, sniff them…ahhhh.  Let those little fingers wrap around yours.

Sing to him, talk and melt into the stare of those penetrating eyes.

Also try keeping books lying around where you usually nurse. It is slow but steady reading. Reading you may not have time for otherwise.

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Don’t Stress

Just relax, really you need to relax, being tense keeps the milk from coming in. Remember many moms before you have braved it; you are not in uncharted territory.

Go somewhere quiet and private put your feet up and enjoy. Think of it as God’s built in “coffee breaks” …what a blessing.

Congrats again on your precious little one!

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