Nursing and feeding tricks
Having a baby is like entering a long tunnel. you can’t see the end and you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. you emerge five years later having had less sleep then you might have wished, but thinking it wasn’t that rough after all. difficult days become difficult to remember.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel overwhelming love for your infant immediately. It often takes time, perhaps months, for real parental love as well as attachment to develop. Relax and enjoy the developing bond between you and your baby. Despite the newness of caring for your first baby, It won’t take you so long to become an old hand at baby care. Baby don’t arrive with attach instructions, but they do express their need.
Dressing sense for breastfeeding
- Keep a cardigan sweater, scarf or receiving blanket handy for a quick covering.
- If you are concerned about modesty, unbutton your blouse from the bottom, or wear a cotton t-shirt or pullover that’s easily lifted up. Your baby’s head will cover your bare midriff, and the t-shirt will cover your breast.
- Wear printed tops to make stains less visible if you leak .
- To prevent leaks from soaking through your bra cups, use soft handkerchiefs , three or four layers cut from an old undershirt, two-to-three-inch circles of terry clothes and stitched together, or a sanitary napkin or diaper cut to fit. Half a panty liner may be all you need. Nursing pads and other commercial products are also available.
- Wear a stretch bra that can be lifted up for nursing. Some women buy nursing bras before they go to the hospital, getting a size larger (and a cup size larger) than what they wore during pregnancy, but this doesn’t work for every woman consider buying a bra extender in sewing notions department for extra ”give” you may need.
- Keep you baby awake and sucking by gently rubbing her cheek.
- Stop an older baby who bites while nursing by pinching your baby’s earlobe just hard enough to be a distraction.
- Experiment with various breast pumps, If possible, to find the one that works best for you.
- If you are engorged and your baby isn’t ready to nurse, express some milk in a warm shower or bath, or place a warm compress on your breast before expressing milk.
- Some babies find it hard to settle down against slippery nylon or polyester. If you are wearing a shirt of either fabric, slip a diaper or receiving blanket between you and your baby.
- If you baby falls asleep while nursing, change the diaper to make baby wake-up, during you are ready to change breast.
- When you want to stop nursing, put your finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth to break the suction and ease the infant off your breast.
- Keep track of which breast you started on last time by transferring a safety pin from one bra strap to other. Or move a light weight expandable bracelet or fabric hair from one wrist to another. Few women use a ring that loose enough to transfer from hand to hand.
Comfort set-up for nursing
- when nursing your baby on chilly nights , wrap up in a big blanket or get into a snuggle sack together. Or have a sweater or robe available. Your milk will flow better if you’re warm and cozy.
- Use a big pillow with arms, or a C-shaped nursing pillow, for breastfeeding in bed. some nursing pillows have Velcro straps that fasten around the mother’s back.
- Protect linens and blankets while nursing in bed by covering them with a crib-size waterproof pad.
- Place a thermos with a warm drink, or a sports bottle filled with a cool drink, near the area warm drink, or a sports bottle filled with a cool drink, near the area where you’ll be feeding your baby, so you can have the drink you need. keep a few energy bars there, too.
- Select a cushioned rocker, armchair, or sofa for nursing while sitting up. Choose one with low arms to rest your arms to rest your arms on, and put a pillow under your nursing arm for added support. If you’re thinking about buying a rocker, remember that a wooden one will be easier to clean than an upholstered one, though perhaps not as comfortable.