Learning how to jumpstart successful breastfeeding can be a challenge for new moms. For some women, lactation has always been difficult and taking the first step toward complete breastfeeding is often daunting. For others, the idea of pumping milk exclusively or even bottle feeding their child scares them away. Fortunately, there are many options available that allow new moms to enjoy complete bliss in the comfort of their own home. In this brief article, I’ll share what I’ve learned from my own mother about how to jump-start her favorite part of motherhood.
First, you’ll need to determine when your body is ready to begin lactating. For many new moms, this happens a few weeks after the baby comes home. In other cases, it happens much earlier, right after birth. Once your body has identified that it is time to start producing milk, you can then start practicing a number of simple exercises to help jump-start a successful breastfeeding.
One of the most convenient methods for jumpstarting breastfeeding is limiting visitors. When your baby is hungry, she’ll want to explore her surroundings. If you have any visitors in the house, attempt to keep them away as long as possible. This will minimize the amount of time your baby spends looking for a nipple. As a bonus, limiting visitors also helps to settle your baby back to sleep when you’re not present.
Some new moms find it helpful to keep a bottle of breast milk on hand at all times. Even if you aren’t planning to bottle feed your baby, you should still keep some on hand to give you a little bit of “practice” whenever you feel your baby getting hungry. You can even use the extra milk to encourage your baby to nurse more often. Just remember not to overdo it, as you don’t want to nurse more than once every two hours or so.
Another great way to jumpstart your breastfeeding is to invest in a quality breast pump. You may think that you already have a breast pump; if you do, then good for you! But did you know that babies grow very quickly and as a result, the pumps they use tend to break down more often? Invest in a quality breast pump that uses advanced technology to ensure high-quality milk every time, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your baby grows.
Don’t limit visits to the librarian. Researching books and magazines on breastfeeding can help you learn many interesting facts, techniques and tips that will make feeding your baby a whole lot easier. A librarian can be a great resource for information, especially if you’re travelling. If you can’t get away from the books and magazines, bring them along with you and never worry about the safety of your baby while you’re feeding.
Lastly, set aside some time for yourself each day. Take some time to relax and enjoy the process of breastfeeding your baby j yet another new life. A librarian is great for reference but don’t forget that you’re the one doing all the work! Limit your daily activities to eating healthy, getting enough sleep and resting. Remember that you and baby are working together – you need to get the job done and while you’re doing it, give your body the nutrients it needs to ensure consistent milk supply. Let your body rest after a long day and it will reward you with a strong, hungry baby j!
So, now that you’ve read the guidelines above, what’s your plan of action? You’ve learned about the importance of planning, you’ve read about how to limit the distractions around you while you work, and you’ve applied some practical tips to help you get started. The next step is up to you – just follow through. Plan an effective and timely lactation consultant appointment and enjoy a successful breastfeeding.