A Quick Guide To Nursing With Comfort
With most pediatricians and healthcare experts advising new moms to breastfeed, it is no wonder that more mothers are choosing to nurse their infants exclusively for the first year of their infants’ lives. The benefits of nursing exclusively for the first year of a baby’s life are unmatched by any vitamin or health supplement that parents could give their infant, including commercial formulas that are crafted to include dozens of minerals and vitamins.
However, many new moms quickly find out that breastfeeding is not without its challenges. Many women experience such significant pain that they want to quit breastfeeding altogether and switch their babies to formula feeding. Before they give up, however, new moms should try these suggestions that could lead to long term successful breastfeeding.
New moms who try to breastfeed while sitting in a rigid, upright chair will more than likely experience pain in more ways than one. Even a tiny newborn can wear out a new mom’s back and arms as she holds her infant while he or she nurses. Rather than sit in a rigid and uncomfortable chair, a new mom should relax on the sofa or sit in a recliner while she nurses. She can also prop herself up in bed or lie down on her side in bed while she nurses.
Use Nursing Pillows
A new mother can make herself and her baby more comfortable by using a breastfeeding pillow. These special nursing pillows provide a soft and safe place for the baby to lie down while eating, as well as help the mom support the baby’s weight without straining her shoulders, arm, and back. The pillow can be placed on her lap or on the bed next to her as she nurses. There are many types of nursing pillows. Try searching online at sites such as http://www.target.com/c/feeding-pillows-breastfeeding/mombo-by-comfort-harmony/-/N-5xtknZ55kvx for ideas.
Breastfeed On Demand
Many new moms make the mistake of trying to put their babies on a breastfeeding schedule. When they try to stick to a schedule, they not only have cranky and hungry babies on their hands; they also experience painful gorging and leaking breasts. Pediatricians have long disproved the benefits of nursing on a schedule. Both mom and baby can be happier when breastfeeding takes place on demand.
Hot Compresses For Pain
Even with nursing on demand, however, many moms experience painful gorging. If they produce too much milk or if their babies are having problems latching on, new moms may have painful gorging that causes fever and swelling. If they experience these symptoms, new moms can relieve them by using hot compresses or hot packs on their breasts. They can also manually express milk to relieve gorging.
Breastfeeding without a doubt remains the best choice for many moms and babies. However, when dealing with its painful side effects, many mothers can find relief by taking these tips into mind.
Nadine Swayne submits this article to help all new moms who are breastfeeding. With the vast array of products available for infant care, pediatricians will always express that natural milk is the most beneficial for your child.
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