Breastfeeding Advice from Missouri Midwifery
At Missouri Midwifery, we believe breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your new baby. There are a number of benefits for your little one and for you as a new mom. That being said, sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t come as easily as you may have hoped. Don’t worry! Many women struggle with breastfeeding in some capacity, especially if this is your first baby. Just like any skill, it takes some time and work to get the hang of it. Just because breastfeeding is a natural process doesn’t mean it sometimes isn’t difficult. Our Missouri Midwifery breastfeeding advisors have gathered a few pieces of advice to help you out.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help!
Asking for help while you are trying to figure out the whole breastfeeding thing is the best thing you can do for you and your little one. Each midwife and nurse at Missouri Midwifery is a certified breastfeeding advisor. If anything feels painful or uncomfortable, speak up and make sure that everything is okay. You are your best advocate and voicing your concerns early will help you get the answers and reassurance you need.
Nursing will probably hurt in the beginning as your body adjusts to this new task. Your nipples will probably feel sore in the first few weeks, and you may feel discomfort when your milk lets down. By keeping in contact with your postpartum care specialist, you can make sure you have the support you need to get through those tough moments.
Try Different Positions and Products
Breastfeeding is about practice and learning the best methods for you and your baby. Not every position is going to be comfortable. Do research and ask your midwife about different techniques. You’ll know when you find the one that’s right for you and your little one.
There are a variety of products to help with breastfeeding, too. If your baby is having trouble latching, you could try nipple shields to see if that helps. Many moms love using breastfeeding pillows to help provide extra support to the baby while he or she is eating. Using a good nipple cream can help reduce soreness too.
Take Care of Yourself!
At Missouri Midwifery, we know that when you’re taking care of a newborn it can be easy to put your own needs on the back burner. However, you need to take care of yourself too! Your body is using a lot more calories to make milk, meaning that you need to eat regularly to keep up your supply and energy. Drinking water is extremely important too. If you get dehydrated for too long, you may start to lose your milk supply. A good rule of thumb is to have a big cup of water nearby when nursing, it’s amazing how thirsty you may feel!
Another important tip to remember while breastfeeding is to relax. Remind yourself that it takes time to get the hang of anything new and that struggling does not mean that you are failing. Take a breath, drink some water, ask for some advice if you feel like you really need some, and keep going. You’ve got this!
Breastfeeding Advisors at Missouri Midwifery
Here at Missouri Midwifery, we want to be there for you during every step of your pregnancy and newborn care. Our Certified Nurse Midwives are trained to help you with lactation issues and can refer you to a lactation counselor if you need a little extra help. For more information on the services we provide for expectant mothers and babies, contact Missouri Midwifery today!