Breastfeed in the first hour made easy.
Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean that it necessarily comes easy. While breastfeeding for the first time is easy for some mothers, many first-time mothers are surprised to find that it is a challenge the first time that they try. Some mothers have trouble producing milk at first while some babies have trouble latching on for the first time. But these problems shouldn’t discourage you, as every mother can breastfeed, even if it takes some effort at first. Here are some things to keep in mind when getting started:
- Keep your baby in the room after delivery and breastfeed in the first hour after birth. This not only helps the uterus contract after birth but provides your baby with colostrum and increases the flow of milk. Waiting might seem like a good idea to give mother and baby some well-deserved rest, but it’s best to get nature’s process going as soon as possible.
- Know that you won’t be producing milk right away. The flow of milk comes in properly the third or fourth day after birth. Immediately after birth, the mother produces just a small amount of colostrum. This is no reason not to breastfeed in the first hour after birth as colostrum is beneficial for the baby and the baby’s suckling will start the flow of both colostrum and milk.
- Don’t worry if your nipples are inverted or flat. Many babies have trouble latching for the first time when the mother’s nipples are inverted. Though some people think that this will make breastfeeding impossible, it’s just not true. It might take some time for the baby to latch, but be persistent. The baby will start breastfeeding in no time.
- Some mothers experience pain when they breastfeed for the first time. This is nothing to panic about. It’s natural for some mothers to experience pain, but if the pain is too much, they should consult a doctor or lactation expert to make sure that their baby is latching correctly and if they’re positioning their baby correctly.
- Speaking of which, consult a lactation expert for any queries that you might have about breastfeeding. Some mothers struggle in silence with breastfeeding, but the key to breastfeeding smoothly is being informed. Talk to your doctors and nurses freely when you start breastfeeding and consult an expert if you face any difficulties so that your breastfeeding days go smoothly for both you and your baby.