Nursing your newborn is such a beautiful experience. The bond that is created between mother and child through the process of breastfeeding is indescribable. From the minute your baby is born, you are its provider and protector.
When should you breastfeed?
It is recommended that you start breastfeeding within the hour your baby is born. The first milk produced is called colostrum and it is very essential for the infant. It is highly nutritious and is very easily digested. It aids in the production of bilirubin and prevents the child from contracting jaundice. It also helps boost the baby’s immune system. Nurse your baby as often as it wants to feed, sometimes every two to three hours a day. The child will have to be nursed for at least six months for proper growth and development.
What are the problems you could face while breastfeeding?
Although the experience of nursing your baby is a beautiful one, you can expect some physical issues that are rather common with breastfeeding mothers. Here are some of these issues and how you can find your way around them.
If you are a first-time mom, it is normal for your nipples to be sore when you begin breastfeeding. Usually, it is the position at which your baby is latching that could be causing the discomfort. The most comfortable way is believed to be when the baby’s mouth covers a larger area of the areola below rather than above the nipple.
You could suffer from cracked nipples due to improper pumping, dry skin, latching problems, or thrush. Check the baby’s positioning, wash your nipples with warm clean water, and use a moisturizer with lanolin cream.
Clogged milk ducts can cause lumps, redness, or some soreness which can be really uncomfortable. See a doctor and avoid tight clothing. Apply warm compress whenever necessary.
If your breasts are engorged, it can become difficult for your baby to latch on. The chances of breasts engorging are much less if you nurse frequently.
You could develop a bacterial infection called mastitis which causes flu-like symptoms. It is caused by cracked skin, engorgement, or clogged ducts. Antibiotics and hot compresses are your best bet against mastitis. You could also contract a fungal infection called thrush, which can be easily taken care of by using antifungal medication.
Inverted or flat nipples can be a challenge while breastfeeding. Using a pump and breast shells are known to help.
If you are a new mother, do not panic if you experience any of these conditions. They are pretty common and can be easily handled. Focus on maintaining a healthy diet and nurse your little bundle of joy as often as you can to make sure she grows into a strong child.
About the author and company
Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN(R) Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.
Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.