As a first time Mom, you probably will have a million questions when it comes to the care of your baby. One of the first acts of nurturing as a new mother will be feeding your little one. For many women, this will mean breastfeeding. A common misconception is that breastfeeding is something you just “know how to do.” Breastfeeding is a learned process by both the mother and the baby, no one is born knowing how to do it.
Ask for Help: Throughout your pregnancy you’ve probably spent a great deal of time prepping for your new baby by reading and taking classes but learning about motherhood and living motherhood can be very different. This also applies to breast feeding, don’t be afraid to ask for help. After birth, your little one will generally rest a little and enjoy the close proximity to mom that skin-to-skin allows, after that hunger takes over and they will begin seeking out your breast. This first hour after birth has been proven to be key in initiating breastfeeding with your little one and if you have any concerns or issues, don’t feel embarrassed to seek guidance (most mom’s will need some direction and pointers). Most hospitals have a lactation consultant readily available who will come to see how your baby is latching on. They provide guidance and advice for how best to position your baby and your body. Once you are home, it can sometimes feel like a completely different situation to when in hospital and you may feel alone and like breastfeeding is a hopeless situation, again, don’t be afraid to call on help. There are many lactation consultants, midwives and nurses who gladly will do home visits or video calls to offer assistance.
In addition to seeking professional help, friends and family can be a great resource. Turning to your Mom, Aunt or friends who have been in your shoes can bring great comfort. There is a reason why they say “it takes a village” to raise a child!
Rest: While it seems like the opposite piece of advice to give a mom of a newborn who is waking up a million times a night, rest is vital to keep you healthy, sane and keep milk production up. Try to rest whenever possible while your little one is sleeping, especially in those early days. The washing and cleaning can wait.
Smart Food Choices: The food that you choose to consume provide nutrients to your little one. You’ll want to choose foods that that will help promote their overall health and growth. Opt for protein-rich foods, such a lean meat, eggs, beans, or lentils. Additionally, include a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Stay Hydrated: This might sound like a no brainer, but when you’re a new parent and figuring out your new normal forgetting to drink water is very common. Drink lots of water! A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water every time you breastfeed or pump. Your body needs liquid to produce milk, and you’re drinking for two!
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