|1. Keep baby close.
Babies thrive when they are close to
their mothers. Having baby close to you will strengthen the bond
you share. Spend time in a quiet, darkened room and connect with
your child. Drink in the face, ears, fingers and toes. You have
created a wonderful being! Mother's bare chest is the place to be, this
is your baby's habitat,
where a human infant belongs. If baby is kept skin to skin on
Mom's chest immediately after birth, the natural instinct for your baby
to find the breast and eventually latch on unassisted can take place. Babies know how to breastfeed - but they need to be in the right place. Check out this July 2010 link on the importance of skin to skin contact for all babies.
how to recognise that baby is getting enough milk.
Consultant/breastfeeding support person to help you learn how to
pause in the chin when baby is actually drinking milk from the breast. Check out some videos and watch for the tell tale signs of swallowing. Always
remember that what goes in has to come
out. A breastfed
baby needs to be having
5-6 heavy wet diapers by day 6 and at least 2-5 poopy diapers.
3. Work on getting the best latch possible.
baby that is well latched will have enough nipple and areola in his
mouth so your nipples will not hurt and he will be able to drink a
sufficient amount of milk. Keep working on the latch. As
baby gets older, and you become more confidant it will become
Take baby to bed with you for a day
or two. Take the
phone off the hook,
sleep frequently, read a good book, watch TV, etc. Being so close to
getting rest and frequent nursing can make all the difference. This is
especially helpful if your milk supply is low, if you have mastitis
feeling run down and exhausted. At
very least always try to sleep when baby sleeps.
Knowledgeable about breastfeeding and the early childhood period
Learn as much as you can about
breastfeeding before baby is born, if possible.
Great books include La Leche League's "The
Womanly Art of
Breastfeeding" and "Dr Jack Newman's Guide to
information about breastfeeding you will feel more empowered and
you will make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.
Knowledge is power
out other new mothers.
mothers with babies close in age and a little ahead of your own and
to expect as your baby grows. Learn from other women who have
breastfed their children. La
is an amazing support for breastfeeding women. Don't isolate yourself at
home. Seek out
playgroups and new mother support
Early Years Centres
a great place to start.
|7. Don't have any formula in the
house when you get home
Don't accept any free formula from
the hospital when you are discharged and don't go out and purchase any
on hand "just in case". Giving
out free samples of formula by hospitals contravenes the WHO
on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
Having formula readily available increases the
probability that you will
give some to baby and so experience
difficulties in latching to the breast and/or a compromised milk supply
as increase the risks to baby from receiving the formula itself.
When others say "is there
anything I can do to help?", give them something to do!
Have a list of tasks on your fridge,
"take out the garbage", "laundry", "take the dog
out", "do the dishes" etc.
have your visitors choose one of them.
Let visitors help - if they ask then assume
that they want to do
something for you. Don't
try to be
proud to breastfeed!!
You are giving your child an amazing
gift - the very best start any baby can ask for. Be proud to
breastfeed. Learn to breastfeed discretely if you need to feel
comfortable nursing in public. Be
confident in your parenting choices, trust your instincts and when
giving you advice - take what works for you and your family and leave
rest. This is YOUR
baby - no-one else's.