Breastfeeding a newborn baby can feel like a full-time job for many new moms. Often times, breastfeeding can be relaxing and sentimental, while other times it can be seen as tedious and a chore.
As with any motherly task, the better prepared and informed you are, the better the experience for you and your baby. Honeysuckle moms is here to help with some tips to make your time with your baby that much more special.
First and Foremost—Relax!
One of the greatest aspects of breastfeeding your newborn child is the quiet time. And as most new moms know, there isn’t a whole lot of this to go around. Be sure to take full advantage of this time by doing activities that you normally wouldn’t be able to do.
Pick up that book you have been dying to finish or catch up on your favorite TV show. The fact of the matter is, the more relaxed you are during breastfeeding, the more relaxed your baby is. So do yourself a favor and use this well-deserved quiet time to unwind.
Find a Seat that Supports Your Body & Your Baby
Let’s face it. Breastfeeding takes time. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to breastfeed in an environment that is both comfortable and practical for your needs. And, while there is no one-chair-fits-all for this purpose, there are things to keep in mind when selecting where and how you will breastfeed your child.
Choose a chair that is most comfortable for you, your body and your baby. Proper back and arm support is key to keeping you comfortable during prolonged periods of breastfeeding. In addition to this, leg supports, gliding chairs and using pillows are also commonly recommended by new mothers to make breastfeeding more comfortable. Ultimately however, it comes down to your baby’s and your body’s own preference for what feels best. So go with what feels right for you.
Use a Breast Pump
There are times for new moms when breastfeeding is not possible, and the breast milk needs to be delivered through another method. Maybe you are gearing up to go back to work, have family members babysitting, need an emergency supply of breast milk or your body simply needs a break. Being able to pump and store your breast milk can allow for greater flexibility for nursing your newborn baby.
Luckily, there are great products out there that can make this process much easier for moms. Specialized products for pumping, storing and reheating can help to make the experience better for mom, the baby and all parties involved. Breast pumps allow new moms to pump, store and feed their newborn with even greater ease and less restrictions than before. Plus, with a steady supply of breastmilk stored and ready to go, you can finally put daddy to work on feeding the baby.
For more information on breastfeeding products and new mom resources, explore our website, send us an email, or give us a call. We are more than happy to offer our help and advice.