Whlie breastfeeding boasts countless benefits for both mom and baby, there are some common mistakes to look out for. Doing so will make your breastfeeding experience the best one possible for you and your baby.
But what types of concerns do new moms need to look out for? From pain while breastfeeding to introducing a bottle to wearing the right bra, breastfeeding has a learning curve for moms and their babies.
Keep reading on to avoid these common breastfeeding mistakes that moms make and learn tips on how to help if you experience one of these problems.
1. Ignoring Pain
Although many moms may feel some discomfort when starting out breastfeeding, ongoing pain from breastfeeding may be a sign of a problem.
If you are experiencing pain during breastfeeding, it is important to determine the cause of the pain. Some of the common causes of pain during breastfeeding include:
- Poor latch
- Breast engorgement
- Tongue ties
Sometimes pain can be fixed with something as simple as finding a different nursing position. Seek out help from a certified lactation consultant to help determine the cause of the pain.
2. Forgetting to Take Care of Yourself
Remember to take care of yourself. You just delivered a baby, and your body has been through a lot. It’s important to make sure you are also taking care of yourself and your needs. This will help when it comes to breastfeeding.
Hydration is essential when it comes to producing breast milk. Breast milk is composed of 80% water. Therefore, if you are struggling with a low breastmilk supply, try increasing your fluid intake to ensure that you are adequately hydrated for yourself and your baby.
It’s recommended that breastfeeding moms drink at least 36 ounces of water per day while breastfeeding.
In addition to dehydration, stress and lack of sleep can negatively impact breast milk supply as well. Which are two things many new mothers struggle with.
Try your best to rest and find ways to relieve stress. You may need to reach out to family and friends for help so you can sneak a quick nap in or do something relaxing.
3. Introducing a Bottle Too Early
Newborns can experience “nipple confusion” when introduced to artificial nipples such as bottles and pacifiers. Therefore, it’s recommended to try to wait until at least 1 month before introducing either to a newborn.
Look at this as more time to practice and get the hang of breastfeeding.
Bottles sometimes become a problem with newborns learning to breastfeed because the bottles are easier to latch onto. Additionally, bottles for babies allow for milk to flow quicker, and some babies develop a preference for bottles over breastfeeding.
4. Poor Nursing Bra
Properly fitting and functioning bras for breastfeeding are crucial when it comes to easier breastfeeding and breast health. If a bra is too tight, it will not only be uncomfortable, but it may put your breast’s health at risk and lead to complications such as clogged milk ducts and mastitis.
Find a bra that will expand or has room for your breasts to expand in case you become engorged and unable to pump for a while. While the fit is important, a nursing bra should also function well. It should be easy to expose your breast when it is time to feed your baby.
5. Skipping Pumping
Breastmilk production works on supply and demand. If your baby isn’t emptying your breast after each nursing session or only eating off one breast, you may need to pump. Breast pumping sessions signals to the brain that your body needs more milk produced.
Make sure you are saving your pumped breastmilk and storing it properly. Look into getting a freezer for breast milk if you are running out of space to store your breastmilk.
Avoid These Common Breastfeeding Mistakes
Breastfeeding can be a difficult journey, and don’t be discouraged if your breastfeeding journey looks different than someone else’s journey. Know you are doing your best as a mom and giving your newborn the best nourishment possible.
Avoid making these common breastfeeding mistakes and use some of these tips to make your breastfeeding journey a little easier.
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