5 Breastfeeding Tips

5 Breastfeeding tips

We’ve compiled a list of Breastfeeding tips that’ll help you decide on whether or not to bottle feed. New parents want to give their babies the very best. When it comes to nutrition, the best first food for babies is breast milk. Experts recommend that babies be breast-fed for six to 12 months. The only acceptable alternative to breast milk is infant formula. Solid foods can be introduced when the baby is 4 to 6 months old, but a baby should drink breast milk or formula, not cow’s milk, for a full year. Cow’s milk contains a different type of protein than breast milk. This is good for calves, but human infants can have difficulty digesting it. Bottle-fed infants tend to be fatter than breast-fed infants, but not necessarily healthier.

Human milk contains at least 100 ingredients not found in formula. No babies are allergic to their mother’s milk, although they may have a reaction to something the mother eats. If she eliminates it from her diet, the problem resolves itself.

Sucking at the breast promotes good jaw development as well. It’s harder work to get milk out of a breast than a bottle, and the exercise strengthens the jaws and encourages the growth of straight, healthy teeth. The baby at the breast also can control the flow of milk by sucking and stopping. With a bottle, the baby must constantly suck or react to the pressure of the nipple placed in the mouth.

Initially, a breast-fed baby will need to be fed 8-12 times in a 24-hour period, especially since both baby and mother are getting used to the process. Breast milk is more quickly digested than formula, which is another reason why more frequent feeding is necessary. Another reason for the constant suckling at the breast is to stimulate the mammary glands to produce more milk for the baby’s growing appetite.  But the extra time spent feeding the baby that first year is well worth it as breast milk passes along the mother’s immunities and delivers the highest-quality nutrition for a developing baby.

Breastfeeding benefits

Besides being the optimal source of nutrition for your baby in her first year, nursing has obvious psychological benefits for both mother and baby. At birth, infants see only 12 to 15 inches, the distance between a nursing baby and its mother’s face. Studies have found that infants as young as 1 week prefer the smell of their own mother’s milk.

Many psychologists believe the nursing baby enjoys a sense of security from the warmth and presence of the mother, especially when there’s skin-to-skin contact during feeding. Parents of bottle-fed babies may be tempted to prop bottles in the baby’s mouth, with no human contact during feeding. But a nursing mother must cuddle her infant closely many times during the day. Nursing becomes more than a way to feed a baby; it’s a source of warmth and comfort.

When the baby is being fed and nurtured in this way, it’s natural for her to fall asleep quickly. When you know how much she can consume in one feeding, try to gently nudge her awake if she falls asleep too soon. You can easily rouse her with a little tickle of the feet.  Otherwise, she’ll get hungry sooner and you’ll be feeding her more often.

Breast-feeding is good for new mothers as well as for their babies. There are no bottles to sterilize and no formula to buy, measure and mix. It may be easier for a nursing mother to lose the pounds of pregnancy as well, since nursing uses up extra calories. Lactation also stimulates the uterus to contract back to its original size.

A nursing mother is forced to get needed rest. She must sit down, put her feet up, and relax every few hours to nurse. Nursing at night is easy as well. No one has to stumble to the refrigerator for a bottle and warm it while the baby cries. If she’s lying down, a mother can doze while she nurses.

5 Breastfeeding Tips

Find a Comfortable Position:

Positioning is key for successful breastfeeding. Choose a comfortable spot with good back support. You can try the “Cradle Hold,” “Football Hold,” or “Cross-Cradle Hold.” Make sure your baby’s head, neck, and body are aligned in a straight line, and their mouth is at the level of your nipple.

Latch Baby Correctly:

A proper latch is crucial for effective breastfeeding. Hold your breast with your hand in a C-shape, with your thumb above and fingers below the areola. Gently touch your baby’s lower lip with your nipple to encourage them to open their mouth wide. Aim to get as much of the areola into their mouth as possible, ensuring they have a deep latch to avoid nipple pain.

Observe Swallowing and Sucking:

As your baby feeds, watch for signs that they’re swallowing milk. You’ll see their jaw move in a rhythmic pattern, and you might hear them swallowing as well. Sucking pauses followed by swallowing are normal. If you notice shallow sucking without swallowing, it could indicate an improper latch.

Be Patient and Relaxed:

Breastfeeding is a learning experience for both you and your baby. Stay patient and relaxed. Stress and tension can hinder milk flow and make it more challenging for your baby to latch. Take deep breaths, use pillows for support, and remind yourself that it’s okay to take breaks and try again.

Feed on Demand:

For the first few weeks, feed your baby on demand, which means whenever they show hunger cues. These cues can include rooting, sucking on hands, and fussing. Frequent feeding helps establish your milk supply and ensures your baby gets the nourishment they need. As your baby grows, they’ll settle into a more predictable feeding routine.


Remember that both you and your baby are learning, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. If you’re experiencing pain, discomfort, or concerns about breastfeeding, consider seeking guidance from a lactation consultant, a healthcare provider, or a breastfeeding support group. Breastfeeding is a journey that requires practice, but with time, patience, and support, you’ll find your rhythm and create a beautiful bond with your baby..

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