Breast milk is the ideal food for your newborn. Breastfeeding is not just healthier for the baby but also for the mom. It is a natural process but can be a difficult task for new moms. The first few hours after giving birth are the best time to start breastfeeding.
Don’t worry if the amount of milk production is small, thin and yellowish. This is Colostrum which is a special kind of milk that helps in protecting your baby from different types of infections. Colostrum will change to transitional milk then mature milk within 15 days after the birth. All three kinds are perfect nutrition supply for your baby.
So, the first challenge will be to figure out how to hold your baby while breastfeeding. Begin by sliding your one hand up from baby’s upper back to the neck, this will help to support his/her neck. Make sure baby’s head is in line with rest of the body.
Place your second hand on the lower back of your baby. Bring baby closer to your bare chest, with baby’s chin and cheek touching your breasts. Most moms prefer holding their baby horizontally across their chest, but you can choose whichever holding position is comfortable for your baby and you.
Baby’s lips should cover the nipple completely. If your baby isn’t opening the mouth just squeeze a little amount of milk on his/her lips. You may worry that whether your child is getting an adaquate amount of milk or not. So, if you feel tugging sensation in your breast then this means baby is getting milk.
It is crucial to make the baby burp by gently patting his/her back after feeding to avoid painful gas. Breastfeeding nourishes your baby; hence it is equally important for you to make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating well.