Baby Care and Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is an ideal way to care for your baby. Not only does your baby get an extreme level of nutrients from breast milk, but he/she also is able to develop a close bond with you, one that easily benefits both parent and child. Unfortunately, breastfeeding is not as easy as you may believe it is. Once the baby is born, there is a time where you and he/she needs to learn how the process works. Then, there are occasions when you will feel engorged or very limited in what you can do. The good news is that many people find that baby care advice from experts helps.

Here are some tips to help you to make breastfeeding more successful, even right from the start.

1. Why not attend a class, many hospitals and birthing centers will offer these classes. They can be a great way to learn tips and tricks and to get the encouragement you need to breastfeed.

2. Feed the baby when it seems like he/she needs to be fed. With breastfeeding, there isn't a specific schedule since it is so hard to actually see how much he/she is getting. It is important to use your instincts when it comes to breastfeeding.

3. You may need to use a supplemental nursing system for the first day until you can get your child to latch on and start taking in milk. Many parents need to use these other options until they can get their milk to come in and get the child to take to the nursing process.

4. Your breasts are likely to leak. This is something most mothers-to-be do not realize. However, you can use nursing pads to help soak up that spilled milk. Chances are good that this will stop after your child is drinking properly.

5. Give yourself something to do while nursing. It is often helpful to the mother if she is not watching the clock. To keep things quiet, get a good book to read. Alternatively, if you want something more engaging, choose music or turn down television volume. If you are breastfeed in public, be sure to cover yourself and your baby with a nursing cover for privacy.

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful way for you and your baby to bond. It is not often easy to work through the process alone. Be sure to get help and even bond with other mothers who deliver when you do. This can help you both to have success.