Breastfeeding is an intimate and special experience between mom and baby. With that said, it can also be a scary and vulnerable time for a new (or even seasoned!) mother. When things don’t go exactly by the book, moms of infants may feel guilty for “doing something wrong,” or ashamed of “not getting the hang of it” immediately. But thousands of moms experience some level of struggle with nursing before finding a rhythm.
The following are the best of the best tips in breastfeeding success. Pick and choose from the list as the items pertain to your needs. Above all, remember that finding your nursing groove takes time. The bond you and your baby will experience (not to mention the health benefits for baby) make the effort worth it.
BREASTFEEDING TIPS AND TRICKS
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – This is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.
Kelly Mom – This is a great site created by a lactation consultant and mother of three. The website provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.
Breastfeeding Video – It’s sometimes useful to see breastfeeding in action. This real-life video gives tips and tricks to make nursing easy.
Nursing Positions – There are many ways to hold baby and position yourself to make nursing comfortable for both parties. Find the best position for you and your infant.
Forums for Nursing Moms – These online groups allow you to ask questions and communicate with real moms experiencing similar struggles and victories at the same time.
La Leche League – This organization has a multitude of resources, including local groups where you can connect with real life nursing moms.
Breast Feeding Inc. – This site has a ton of resources including videos, forums, etc.
Dr. Jack Newman – Dr. Jack Newman is a great advocate for breastfeeding. The site has a loads of info, including videos, articles and troubleshooting information.
While one of the benefits of nursing is that you don’t need a ton of stuff to do it, some of these items help make breastfeeding a little easier.
Nursing Pillows – These comfortable and supportive pillows is a must for all breastfeeding moms.
Nipple Cream – Sometimes your nipples will become sore, and will require some type of additional soothing moisturizer to protect and care for them.
Reusable Nursing Pads – While you are establishing your milk supply at the beginning, nursing mamas tend to leak. Using these pads, you prevent embarrassing spotting on your shirt while out in public. Reusable pads save you money in the long-run.