By the time you’ve stumbled across this blog entry, you will have already decided that you’re going to breastfeed your little bundle of joy. As overwhelming as it may seem, keep in mind that breastfeeding your little one is the best start that you can possibly give him or her.
However, with a plethora of information available, new moms may find the prospect of nursing their baby rather daunting. Take a deep breath, count to five and exhale – we can assure you that everything will come together seamlessly; all that you need is a few pearls of wisdom with which to guide yourself through the process.
Not only do new moms put pressure on themselves to breastfeed their new born, but they are also put under pressure to do so in a manner that will not offend the people around them. As much as we would like to remain at home, our little one peacefully latched onto our chest, new moms will need to brave the outside world. In an effort to offer comfort to new moms, here are a few helpful tips on how to simplify breastfeeding:
Be prepared for what comes first
A breastfeeding station, the first feed, pushing through the pain and dealing with discomfort are just a few of the first steps that every new mom needs to endure. To simplify the breastfeeding process, set up a breastfeeding station in your little one’s nursery – this will give you sufficient space and privacy to feed your baby, and all of your necessities will be within your reach.
Once you’ve had your baby, your midwife will explain the importance of the first feed, the composition of the milk and the sensation that you will experience. Pain, cracked skin and sensitivity are simply part and parcel of breastfeeding, but with the right preparation, you’ll be able to push through it all for the sake of your little bundle of joy.
Invest in the necessities
Shawls, nipple creams, shields, nursing bras and tank tops will ensure that you’re ready to tackle the task of breastfeeding head on. Not only will these items make your life easier, but they will also bring you comfort and offer some relief. If you find yourself with a busy schedule six weeks post-partum, shawls and breast shields will offer privacy and comfort while nursing tank tops will offer simplified convenience during feeding.
Public breastfeeding 101
The first rule of public breastfeeding is to not be afraid of it! People will gawk and glare but, as a new mother, your responsibility is to ensure the health and happiness of your baby – and you don’t have to stay at home to do that.
Simple stock up on feeding bras, shawls or large enough blankets (that have been washed in a fragrant fabric softener, of course) to ensure that you and your baby have the privacy that you need to successfully feed. If you find yourself out and about, look for tables that are near the back of the café or restaurant as this will give you the space to do what needs to be done.
If breastfeeding feels like a daunting task, simply remind yourself that it is what nature intended and that breast milk is mother earth's most perfect food. You’ll soon relish the close contact that you have with your little one, and will delight in the sight of him or her supping up all of the goodness that will lead to a healthy and happy toddler.