Tips for Making Breastfeeding a Little Easier
Breastfeeding is often a challenge for new moms and even for moms who have done it before. Just remember to hang in there! If breastfeeding doesn’t work for you, that is absolutely okay, after all fed is best! However your baby gets its food is valid. If you are going with the breastfeeding route, we have a few tips to help you along the way.
Wear Nursing Friendly Clothing
Wearing clothing that is breastfeeding friendly is key in having a successful nursing experience. Look for clothing that is made specifically for new moms and has accessible sleeves, so you don’t have to take clothes off in order to nurse. It’s also important to choose nursing clothing that is gentle on your baby’s skin, so when choosing clothing look for 100% cotton fabric. We definitely recommend a Giftgown for nursing. They’re comfy, cute, and accessible for mama and baby!
Join a Support Group
Being a new mom can feel really isolating at times. To combat this, we suggest joining a support group. Having peer support can show you that you’re not alone and that other new moms are having ups and downs too. Plus, you may find some of the best breastfeeding tricks come from your mom friends!
Take a Breath and Relax
As a new mom who wants to make sure her baby is fed, it can be easy to feel stressed, particularly if you are struggling with nursing. When you’re feeling overwhelmed with it take a few minutes to breathe and relax. Chances are you’ll have an easier time once you’ve calmed down.
Meet with a Lactation Consultant
If you’re struggling with nursing, getting a professional’s advice can be really helpful. Lactation consultants are trained specifically to deal with new moms and help them make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable. Pro tip: make sure you choose a lactation consultant who you’re super comfortable with, as things might get a little personal.
Everything that you eat is passed on to your new baby, so eating well during breastfeeding is really important. Try and aim to eat lots of whole unprocessed foods and make sure to get your vitamins in! And don’t forget to drink lots of water!
We hope this helps make breastfeeding a little bit easier for you! 🤱