6 Ways to Stress Less About BreastfeedingHeed these breastfeeding hacks for a stress-free nursing experience.CREATED WITH KNORR
Breastfeeding is the best and most natural way to provide food and nutrients for your newborn baby.
Unfortunately, it's not always the easiest. Latching pain, mastitis, clogged ducts, low milk supply, and engorgement are some of the most common challenges lactating moms face. Among these, low breast milk production is one of the things new moms worry about the most, given that breastfeeding is all about supplying adequate milk for their growing baby's overall development.
If you're encountering any of these nursing problems, heed these six easy and effective solutions that will help you deal with your breastfeeding woes:
Eat a healthy diet.
Breastfeeding can take a toll on your body, so following a balanced diet ensures that your body is in optimal condition.
Eating nutritious dishes with ingredients that boost milk production is the best way to go. One great option is the Pinoy favorite chicken tinola, which has protein-rich chicken, breast-milk-boosting malunggay, folate-filled sayote, and anti-oxidizing ginger, among its many other nutrient-packed ingredients.
Drink lots of liquids.
It is important to drink more water when you're breastfeeding, because you lose more fluids during this process. While drinking more water has no direct relation to boosting milk supply, dehydration can interfere with breastmilk production and breastfeeding itself, because it can cause health problems such as maternal constipation and fatigue. Aside from water, some other liquids you can consume are broth and soup.
As the cliché goes, practice makes perfect, and like all skills, breastfeeding can be learned, too! Once you finally get the hang of it, you'll be able to apply the strategies that work best for you—such as the correct latching positions for pain-free breastfeeding, for example. Another benefit of frequent nursing is an increase in milk production, because breast stimulation helps trigger milk production.
Get enough rest.
Breastfeeding a newborn is like being on-call 24/7, which equates to a messed-up body clock. To keep your immune system—and consequently, your milk supply up—get as much rest as you can whenever your baby is asleep. You can also let your partner take the baby for a while after breastfeeding, so you can get more sleep. Being well-rested will create a huge difference on the way you breastfeed.
Wait to use bottles.
You'd think feeding your baby with formula milk or using a dummy pacifier will increase your milk supply because you give your breasts a break, but it actually does the exact opposite. When breastfeeding is disrupted, your milk supply can significantly drop. Bottle-feeding can also affect the baby's latch and confuse him or her when you use different methods alternately. Remember: Breastfeeding is a supply-and-demand process—your breasts only produce milk according to your baby's demands.
Getting assistance from an expert or even other breastfeeding moms can help broaden your breastfeeding knowledge. Ask for tips, learn breastfeeding techniques, and share your experiences with them. Knowing that you're not alone and you have people to lean on will effectively lessen the stress brought about by breastfeeding, and therefore help boost your milk supply.
Try doing all or more than one of these hacks for a more stress-free and rewarding breastfeeding experience!