If you have chosen to breastfeed you certainly have made a good choice as breastfeeding protects your baby from infections and diseases. It is also very convenient as it is always the right temperature and available whenever and wherever your baby needs a feed. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for around the first six months of your baby's life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside other food will help them continue to grow and develop.

 

I Love Mommy/Daddy Burp Cloths by MineneThere are many myths about breast-feeding and often you can get confused by the numerous tips you get from your family and friends. One myth is that you might not be able to produce enough milk.
The tip we would like to share with you is to listen to you and your baby. Your baby will tell you whenever it wants a feed. Especially, a newborn baby might want to be put on a lot (!). The more often you put the baby on, the more milk you will produce. The baby's instincts asking for your breast and if you listen to it, will help you to produce enough milk for your baby!

Usually, the pattern how often a baby wants to be put on changes frequently depending on for example a growth spurt.
Also, it is very important to have your baby on for a minimum of 10 minutes per breast. Only after a certain time period (this is usually 10 minutes but varies from mother to mother – it could be less or more) the breast will produce more nutritious milk. The initial milk is usually just to reduce the thirst of a baby. So, take your time and enjoy the bonding between you and your baby!

 

Of course, as during pregnancy it is still important that you drink enough and that you eat healthily!
Should your nipples ever get sour use only edible moisturisers in between the feeds and cover the nipple with a silicone nipple until the tenderness is gone again. Especially when you start breast feeding the nipples first need to get used to the constant sucking. Also, make sure the baby has not got only the nipple in its mouth but also surroundings of the breast.
If any milk gets stuck and you feel little lumps, massage them and/or use a breast bump to get rid of the access milk. Don't wait to long if you feel a lump. The earlier you massage them out the less likely you get a congested breast.