Breastfeeding should be enjoyed as a bonding time for both you and your baby. To enjoy it more though, you should be aware of the common breastfeeding problems like cracked and sore nipples, mastitis and breast engorgement. You should not be scared of it though as many mothers did it without any cracked or sore nipples. The trick to avoiding sore nipples is to do breastfeeding properly.
How to Start Breastfeeding
You should start breastfeeding the baby within 24 hours after he or she comes out. This would help initialize the production of milk if your breasts don’t have milk yet. On the other hand, this would help if you have tender and swollen breasts, breastfeeding soon enough and regularly enough would relieve the engorgement. By doing so, you even feed your baby sufficiently and you make the baby healthier as well.
Again, by doing it frequently enough this would make milk production regular as well. And so, you may even avoid nipple biting. In turn, you will be able to avoid sore nipples . Breastfeeding may be difficult to some at the start though. But you should be patient for the sake of your baby. In time you would be able to establish a feeding schedule that would work for both you and your baby. You would also get used to the feeding times of your baby.
How to Maintain a Healthy Breastfeeding Habit
Some mothers are too eager to stop breastfeeding and to switch to formula milk. But the truth is even if you have to go back to work you can still use your breast milk to feed your baby. Simply express your breast milk and store them for use during feeding time.
At times the reason why breastfeeding is stopped is when the baby refuses your breast milk. This could be due to a change in the taste or maybe the smell of the milk. You should look at what triggered the change and go back to your old practices.
That is why you should not just change your diet abruptly. Drinking and smoking would also affect the milk and ultimately the baby as well. That is why you should avoid taking something new and harmful to the baby.
How to Use Breast Milk Even When You Are Not Around
Again, many mothers have to go back to work so they instead switch to formula milk. The best thing to do is to express the milk and store it in a clean container and freeze it. If the milk is frozen it could even last up to 3 months. If you refrigerate, you can store it up to 48 hours. So your baby can consume breast milk even when you are not around. If you are going to use frozen milk, put it in the refrigerator for a few hours or run it under cool running water. Avoid putting it back to the freezer or thawing it in room temperature. Instead throw away unused milk in the same container. You should also never heat it in the microwave.
If you plan to breastfeed when you are around, you should not use rubber nipple when feeding the baby. Otherwise the baby may refuse to breastfeed when you try to breastfeed again. Instead feed the baby using a cup or a spoon. You can also do this during the times when the baby refuses to breastfeed.