If you recognize how important feeding your child naturally can be, both for their nutrition and the bond it can forge between mother and child, then you are probably willing to suffer through all kinds of discomfort to make sure your baby gets their milk. However, you don’t necessarily have to suffer through it quite as much. Here, we’re going to look at three of the most common issues mother have with feeding time, and some of the tips on what, exactly, you can do about it.
If you’re in pain, you can do something about it
Breastfeeding can be a very new experience, physically, and a lot of women do suffer pain from it, but they might not be aware that there does exist some solutions depending on what kind of pain they’re suffering. If it hurts to nurse, it could be because your baby doesn’t have a proper latch. Wearing a nipple shield as shown at Balanced Breastfeeding can protect you while directing the baby to the correct latch. Cracked nipples are far from rare when your child’s been feeding away, too. Creams like Lansinoh can help soothe some of the pain you’re feeling and help you heal much quicker. Since they’re all natural, you don’t have to worry about washing it off before the next feeding time.
Keep it on your schedule
The kind of breast pumps shown at Mom Activity aren’t just good for those mothers who work. A breast pump allows you to feed your baby a lot more flexibly. They don’t always have to be latched onto you and you don’t always have to be in “high storage” mode to feed them. Whether you pump independently, or you use the pumps after a natural feeding, it helps you keep in supply. This means you can feed the baby when it suits your schedule, and your family can help take over if you are utterly drained and need to lie down for a few hours.
You shouldn’t worry about propriety
Most mothers will agree that any kind of taboos around feeding in public are not only silly, they’re counter-intuitive. The idea that anyone should stop rearing a healthy baby because it makes some people uncomfortable seems ridiculous. But as a result, many mothers feel self-conscious about feeding. That can’t be helped, but breastfeeding covers as shown at Made for Mums can do away with that notion entirely. You want to make sure that the fabric is light, maneuverable and breathable so you don’t worry about smothering anyone under there. A fabric that can stop leaks from showing through is going to save you from any embarrassment that a dark spot on your top might cause you. Hopefully, we can move past the complex that society has about public feeding, but until then, breastfeeding covers are a lifesaver.
Learning to feed your baby, to get into a routine, and to make it as comfortable as possible for both of you can take some time. Hopefully, the tips above help you find that happy regularity that can make a new mother feel much more at ease.