Three Simple Ways to Begin Nursing a Newborn

November 18, 2016
Mothers who are looking to nurse their babies for the first time are often encouraged to do so. Below are three ways women can have a successful experience in feeding their newborn.

Starting Right After Birth

By beginning breastfeeding as soon as the baby is born, mothers can establish a bond between her and her baby. Although the breasts are only producing colostrum, starting nursing now will encourage the milk to come in.

Getting as Comfortable as Possible

Nursing can sometimes take longer than a new mother might realize. It’s suggested to sit or lay in a relaxing position. Using a nursing pillow can help. The lactation consultants team at the hospital can suggest various positions, such as the football hold.

Avoid Caffeine and Eat Often

Mothers who are breastfeeding need to watch their caffeine intake. Since what they consume affects the baby, having too much coffee or soda can keep their newborn up more than they would like. It’s important to include plenty of small, healthy snacks to keep milk production steady.

There are many ways to ensure nursing success with a newborn. Through support and advice from pediatrics and some planning, mothers can feel confident in feeding their babies.

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