When you give birth to your first baby, it will be the best decision to breastfeed your little one. Being a new mom is not easy as feeding can be difficult and painful if not done properly. Deciding whether or when to breastfeed is not easy and especially when it gets tough. One of the biggest problems is that you can never be sure how much is sufficient for your baby. There is no such nipple that can measure the exact quantity your little one need. But with some breastfeeding advice Australia you can feed your baby easily and know when a baby is hungry.
First understand when your baby is hungry. Most babies keep on crying as if they are hungry, it is physically painful for them. Therefore, most chances are that your baby will keep crying and will not fall asleep until he/she did not have sufficient milk. If after a meal your baby seem relaxed, communicative and playing, he probably had enough milk.
The mother can start breastfeeding her new born right after he begin the bonding process. If you have never nursed a baby earlier, here are some simple but important tips:-
Do not rely on clock to nurse your baby. Instead, follow your instincts.
You should be comfortable enough and your position should relax your arms and shoulders as well as your baby.
Hold your baby close and support their neck, shoulders and back so that he shouldn't have to make efforts to reach out to feed.
Placing your baby in a way with their nose level with your nipple is always good. The position will allow them to reach up to the breast well.
Wait until your little one opens mouth wide with the tongue down.
Make sure your nipple go towards the roof of your baby's mouth.
How to know that they are getting enough milk:-
They will appear content and satisfied and will stop crying after most feeds.
They should be healthy and gaining proper weight.
No soreness on your breasts and nipples.
Your baby should have five to six wet nappies a day.
Good skin color also reflects that your little one is getting enough milk.
Once your baby has started to feed easily, you should relax until they has enough milk. Sometimes they tilt their head up and down before latching on but this is instinctive behavior. It helps them find your nipple and bring them close to your breast. Make sure that they let go of breast on their own when they are finished.
If you have problems and think your baby is not latched on properly, ask your doctor or consultant. Getting your little one to latch on your breast can take some practice. But with proper support and patience, it will become easier.