Once baby arrives, moms are typically encouraged to start breastfeeding right away. If you’ve never breastfed before, you might think it’ll come naturally to you and your newborn. Baby is hungry, you offer up your nipple, baby latches on and sucks sweetly until he’s full. Easy, right? But what’s natural isn’t necessarily always intuitive (at least at first)—for either mom or baby.
But how will you and baby know what to do? Will he instinctively understand how to latch on? Will your milk let down?
So Baby secret keepers, here are 5 awesome tips to help you in your breastfeeding journey
Don’t be surprised if it hurts (at first)
Breastfeeding HURTS in the beginning. Your nipples are cracked and raw, your boobs are sore, and letdowns can be painful. The first two weeks are the hardest.
Don’t Pump A Stash
Don’t pump a stash until your supply is established — you’ll create an oversupply that way and probably choke your baby.
Don’t be afraid to breastfeed in public
Breastfeed in public however you’re most comfortable doing it (with a cover, blanket, etc.). If you’re always having to change plans or sit alone, it will feel like much more of a chore.
It’s so easy in the beginning to be consumed with everything baby and forget to take care of yourself. The problem is, if you forget to eat and drink, you aren’t helping your supply to increase at all. You need those extra calories and fluids.
Drink More Water and be Hydrated Always
It’s super-imperative to drink plenty of water. I got lazy with this early on and almost lost all my milk.