With my first child, I thought breastfeeding would be simple. However, with a slightly premature baby, there were issues with latching. Problems like engorged breasts and sore nipples made things slightly uncomfortable. Still, after I learned the ropes, breastfeeding was a rewarding experience for both baby and mother. Here are five ways I’ve learned how to make breastfeeding more comfortable.
A Proper Chair and Stool
When I first brought home my baby, I had planned to nurse in an easy chair in our bedroom. However, since I had a perineal tear, there was some discomfort when sitting down. Thus, I quickly learned that I needed a softer cushion and a stool to ease any discomfort. There are some great glider chairs out there. However, they can be pricey. I kept my chair. However, I placed a small cushion underneath and bought a five-dollar stool to put my feet up on. This distributed my weight more evenly and allowed me to nurse comfortably. Even if you don’t tear during delivery, it’s nice to be able to put your feet up.
When my milk first came in, I experienced breast engorgement. This is when your breasts become overfilled. There are many ways to solve this problem. You can manually express the milk out in the shower. However, I found it easier to pump a little after feeding my daughter. This allowed me to make sure my breasts were empty. In addition, I had breast milk available for my baby if I had to be away for a few hours.
Having cracked and sore nipples can hinder nursing and even cause women to stop breastfeeding. Using a nursing balm can help prevent this problem. Look for one that that doesn’t leave a residue and is free of paraben and phthalates
Some people love nursing pillows. Some can do without them. However, for the first few months, my nursing pillow was a lifesaver. It allowed me to properly support my daughter’s head while she was breastfeeding. In addition, it allowed me to relax my arms which put less strain on my back. Finally, it helped me to position my baby correctly while feeding. I also used the pillow to help my baby sit up in the later months.
Cold and Warm Compresses
Warm compresses help increase the flow of milk. This helps prevent things like plugged milk ducts, engorgement and mastitis. After feedings, use cold compresses help reduce swelling and tenderness. Overall, using the compresses will help nursing be less painful.
I believe that following these tips helped me breastfeed longer and made the experience a positive one.
Breast Engorgement webmd.com
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