Do you remember a time in your life when you felt out of your depth? Stepping into the unknown with a newborn baby is extremely daunting, and no baby has ever arrived with a manual. Even if they did, there is no one way to raise a child, as every baby is unique. As a result, mothers are often left to work out how they are going to feed their babies, which can come easily to some, but for others, it can be a challenge.
Preparing for your baby’s arrival will help put you in the best position for a positive outcome. The more you know what to expect, the better choices you will be able to make.
A few ways that you can better prepare for your baby’s birth and learning how to breastfeed are as follows:
1. Contact your Maternity Programme and find out as much as you can about breastfeeding. Your dedicated midwife will give you the correct information with regards to what to expect with your newborn.
2. As part of the scheme’s in-hospital benefits, a midwife or nurse will assist and support you with initiating the breastfeeding process once your baby is born. They can also help you get a deeper and more comfortable latch, as a shallow latch is normally the cause of painful, cracked nipples. They can aid with emptying your breasts to prevent or assist with engorgement or mastitis.
The Importance of a Strong Partnership
Don’t underestimate the importance of your partner, who will play an integral role in supporting you after the birth of your baby. Your partner will also play a much bigger role in the birthing process and care of your child, and can be the most valuable support to you as a new mom. Your partner knows you best and will see when you are vulnerable, and when you need help. They can assist with latching and positioning, keeping you hydrated, helping with guests, changing nappies and letting you get some much-needed sleep. Most importantly, if your partner believes in your ability to breastfeed and supports this choice for the benefit of your baby, research has shown that this support could help you breastfeed for longer.
Becoming a parent is a constant learning opportunity and can be difficult at times. The key is to surround yourself with people who care about you, have your best interests at heart, and have the appropriate knowledge and experience to help you on your journey.
Interesting Facts About Breastfeeding
|Breast milk is more easily absorbed than formula|
|Breastfed babies have less stomach upset, diarrhoea and constipation|
|Breast milk contains messenger antibodies that teach your baby’s |
immune system how to respond to viruses and bacteria
|Breast milk reduces your baby’s risk for developing asthma or allergies|
|It is normal for a newborn to feed 8-12 times in 24 hours|
|Breast milk stimulates the production of oxytocin, which assists in reducing your womb back to its normal size|
|Mothers that breastfeed for extended periods have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer|
|Breastfeeding helps with weight loss|