6. Eat Healthy
To ensure a good supply of breast milk, pay attention to your diet. Breast milk changes in volume and composition depending upon your diet, so choose your foods carefully.
Some healthy choices to boost milk production include barley water, milk, fennel tea as well as garlic.
You must also eat lactogenic foods, which help increase the supply of breast milk as well as its quality. Such foods include raw almonds, oatmeal, eggs, carrots, spinach and brown rice.
Also, to keep up your energy, your body needs extra calories and fluids.
7. Hold Off on a Pacifier
Avoid giving your baby a pacifier during the early months, as it might interfere with breastfeeding.
Until breastfeeding is well established, a pacifier can cause your child to stop taking your milk. This will affect their growth, as you cannot feed your baby anything solid until he or she is 6 months old.
Once your baby has settled into a breastfeeding routine, you can give him or her a pacifier at naptime or bedtime. This will help reduce the risk of SIDS.
8. Take Care of Your Nipples
After each feeding, allow some of the breast milk to dry naturally on your nipple. Breast milk has antibacterial as well as healing properties that can help prevent sore or cracked nipples.
If your breasts leak between feedings, use bra pads and change them often.
If your nipples are dry or cracked, apply coconut oil or olive oil after each feeding. Gently rub the nipples with a wet tissue before feeding your baby.
While taking a bath or shower, wash the nipples thoroughly to prevent buildup of residue.
- Ideally, at least for the first six months, the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents to make feeding easier.
- Get as much rest as possible, as taking care of a newborn baby can make you extremely tired.
- Do not smoke. It exposes your baby to nicotine, which can interfere with your baby’s sleep. Plus, it increases the chances of developing asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and eye irritation in the baby.
- Avoid secondhand smoke also, as it increases the risk of SIDS as well as respiratory illnesses.
- Be sure to invest in some comfy nursing tanks and bras.
- You can use nipple shields to help your newborn latch properly.
- Create a breastfeeding station, so that you can nurse your baby comfortably.
- To be able to feed your child, try to reduce your stress level.
- Before taking any new medicine, nursing mothers should consult their doctor first.
- Always ask your baby’s doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby. Breast milk may not provide enough vitamin D for your growing infant.