Breastfeeding provides your baby with the perfect diet for the first six months – It gives them everything they need and is an important part of motherhood. Helping to boost their immune system, you actually pass on your antibodies to your baby when you feed and it’s a lovely bonding time between you and your child due to the hormone oxytocin which is released.
Top tips from Sally Tedstone, The Essential Baby Care Guide breastfeeding expert on how to make your breastfeeding experience more enjoyable: -
- Try and let your baby breastfeed as soon as you are both ready after the birth;
- Breastfeeding is thirsty work so always have a glass of water next to you when you begin;
- In the first few days after birth, try to stay in your pyjamas and don’t worry too much about being the best hostess – This will really help build your milk supply;
- If you have cracked nipples use medical grade lanolin cream to promote moist wound healing;
- Don’t watch the clock when feeding; allow your baby to tell you when to feed and finish;
- If you are experiencing any problems or are worried, please contact your health visitor who should be able to help you or put you in touch with your local breastfeeding support group.
The Essential Baby Care Guide – http://www.essentialparent.com/