Many mothers enjoy breastfeeding as they feel it creates a deeper bond between them and their little one. Studies have also shown that breastfeeding is beneficial for babies’ early development, as breast milk is highly nutritious.
For new parents, there’s a surprising amount to learn about the process, like how to latch, which breast pump to buy, how to store breast milk.
Today, we’ll help you learn everything you need to know about breastfeeding and pumping. (And we’ve got some top tips for first-time mums too!)
Take Care of Your Health and Body
Your body burns an extra 400-500 calories when breastfeeding, which means you have to keep yourself well-nourished to make up for the calories burned. Keep in mind that your body is also “repairing” itself from having just given birth, so eating well is especially important to keep yourself healthy during this period of time!
It’s also important to monitor your health regularly after giving birth. The World Health Organization recommends having at least four postnatal check ups in the first six weeks after giving birth, and any additional check ups you need to address other issues.
Learn Techniques for Proper Latching
A poor breastfeeding latch can mean your baby isn’t able to feed as quickly or sufficiently as needed. Improper latching can also lead to issues like sore and cracked nipples, which can be extremely uncomfortable for new mums and can affect your ability to breastfeed.