Quick Breastfeeding Guide For New Mothers

Posted on December 02, 2013 by Nick Marquet | 0 Comments

Quick Breastfeeding Guide For New Mothers

Quick Breastfeeding Guide For New Mothers

Are you a new mum and would like some easy to understand information on breastfeeding?

Here are four important breastfeeding facts to keep in mind, as well as 6 effective tips to help protect your milk supply.

  1. Fortunately, most breastfeeding problems are easily fixable, and many stem from an incorrect latch. Here is a great collection of latch videos.
  2. The more your baby breastfeeds, the more milk your breasts will produce. The less your baby feeds, the less milk will be produced.
  3. The less your baby is at the breast, the less milk your body will think is needed.
  4. Not only can dummies give little babies ‘nipple confusion’, but the more time baby spends on the dummy, the less time he spends on the breast, stimulating supply. 

Top Tips For Increasing Breastmilk Supply

Many new mothers are quick to doubt their milk supply, and some even stop breastfeeding because they think they have a low supply. These 5 effective tips will help your breastmilk to be in plentiful supply.

  1. Feed your baby more frequently. Keep your supply up by offering more feeds.
  2. Don’t feed on a schedule. You will produce the right amount of milk for your baby when your baby feeds when he or she needs it.
  3. Don’t top up feed. The more formula, food or drink you give your baby, the less breastmilk he’ll want - so the less you’ll produce.
  4. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. A nutritious, balanced diet will help your baby to gets what he needs. Drink lots of water too.
  5. Be available to your baby 24x7. When a baby has access to you at any moment for a feed or a cuddle, they tend to thrive, as does your milk supply.

Is My Baby Is Getting Enough Milk?

Most likely, yes, especially if your baby has: 6-8 very wet nappies in a 24 hour period, 2-3 soft bowel movements in a 24 hour period (although it is also normal for babies to have a bowel movement once every 2-3 days after 6 weeks of age), good skin colour and muscle tone. Your baby should be alert and content, putting on weight and growing.

If your baby has strong or dark urine, formed bowel movements, is constantly feeding or not gaining weight, your baby may not be getting enough breastmilk. Please seek help as soon as you can.

NEED HELP? You can call the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s helpline on 1800 686 268, which operates 7 days a week. Alternately you can hire a IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) who can help you in your home.


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