If you have ever breastfeed a baby, you know it's not always smooth sailing. Breastfeeding can be very difficult.
Sometimes you're tired, and have other things going on and breastfeeding can become an inconvenience, or sometimes the baby could be easily distracted and making your quick efficient breastfeeding turn into an hour long process. This is why we have created a list of breastfeeding tips to help you with this journey.
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1. A Dark Room
We can all agree, that the best place to breastfeed your baby is in a quiet, dark room. This type of location is peaceful, relaxing and distraction free for the most efficient and stress-free breastfeeding experience. While this place is ideal, it's not always an option for us. Which brings us to our next tip.
2. Breastfeeding Cover
We can't always be home when it's time to feed our baby. Sometimes you might be at an appointment, shopping, at a restaurant, an event, or just out in a public place. A breastfeeding cover is a great tool that can provide some cover and protection for you but also create a darker atmosphere and less distractions for the baby. We aren't saying you need to have a breastfeeding cover while your in public, we highly support au natural but this is just an alternative for moms who have easily distracted babies.
3. Keep them Awake
One of the best pieces of breastfeeding advice I ever received was from a friend of mine who breastfed all 8 of her kids. Her advice. Keep them awake while breastfeeding. Now, this advice sounds easy and simple right? Well, it is but it can be more difficult than you think. It's 3 a.m. and it's time to get up and feed your little one. You're exhausted. You just want to feed and get both of you back to bed. After a few minutes of eating your baby starts to fall asleep. They look so peaceful and adorable. This is your perfect opportunity to snuggle with them while they're sleeping, so you let them sleep. This is what happens more often than we know.
Yes, they are way too adorable when they fall asleep in your arms but to save you many hours and sleepless nights down the road, keep your baby awake during feedings. The best methods for doing this is to take some clothes off of them, play with their feet, put a cold washcloth on them, hold them in a different position. Some of these may sound mean but they will make your feeding more efficient and keep your baby well fed and nourished. After taking this advice I went from 2 hour long feedings to just 30-45 mins and she slept longer.
4. Nursing Necklace
Another way to keep easily distracted babies entertained is with a nursing necklace. Babies like to look and play with everything. They love to play with your hair, you're earrings your clothes, even your face. Wearing a nursing necklace is a great way to keep them entertained as they are fun to play with, soft and have fun shapes. These necklaces also make great teething necklaces when your little ones need something to chew on during feedings.
5. Pay Attention To Your Diet
If your baby hasn't been breastfeeding properly, is fussy or gassy or is spitting up a lot, you might need to switch up your diet. This is a pretty common issue among breastfeeding. Some foods that you're eating could be upsetting your babies stomach. Some of the foods that you should try to avoid are dairy, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. These foods are known to cause more gas so if you limit them or avoid them it should help.
Let us know if you have tried any of these breastfeeding tips. Do you have any breastfeeding tips that you would like to share? Comment below.