8 Breastfeeding Lifehacks For Moms

Breastfeeding is one of every mom’s instinctual duty towards her newborn. It is where babies and mommies feel that special connection between them. Mommies are fed with emotional delight from their little ones as babies are fed with their first line of physical and emotional essentials – nutrition and love.

And most moms breastfeed their youngs without much ado on milk supply, breast sizes, soreness and best position, while others just wonder how not a single drop is coming out. If you are one of these moms in trouble, here are 8 Breastfeeding Lifehacks for you.

1. Breast Size

Ditch out this perennial and non-conclusive breasty gossip. Your breast size is insignificant towards your ability to breastfeed. Fact, Women with small breasts sometimes produce more milk than those with full heavy breasts filled mostly with fatty tissues.

2. Consult an Expert

As always, in any trade, consult an obstetrician and get more actionable insight on what to do with your breast before, during and after pregnancy. On breastfeeding, moms nipples tend to go sore, you might ask that for example.


3. First Kiss, First Hug and of course - First Milk!

First Milk! There is this whitish to yellowish liquid that oozes out from a mother’s breast even before the actual milk is released, it is called Colostrum. Colostrum provides the baby the first line of defence and immunity even before vaccination is done and a lot more benefits from that. If you wonder what’s the best benefits of breastfeeding – Learn it here »  

Of course, don’t forget the Kiss and the Hug, as recent studies show that this first filial and maternal encounter skin to skin gives elevated emotional and physical wellness to the infant as well as to the mother since it encourages the first ever breastfeeding. This delivery regimen is called “Unang Yakap” here in the Philippines.

4. Fill-In The Gaps

Most working moms find it hard to breastfeed their young. Nevertheless, just continue breastfeeding as much as you can, squeeze in as much time as you can. Fill-in the gaps – such as when you arrive at home after work or from a quick errand. What is important is that you don’t miss that maternal and filial intimacy that happens during breastfeeding.

5. Latching Stimulation

Your baby’s nursing to your breast tends to stimulate more milk naturally. A baby tends to nurse frequently (almost every two hours) for some for a couple of weeks. But when he is about a month and a couple of weeks the baby tends to feed even more, this tends to signal the breast to produce more milk to satisfy him for at least a two days until the amount is stabilized and satisfies him. Let your baby set his own feeding schedule and don’t rush him into it.

6. Best Breastfeeding Position

Lying down is suggested with a pillow or two to prop you up. Or simply sit down in a comfortable chair holding your baby into your arms – a rocking chair is better.

Offer each breast ten minutes each. Both breasts must be emptied or they’ll get so guzzled and become painful. Less milk will be produced due to lack of space. If the baby falls asleep before two breasts are done, pinch his cheeks gently to awaken him. If the baby fails to do so, you may use a breast pump to empty your breast.

Do not pull your breast while the baby is actively sucking, doing so everytime will cause your nipples to sore. Hold the baby in a different position to prevent the nipples from cracking. The nipple should be flexed in different positions from time to time.

As an added suggestion, do not wash your nipple with alcohol or water before feeding as these might eliminate the natural oils in your nipple that lubricate it and prevent it from drying.


7. Post-Delivery Diet

If you plan to breastfeed, ask your doctor about basic nutrition after birthing. As a rule of thumb, you should be eating the same way you were eating before delivery. Ideally, clams with moringa and pepper leaves (Sili) will help in milk production.

Doctors may also prescribe supplements such as iron and multivitamins to supplant nutrients lost during and after pregnancy. Consult your doctor before taking any of these.

Know what’s The Best Natural Diet for nursing moms »

8. Postpartum Issues

This, first and foremost reduces milk production including all other emotional fatigue on and even after birthing. So always find ways to soothe yourself emotionally. A supportive husband is indispensable in moments like this.

Always talk to professionals even before your full-term pregnancy. They could be gynecologist, ob gyn and pediatrician most specially.

More in the bag for you on How To Deal With Postpartum Issues »



Author's Corner

Sweet, I blame you not, for mine the fault was, had I not been made of common clay. I had climbed the higher heights unclimbed yet, seen the fuller air, the larger day. From the wildness of my wasted passion I had struck a better, clearer song, Lit some lighter light of freer freedom, battled with some Hydra-headed wrong. – Oscar Wilde

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