Staying abreast of how to feed bub
EVERY mother wants to give her baby a good start in life. By most accounts breastfeeding is the best way to do that.
It helps build your child's immune system in a convenient way, which ensures their healthy growth and development. According to the experts, breastfeeding is better for both mum and bub, but that doesn't mean it is without its challenges.
Some mothers find breastfeeding comes very easily to them, even when they're first-time mums, while others struggle with myriad problems that make the breastfeeding process difficult. Here are some of the most common breastfeeding problems and how to fix them.
Engorged breasts - Engorged breasts happen when the breasts are getting ready to express more mature milk. When your breasts are engorged, they can feel delicate, hot, hard and swollen, which is often uncomfortable and even painful for breastfeeding mothers. The best and fastest way to decrease the torment of engorged breast is to breastfeed more often. If the engorgement is particularly painful you may find it impossible to breastfeed properly. Attempt to express some milk by hand before nursing. Wear an all-around fitted nursing bra which is not very tight around the breasts. If you're still experiencing pain while breastfeeding, you can lessen the distress by putting chilled cabbage leaves on your breast (cut a gap in the centre for your areola). The cool leaves help to lessen the inflammation.
Sore breasts - First-time mums may experience sore breasts and broken areolae while lactating or breastfeeding. While breast milk and the feeding process are usually the reasons behind this, mums should still be fully alert and take preventive measures to prevent infection. Make or buy a calendula salve to speed up recuperation and to avoid contamination through the areola. You can start using olive oil as a moisturiser in the later stages of pregnancy. Apply a drop twice a day. This will make them less sensitive and delicate, as well as less likely to split when you start to feed your baby. Place warm (not hot) tea bags on your sore or broken areolae. Chamomile is a great choice as it reduces inflammation.
Breastfeeding amid illness - Breastfeeding is considered by health professionals to be the best way to improve your child's immune system, making them better prepared to deal with germs. Contrary to what you might think, there's no need to stop breastfeeding if you get sick with the flu or a similar low-grade infection. Your baby cannot catch your illness through breast milk, but they can catch it through other contact so make sure you wash your hands before you feed.
Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stayathomemum.com.au