Mum and Baby Come First
In the first days of the breastfeeding mother it is so important to give them all the help
possible. Remember this is a time that can produce much greater physical and mental
stress to mom and baby, therefore any help and support that can be given can only be
Help Remove The Physical and Emotional Roadblocks
Three days after giving birth, 92 percent of the new mothers said they were having problems breast-feeding. So take a look at the article below and see how we can help make this
an easier time for mom and baby
Most women understand the benefits of breastfeeding their infants, but there are physical and emotional roadblocks that can make it a challenge for moms. During the first weeks of a baby’s life it is vital for mom to be able to focus on caring for herself and nursing her infant.
“Moms are already sore and tired from being post-partum and it can be exhausting and difficult to feed the baby on demand at all hours.”
Breastfeeding is a learning process for both mom and baby and requires patience and practice. While in the hospital, moms should take advantage of resources such as lactation consultants who are readily available to assist with establishing good breastfeeding practices and offer advice on common problems, such as trouble latching on.
“Visitors can wait. Use these early days to become confident in breastfeeding. While in the hospital use the time to practice nursing and get some help from experts to feel comfortable without worrying about privacy,” said Suh.
According to Suh one of the most important components for a breastfeeding mom is a strong support team.
Suh suggests supporters:
• Get up with mom in the middle of the night and see how to be of help or just to keep her company
• Change diapers
• Keep breastfeeding mom’s water glass full
• Prepare a snack or a meal she can eat while feeding the baby
• Do chores such as laundry, cleaning the house or grocery shopping
• If there are other children help, keep them happy and busy
“Emotional support is extremely important to help a mom breastfeed successfully.
Suh says these first few weeks need to be about making mom as happy and comfortable as possible.
The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Loyola University Health System. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.