We have put together some top tips to help you on your journey.
- Prepare for breastfeeding before your baby is born. Talk to a lactation consultant, read books and websites about breastfeeding, and take classes.
- Get to know your baby’s feeding cues. Crying is a late sign of hunger, so watch for other cues, such as rooting and lip smacking.
- Get comfortable while feeding. Find a position that’s comfortable for both you and your baby.
- Feed your baby on demand. Frequent nursing increases milk supply and ensures your baby gets the nutrition they require.
- Feed your baby for as long as they need. Newborns usually need to feed 8–12 times in 24 hours.
- Avoid dummies and bottles in the early weeks. This helps your baby get used to breastfeeding and helps with milk supply.
- Seek help if you have concerns. Reach out to a lactation consultant if you have any questions or difficulties.
- Take care of yourself. Eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of fluids, and rest when you can.
If you need any help or support contact your health visitor. They are there to help and can point you in the right direction for extra support, should you need it.
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