Last week was Breastfeeding Awareness Week, but the whole month of August is National and World Breastfeeding Awareness month. Breastfeeding, especially exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months postpartum and is highly recommended to boost an infant’s immune system. For first time mothers, breastfeeding could be something new, while mothers with experience from previous birth already know how to create a latch with their newborn infant. If you are having problems with breastfeeding, seek the counsel of a certified lactation consultant to assist you on your breastfeeding journey and answer any questions you may have from mastitis to engorgement.
Mustela USA does an excellent job of providing breastfeeding tips, that I can’t go without mentioning their pointers in this awareness post. They go into further detail with each tip and strongpoint.
- Anticipate your baby’s desires
- Let your baby determine how often and how long to nurse
- Get comfortable while nursing
- Help your baby find the right position
- Don’t be alarmed, leaking is natural
- Take care of your skin
- Don’t worry, you’ll have enough milk
- Look for signs that breastfeeding is going well
- Avoid engorgement
- Ask for help
- Stay hydrated
If you are having problems with your baby’s latch or breastfeeding in general, don’t be afraid to seek help beyond the nurse. Every hospital should have a lactation consultant and be of access to assist you in your breastfeeding journey. Let’s continue to advocate for breastfeeding as a healthy baby correlates with a healthy mother who can breastfeed. Everyone should have the capacity to breastfeed! Let’s normalize it.