09:22 30th July 2019 | Breastfeeding
The Joys of Motherhood…
Now, your baby is here! You’ve got everything under control, from feeding and clothing the baby to bathing him/her.
But you are yet to find a solution to that uncomfortable, sometimes painful, feeling of engorged breasts.
Even more frustrating is the fact that your baby also has some difficulty latching on to a rock-hard breast. So here's how to relieve that painful feeling and get the milk flowing.
• Stay cool. Applying ice packs or bags of frozen peas to your breasts is one way of easing the pain. Another tried-and-true remedy? Cabbage leaves! Keep a large head of green cabbage in your refrigerator or freezer. When you feel sore, peel off a leaf, stick it in your bra, and voila! An instant breast-shaped ice pack.
• Take a warm shower. Heat promotes the flow of milk. You'll lose a little milk in the process, but if you're nursing regularly, there'll always be more where that came from.
• Express yourself. Expressing a small amount of milk manually or with a pump can help soften things up so your baby can latch on more easily.
• Lie down. Lying on your stomach relieves the pull of gravity and for some women soothes the pain.
Try these remedies and thank us later.
Also, it never hurts to be aware of what to expect and how breastfeeding can potentially be beneficial to not just your little one, but to you as well. These helpful nuggets could be right up your alley.
• Breastfeeding tip 1: Breastfeeding increases your bonding time, saves a ton of cash, and studies suggest it can boost baby’s brain power.
• Breastfeeding tip 2: Be prepared for leaks! They can happen at any time. Purchase a ready supply of absorbent nursing pads
• Breastfeeding tip 3: If you can establish a good latch from the beginning, you will successfully avoid most of the other nursing problems
• Breastfeeding tip 4: Many moms enjoy an unexpected perk while exclusively breastfeeding: They don't menstruate. However, you can get pregnant again without having your period! So, play safe!
• Breastfeeding tip 5: Most women experience very full breasts (engorgement) at least once while nursing -- usually three to five days after birth when their milk comes in. While engorgement can be very uncomfortable, it generally corrects itself once Mom's supply adapts to Baby's demands..
• Breastfeeding tip 6: Provides ideal nutrition for babies. Breast milk contains everything your baby needs during the first months of life — including immune-strengthening antibodies
• Breastfeeding tip 7: A breast pump is a great way to relieve and to store up milk for a night out or if you plan to nurse after you return to work
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