16 Best Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

by admin
Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Looking for breastfeeding tips for new moms? This post shares how you can make it a comfortable experience for you and baby, and offers some ideas for boosting and/or maintaining your milk supply.

Welcome to the extraordinary journey of motherhood! As a new mom, you’re likely navigating a world filled with joy, sleepless nights, and, of course, learning the ins and outs of breastfeeding.

In this article, we’ll explore essential tips to make your breastfeeding journey smoother and more enjoyable. From navigating pumping and breastfeeding positions to practical advice on milk supply and beyond, let’s delve into how you can make the most of this incredibly fulfilling chapter of your life.

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

When you are starting your breastfeeding journey, it may seem like information overload. But the truth is, us mamas have been feeding our babies since the beginning of time. Nonetheless, it’s natural to concern yourself over whether you are producing enough milk and how you can best provide for your newborn baby.

Breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding experiences, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. The following breastfeeding hacks have gotten me through nursing session after nursing session with both of my children!

1. Create a Nursing Cart

You never realize just how much you need until you can’t get up to get it because you have a baby latched onto your breast. Suddenly all you can think about is how thirsty you are, how you wish you brought a snack, or how tender your nips feel after baby finished eating on one side.

Having all your breastfeeding essentials neatly organized in one place is a game changer when you are a nursing mama. Enter the nursing cart – a mobile haven for all things breastfeeding.

Stock it with nipple cream, extra pump parts, water bottles, snacks, nursing pads, and anything else you might need during your nursing sessions. This clever addition ensures that you have everything within arm’s reach, making those late-night feeds a breeze. An added bonus is a cart with wheels so you can easily relocate it if you want to nurse in a different spot!

2. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Holy thirsty! Prepare to drink more water than you ever have, especially in the early days.

Staying hydrated is a cornerstone of maintaining a healthy milk supply. Make it a habit to keep a water bottle within arm’s reach during nursing sessions and throughout the day. A large water bottle with a handle is perfect (your excuse to get a Stanley).

3. Refrigerate Your Pump Parts Throughout the Day

Let’s face it; the last thing you want to do after a nursing session is meticulously clean and dry your breast pump parts before you need them again in three hours – especially if you are exclusively pumping. Instead, save time by storing them in the refrigerator between uses. This not only keeps them hygienic but also reduces the frequency of washing.

After each pump sesh, give your parts a quick rinse and put them in a clean container in the fridge to stay chilled until your next pump. At the end of the day, give them a wash or put them in the dishwasher. This method prevents headaches AND bacteria.

One of my all-time favorite resources for this method is Kristen Krahl of @bemybreastfriend – she provides tons of reviews and tutorials on pumps, washing, cycling milk and more.

4. Have a Hand Pump On Hand

Don’t underestimate the power of a good hand breast pump. Whether you’re on the go or looking for a quieter pumping option, a hand pump can be a valuable addition to your breastfeeding toolkit. It’s discreet, portable, and provides an excellent backup for times when your electric pump isn’t available.

I didn’t use a hand pump with my first baby and I wish I did! I use it frequently with my second and it is always super helpful in a bind. If I know I am going to be out and about for a while, I pack a hand pump so I can easily empty my breasts and not compromise my milk supply.

5. Track Feeds with an App

Consider utilizing a breastfeeding app to track nursing sessions. These apps can be incredibly helpful in recording feeding times, diaper changes, sleep patterns, and growth spurts, offering valuable insights into your baby’s routine. Some apps even provide alerts and reminders, ensuring you stay on top of your breastfeeding schedule (a big plus if you need help waking up at all hours of the night to feed).

My favorite for both of my children has been the Huckleberry app. I have used it religiously and always count on it to remind myself when my next feed is, especially when I am really busy.

6. Give Yourself Grace and Patience

The first hour, days, and weeks of breastfeeding can be challenging in many different ways. And, the longer you are able to nurse, the more of your time it is going to take.

Side bar: The average mom spends 1,800 hours nursing a YEAR – practically a full-time job. Go us.

New mothers must understand that everyone’s experience is different. For some it may come naturally and for others it may take some trial, error, and time. Some may nurse for a handful of months and others may go well past the one-year mark. No matter your experience, it is always a good idea to give yourself patience, grace, and a huge hug for your efforts and time! And no comparing!

7. Have an Extra Set of Pump Parts

Avoid the frustration of searching for missing pump parts or cleaning the ones from your last session by investing in multiple sets. Having a spare set on hand can be a game-changer, especially if you’re a pumping mom or plan to return to work. This way, you’ll always have clean and ready-to-use pump parts, ensuring a stress-free experience.

8. Embrace Side Lying

It’s important to experiment with various breastfeeding positions to discover which works best for you and your baby. Nighttime feeds can be challenging, especially when you find yourself with a sore back, neck, or arms. But the side-lying position can make them more comfortable for both you and your baby. Lie down on your side with your baby facing you, creating a cozy breastfeeding nook. This position not only promotes skin-to-skin contact but also allows you to rest while feeding your little one.

Side lying saved my breastfeeding journey with my first baby, and was something I quickly adopted with my second. It allowed me to nurse my daughter for 17 months, while staying comfortable and resting when I needed.

9. Know Your Insurance Benefits

Your insurance may provide you with a free or severely discounted breast pumps and parts – which is good news because some of the best pumps can be pretty pricey.

I was able to order my Spectra and my Elvie Stride through Aeroflow Breastpumps, who also sends me replacement parts for free every three months.

10. Stock Up On Snacks

Fueling your body with nutritious snacks is crucial for your milk supply. As a new mom, your energy demands skyrocket, especially during breastfeeding. Opt for snacks rich in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates to keep your energy levels stable. Foods like oats, nuts, yogurt, fruits, and whole-grain crackers are excellent choices. Incorporate galactagogues, which are substances believed to boost milk production, into your snacks. If you need something simple and already prepared, try lactation cookies! These are my favorite.

Staying well-nourished not only benefits your overall health but also contributes to a healthy milk supply for your little one. So, snack wisely!

11. Learn How to Deal with Clogged Ducts and Engorgment

Engorgement and clogged milk ducts can be really uncomfortable, but you can clear them with some simple steps. Apply warm compresses to the affected area before nursing, massage the area gently, and ensure your baby has a good latch. Frequent nursing and changing breastfeeding positions can also help prevent clogged ducts in the first place. If the issue persists, consult with a lactation specialist for personalized guidance.

Some of my favorite products for relief:

12. Get a Good Nipple Cream

Take care of your nips, mama! Nipple pain and/or discomfort is a natural part of early breastfeeding, as you and baby get used to how to feed and how to eat.

You won’t always need it; eventually your nips will develop a certain tolerance where nursing feels like nothing (almost like callouses, right? lol). Until they start teething, that is.

13. Invest in a Good Nursing Bra (or five)

A comfortable and supportive nursing bra is a game-changer. Look for options that provide easy access for nursing, proper support, and flexibility as your body changes. A well-fitted nursing bra can make breastfeeding more comfortable and reduce the risk of issues like sore nipples. Also consider nursing bras that are pumping compatible so you don’t have to change every time.

14. Nursing Pillows are a Must-Have

A nursing pillow is not just a fluffy accessory – it’s a breastfeeding essential. Experiment with different positions, like the cradle hold or football hold, using the nursing pillow for added support for you and for baby’s head.

Finding the right position can make nursing more comfortable for you both. If you don’t have access to a nursing-specific pillow, use pillows from your bed or couch to prop yourself in a comfortable position. Remember, it shouldn’t feel like work, so get comfortable!

15. Master the Latch

Your baby’s latch is the key to successful breastfeeding. The best way is to ensure a deep latch: your baby’s mouth should cover a significant portion of the areola, not just the nipple. And your baby’s nose shouldn’t be covered by your breast.

Experiment with different breastfeeding positions to find what works best for you and your baby. If you’re struggling with latch issues or have any other trouble breastfeeding, don’t hesitate to consult with a lactation specialist for guidance. They may also be able to refer you to a breastfeeding class or support groups.

16. Create a Comfy and Private Nursing Space 

Creating a comfortable and private space for breastfeeding is crucial. Whether it’s a designated corner in your home or a breastfeeding cover for on-the-go, having privacy allows you and your baby to focus on the task at hand. It also helps to reduce distractions and promote a relaxing environment.

The benefits of breastfeeding are vast for both mama and baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports thats breastfeeding protects against a variety of conditions and diseases. However, as a new mom, it’s understandable to be more focused on mastering the best ways to feed your new baby before you can even begin to think about all of the ways it can help.

The breastfeeding journey is unique for every mom and baby duo. These tips are meant to empower you and make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, so find what works best for you. Cherish these moments, stay connected with your support network, and celebrate the incredible bond that breastfeeding brings to you and your new family.

You may also like

Leave a Comment