There’s no denying that breast milk is one of the most nutritious gifts youcan give your baby. It’s packed with antibodies and vitamins, strengthening your baby’s ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. But while breastfeeding is an undoubtedly beautiful and mutually beneficial experience, getting started isn’t always easy. Read on for 5 easy ways to make your breastfeeding experience more successful…
1. Stay Hydrated
Sometimes, the key to more milk production is as simple as drinking more water. Get into the habit of ingesting more liquids by keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day. To make it more refreshing, add a squeeze of lemon and a few slices of cucumber.
2. Create a Schedule
While nursing is an intimate and beautiful bonding experience, there are moments when it can also feel logistically impossible. Whether it’s time to go back to work, or you’d like your partner to partake in those “dream” feedings, we recommend opting for a reliable bottle. The Munchkin LATCH bottle was specifically designed to transition from breast to bottle—and back again.
3. Give Yourself a Massage
Increasing circulation and blood flow is one of the tricks said to enhance lactation. While the baby is suckling, give yourself a massage by gently rubbing around the breast. This can also help reduce stress levels– another factor that inhibits milk production.
The calmer your body is, the more likely you are to produce a steady flow of breast milk. So while it may seem indulgent, carve out time to de-stress every day. Whether it’s soaking in a bubble bath, taking a power nap, or just sitting down and giving yourself a break, little moments can make a significant impact on reducing overall anxiety levels.
5. Build Nursing Sanctuary
Whether it’s a little nook in the corner of a room, or something more lavish, create a space that feels calming; something you look forward to retrieving to during feedings. While it’s true that you won’t always have the luxury of nursing at home, breastfeeding provides the perfect opportunity to cultivate a little “alone” space.
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