Breastfeeding is a special time in you and your baby’s life. During pregnancy your body has been getting you ready to breastfeed your newborn baby. While your body is getting you physically ready, you may want to do some preparation in your last trimester to help ensure breastfeeding is an enjoyable success.
Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn't mean it's always easy. One of the biggest complaints from new moms is nipple pain. "If your nipples hurt, it's usually because of a poor breastfeeding latch," says Dr. Jack Newman, head of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in Toronto. Getting the right latch from the beginning is important for two reasons: it ensures your baby is getting sufficient milk and it prevents nipple pain. Here's how to get the right latch to increase your odds of breastfeeding success.
Despite your best intentions, the stabbing pain in your nipples may make you want to give up on breastfeeding. Nipple pain is the most common complaint among lactating women, but nursing should not be a painful process. "Prolonged stabbing or irritating nipple pain is not normal," says Dr. Christina Valentine, medical advisor for Neonatal Nutrition and Lactation at Columbus Children's Hospital. The earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to fix.
Breastfeeding is the ultimate bonding experience between you and your baby. However, it’s not always convenient or possible to breastfeed your baby directly. Here’s the safe way to store your breast milk for safe consumption later.
Breastfeeding may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy – especially at first. Learning to get the correct latch can take time and patience. It is worth it though. The advantages of breastfeeding are endless and continue well past your baby’s first six months. If you’re not convinced that breastfeeding is right for you and your baby, please read on:
Traditional detox diets don’t work if a baby is counting on you for nourishment. If you’re feeling sluggish you can still give your baby a boost. Here’s how to cleanse your body when you’re breastfeeding:
Weaning can be an emotional time for both mom and baby and isn't always an easy process, no matter when you decide to do it. We went to our experts for tips on how to make weaning easier for you and your baby.