My advice to mothers
1. Try breastfeeding. Just try it. There is no other experience like it. The bond between you and your baby is going to be so beautiful. You’ll have a calm and happy baby.
2. Take classes before giving birth. Most birthing classes touch on breastfeeding. Or at least read up on it. There’s a wealth of free information on the internet.
3. Get help from lactation consultants. Most hospitals have them. Ask your doctor even before you give birth. They can teach you how to establish a rhythm.
4. Bring the baby to your breast right after she/he is born. Let the hospital staff know you are planning to breastfeed.
5. Try a lactation massage during the first week. This will help relieve engorgement and help get the milk to flow. You want to avoid getting milk lumps.
6. Go easy on the tools and gadgets. You won’t know what you’ll need until you need it. The only thing necessary in the first day of life is to put your baby to your breast.
You can even try the baby crawl and your newborn can find your breast. Hold off on the pumps and all the gadgets until you need it.
7. Get your entire family to help you.
8. Exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first six months. If you’re breastfeeding your baby, he/she won’t need water, vitamins, cereal, snacks, vitamins or fruit for the first six months. Exclusively breastfeeding will give your baby stronger immunity and it will eradicate the possible exposure to bacteria or contamination.
9. Working mothers are lucky now. There’s the Expanded Breastfeeding Act that’s turned into Law. Companies are now given tax incentives if they provide a room for their employees to nurse, express and refrigerate their milk. Lactating employees can also get an additional 20 minute break every four hours for pumping on top of their mandatory lunch and break time.
10. Breastfeeding is the best way for you to keep your body healthy. You can’t go on crash diets but you’ll be forced to eat healthy, nutritious food for your child. And it’s the best way to lose weight naturally.