Breastfeeding – get started breastfeeding your baby

Get your breastfeeding well underway from the start, then you will have far better conditions to be able to breastfeed your baby throughout the recommended period.

Your breast milk is the very best food for your little baby, as the milk contains all the necessary nutrients that your baby needs.

Breastfeeding can well become a stressful moment in the beginning, as you just have to figure it all out. We hope that with this article we can help you get started breastfeeding really well.

Get started with breastfeeding

Here we will tell you how to get started with breastfeeding. You will discover that it can be a really nice cozy moment that you and your baby have all to yourself.

Also read about how to put the baby to the breast so that the little baby can enjoy the good breast milk.

You do not get sagging breasts from breastfeeding

We are just starting this article by dispelling one of the biggest myths surrounding breastfeeding. No you do not get sagging breasts from breastfeeding. It is the pregnancy itself that changes the size and shape of your breasts, it has nothing to do with breastfeeding itself.

While breastfeeding, your breasts will be firmer and fuller as they are filled with milk. When you stop giving baby breast milk, then the breasts will naturally become slacker as the filling (milk) is no longer present.

Also read: Help if you have sore nipples

Therefore, it is important that your breastfeeding gets off to a good start

Breast milk is without a doubt the very best food you can give your newborn baby.

The National Board of Health recommends that the baby live exclusively on breast milk for the first 6 months, after which breastfeeding is reduced but continues as a supplement until the baby is around 1 year old.

Biologically speaking, breast milk has the right composition of antibodies, protein, fat, vitamin and carbohydrate. In addition, studies show that breastfeeding for the first 4 months reduces the risk of later allergies in the baby.

And then the food is always easily available, it does not run out of date, it is free, and you avoid the hassle of boiling and sterilizing bottles.

Breastfeeding creates a relationship between you and your baby

But one thing is all the practical reasons as mentioned above. Another very big bonus is the closeness and close contact that you and your baby experience during breastfeeding. Many women would not have been that experience besides.

So there are a lot of things that suggest that you breastfeed your baby.

Also read: How to milk breast milk

When the milk runs to the breast

In the time immediately after birth, the milk in the breasts will be thick and yellowish and almost mayonnaise fat. It is called colostrum, and colostrum is very rich in antibodies that help protect the baby from infections.

Usually the right milk runs for 1-3 days after birth. Some people experience very sore breasts in this connection, and it can be quite painful. It is generally said that you have no doubt at all about when the right milk will run out.

And it is also known that you can get a huge toot these days, which is a combination of chest pain and the reaction to the whole delivery. So do not be alarmed if you just feel overwhelmed these days.

Breastfeeding pillow is a good help

A really good breastfeeding pillow is a good thing to have, it supports the baby’s head at breast height so it does not become stressful for you.

Because if you have to use force to keep your arm up so that the baby can reach the breast, you will end up with pain in the shoulder in a very short time.

So make sure you sit well and comfortably and feel free to slap your legs up on the coffee table, because you never know how long you will be sitting there.

Also remember to have a cloth diaper or tea towel ready if the child vomits along the way, because it is so annoying to have to run around and look for it afterwards with a fly down the neck.

TIP: You can compare prices on a lot of good breastfeeding pillows on and thereby save yourself from paying more highly necessary.

baby lying on breastfeeding pillow

Also buy breastfeeding clothes

Another thing that you quickly find out is that it is super nice with the right clothes. There are special clothes that are intended for women who are breastfeeding – also called breastfeeding clothes.

For example, a nursing bra is indispensable, it is so cunningly arranged that you can loosen part of the bra so that the breast is exposed and the baby can come to without you having to take the whole bra off.

You can also get blouses and tops that are designed so that they are easy to breastfeed in.

Breastfeeding can be done sitting or lying down

Most people sit up and breastfeed, but at night it can have its benefits to be able to breastfeed lying down.

If the baby is lying in a crib or bed next to your own bed, you can just take the baby over to your bed and breastfeed it while you lie in bed.

It’s a matter of taste, and it may not be that what works for others is the best solution for you, so give it a try.

How to put the baby to the breast

No matter what position you sit or lie in when you place the baby to the chest, the baby should lie with his stomach against your stomach, and the head should be slightly bent so that the nose is free of the chest.

It is difficult to swallow milk if you also have to breathe through the mouth at the same time. The baby’s mouth should be wide open and it is important that the mouth encloses the nipple and the brown area around the nipple.

If the baby just sucks on the nipple, then the milk ducts will be squeezed together and then no milk will come out.

If the baby does not show signs of wanting to suck, try to tickle it on one cheek, then it will automatically turn its head and seek the breast.

Such is the composition of breast milk

The first milk that comes out of the breast at a breastfeeding year is thin, and it is popularly said the thirst quencher. Afterwards, the milk comes in smaller quantities, but in return it is fatter and more nutritious. It is this milk that satisfies the baby.

It is therefore important that you let the baby finish eating from one breast before you possibly. offers the other breast.

Because if you only just let the baby get a tear from each breast, then it will not be the fat saturating milk the baby gets but only the thirst quenched milk.

Remember to take breaks along the way if the child needs it so that it does not become a chased meal time.

Let the baby burp after the meal

When the baby has finished eating, place it over your shoulder or over your knees so that it can burp.

Not all babies burp after breastfeeding, but if the baby has got flatulence during breastfeeding, then it is important to get rid of it, as it can otherwise cause stomach cramps.

Many children also vomit after breastfeeding, this is completely normal, and it does not mean that you have to start all over again with breastfeeding, now that something has vomited up.

If you need to supplement breastfeeding with infant formula

It is not at all abnormal that you will need to supplement your breastfeeding with breast milk substitute. If your baby is not gaining enough weight, it may be an indication that you are not getting enough milk.

And then it will be recommended that you supplement breastfeeding with breast milk substitute. And that’s just fine – a lot of healthy and very healthy babies have come out of the combination of breastfeeding + infant formula.

So finally do not hesitate to supplement your breastfeeding, it is no shame if you do not have enough milk yourself.

Also read: All about breast milk substitute

Here you get good breastfeeding advice

In our cozy baby forum we have some amazing experts – namely all the current mothers. Many of them have breastfed one or more children.

Finally come in and ask a lot of questions about breastfeeding and about how they have put their babies to the breast.

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