Nursing & Feeding

We at Parenthoodbliss have rounded up the only nursing and feeding tips you’ll ever need, from the experts who’ve figured out the smartest tricks, shortcuts, and solutions.

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Nursing And Feeding Tips

Here are quick nursing and feeding tips for our blissful moms:

  • Anticipate the desires of your baby
  • Allow your baby to determine how often and long they’d like to be nursed
  • When nursing, make sure you’re comfortable 
  • Help your baby to find the right decisions
  • Relax
  • If you’re leaking, do not worry, it’s completely normal
  • We recommend taking care of your skin. If you come across any rash, talk to your doctor and/or apply a nursing rash cream
  • Do not panic, there’s enough milk for your baby
  • Avoid engorgement 
  • If needed, never hesitate to ask for help!

FAQs

1. For how long should I nurse my baby at each feeding?

A newborn baby must be nursed for at least 2 to 3 hours and 10 to 15 minutes on each side. Moreover, an average of 20 to 30 minutes per feeding definitely helps ensure that the baby is full and is getting enough breast milk, as needed. This also allows enough time to help stimulate the mother’s body to build upon the milk supply.

2. How many hours a day do you breastfeed?

Nursing frequently helps to encourage a good milk supply and reduces engorgement. Therefore, you must make sure to try and nurse at least 10 – 12 times per day. If your baby is showing signs of hunger, do not wait for long or for the baby to cry. These signs of hunger into stirring, rooting, hands in mouth, etc.

3. What are the things a mother must avoid while breastfeeding?

Here are 5 foods that you must avoid when breastfeeding your baby:
  • Fish with a high mercury rate
  • Herbal supplements
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Highly processed foods

  • 4. How do I know my baby is full when breastfeeding?

    As simple as it can get, when your baby is full, they are really full! Being sleepy, relaxed, having open palms, floppy arms, loose/soft body, hiccups, etc, then be assured that your baby is full.

    5. How to make breastfeeding less painful?

    In order to help unclog the duct of your breasts and ease the pain, you must:
  • Take warm showers
  • Use warm compress
  • Massaging the area
  • This will help you unclog the ducts, causing less pain. Make sure to position the baby so the nose is pointed toward the clogged area.

    6. Is it ok to wake the baby to feed?

    Newborns who take long stretches of sleep must be awakened to feed. As per recommendation, parents must make sure to wake their baby every 3–4 hours for a feed or until there’s good weight gain, which will only happen within the first couple of weeks. Once that’s out of the way, it’s ok to let your baby sleep for longer periods at night.

    7. Can I drink milk while breastfeeding?

    The children whose moms drink cow milk during breastfeeding help reduced the risk of developing food allergies.

    8. Do soft breasts mean a low milk supply?

    In most cases, softer breasts or shorter feeds indicate a decrease in milk supply or the baby adjusting to breastfeeding.

    9. How can I produce more milk for breastfeeding?

    Here are 8 ways to help boost the milk supply:
  • Nurse when the baby demands
  • Use a power pump
  • Consume lactation cookies
  • Drink pre-mama lactation support mix
  • Massage your breast while nursing or pumping
  • Eat and drink more often
  • Get enough rest
  • You must nurse from both sides