Even if breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful things in a woman’s life, it proves to be a herculean task for some first-time mothers. No matter with how much positive attitude they jump into breastfeeding, they soon quit nursing due to some most common breastfeeding mistakes committed knowingly or unknowingly. Let's have a look at what are they and how to avoid them!
Not Gathering Enough Information:
This is quite possibly the biggest mistake every new mother make before starting her breastfeeding journey. As you approach the final trimester of your pregnancy, you should educate yourself well about the basics and techniques of breastfeeding.Attend breastfeeding classes, watch online videos, conduct online searches, and read a lot of breastfeeding-related stuff to prepare yourself for breastfeeding challenge.
Not Getting Help When You Need It:
Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn't mean it is an easy job. If you’re facing any kind of breastfeeding-related issues, you should immediately talk to an expert lactation consultant rather than working them out on your own. In case you’re not able to afford a lactation consultant, you can always ask your friends who have been through it for help and support.
Being Scared in Public:
This problem is quite common amidst nursing moms. If the thought of breastfeeding in public makes you feel nervous and frightened, don't worry. There are a variety of fashionable nursing covers available in the market today, using which you can breastfeed your little one discreetly anytime, anywhere. Buy one for yourself and feel confident while breastfeeding in public.
Offering Bottles and Pacifiers Too Early:
Giving a bottle or pacifier too early to the baby may cause both of you a lot of breastfeeding problems, like nipple confusion and low milk supply. As it's much easier for the baby to remove milk from the artificial nipple than your own breast, chances are your baby will next time prefer a bottle over your breast to experience that ease. To avoid this, don’t offer your baby bottles and pacifiers until you've successfully established breastfeeding.
Sticking to a Strict Feeding Schedule:
According to lactation experts, women who try to feed their newborns on a strict schedule make a serious breastfeeding mistake. Sticking to a rigid feeding schedule not only affects your overall milk supply but also lowers your milk's fat content. Hence, instead of scheduling your baby’s feedings for a certain time frame, it’s better to breastfeed him whenever he is hungry.
Not Breastfeeding Due to Work:
Just because you’re a working woman doesn’t necessarily mean you need to neglect breastfeeding. You can still breastfeed your newborn by pumping and bringing home bottles. Breastfeed your little one when you’re at home in the mornings and evenings, and ask your family members to use the squeezed breast milk in your absence. Don’t stop breastfeeding just for the sake of work!
Sticking to One Posture:
Since there is no fixed position defined to breastfeed an infant, you should keep trying different breastfeeding positions until you find the one that your baby enjoys the most.A good breastfeeding position is the one that allows you to latch your little one onto your breasteasily and effectively. After a fortnight, your little one will adopt a certain comfortable nursing position which you can carry on.
Giving Up or Switching to Formula Too Soon:
Assuming that your milk supply is low, offering your little one formula too soon can sabotage your breastfeeding relationship. In fact, if your milk supply is well-established, supplementing with formula can decrease your current supply. So as far as possible, avoid giving formula milk to your newborn. Also, try not to give up on breastfeeding too quickly. Give it some time and you'll definitely succeed!
Nishant Gupta is the founder of WobblyWalk.com. He is 28-year old married young blogger who feels the difficulty of his wife as a mother and tries to ease other mothers’ lives with the help of his website and content.