Wondering what you need to know before you start breastfeeding?
Here are what some moms wish they had known…
1. Breastfeeding Hurts Initially
Danielle Koubaro via The Bump says,
“Whether this is your first or fourth baby, it hurts (severely).”
She goes on to say that your nipples need to go through an adjustment period. It doesn’t necessarily mean that baby is latching on poorly. It can take 2-3 weeks, but if you push through, it does get better.
2. If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get
The staff at the hospital can demonstrate to you how to get your baby to latch properly, but they may not volunteer it. If you are not being offered the help you need, ask for it. Don’t be shy. You and your baby need to get this one right.
3. More Than One Position
You may think there is only one correct position to breastfeed the baby, but if it’s not working for you, there may be another. If you are having neck pain or baby is just not getting the milk he or she needs, your position can be adjusted. Multiple holds work including, get this, lying down! Keep reading via What To Expect Here
4. You Need More Water
When you start breastfeeding, you need a good deal more water to stay hydrated. Your body is now creating fluid for baby and it is best to up your intake before the baby arrives. Be prepared. More water will help keep your energy up and keep your body in balance. Tip via Intoxicated On Life
5. Your Hunger Will Increase
Just because the baby is on the outside doesn’t mean you are no longer supplying him or her nourishment. You still are if you are breastfeeding and this means you may be more hungry…way more hungry. The increase in hunger can also be caused by hormones that fluctuate during breastfeeding.
6. Can Help You Lose Baby Weight
Breastfeeding for 6 months or more can help you lose that extra baby weight faster and easier. This is one of the biggest helpers to new moms who are seeking their pre-baby bodies. It can also help new moms feel less stressed while bonding with their baby which also helps you manage weight.
7. Your Breast Pump May Be Free
If you call your insurance company within 30 days before your delivery date, you may be able to get a breast pump for free. This is due to the Affordable Care Act. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
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