Nursing Mothers' Blog

    Tips for Breastfeeding Success

    Breastfeeding is a beautiful part of motherhood and it can (and should) be enjoyable for both you and your baby. But let’s be honest, it can be frustrating and you will likely face challenges, especially in the first few weeks. 

    For new moms, we’ve listed some tips below that we’ve found helpful in making the journey a little smoother and let you focus on bonding with your little one. 

    1. Set the Mood – Creating a calm, tranquil environment will help you and your baby focus on the task at hand without distractions.
    2. Nursing Tool Kit – Keep a basket or tote filled with the essentials for breastfeeding or pumping easily accessible and that can go from room to room with you.
    3. Establish a Routine – Using a “let-down cue,” such as taking four or five deep abdominal breaths just before you nurse, can help create a conditioned reflex for your milk let-down to respond.
    4. Relax – Remember that you and your baby are both learning and that practice makes perfect. 
    5. Mother Knows Best – Trust your instincts and take cues from your little one.
    6. Use Props – A breastfeeding pillow can make nursing more comfortable and even easier for some moms.
    7. Seeing is Believing – Breast pumps can provide great peace of mind and build confidence in first-time moms because you can literally see the milk coming out. However, I know from personal expereince, when the milk is NOT coming out, it can add stress instead. Take it one pump at a time, one feed at a time. Use these tips to help you relax for nursing or pumping!
    8. Find a Comfortable Position – Experiment with various positions until you find the ones that work best for you and your baby.
    9. Burp Your Baby Well – Babies have delicate tummies, so make sure you burp your little one to ease any gas bubbles that may have accumulated.
    10. Know You’re Not Alone – Take comfort in knowing that plenty of moms face the same challenges that you are. 
    11. Give Yourself a Break – Challenges do NOT mean you’re a bad mom! Give yourself a break and know you and your baby will figure out what works best for you.

    For any moms who’ve gone through this already, any other tips to share?