As a new mother, breastfeeding may seem like an easy, natural, and instinctive concept. However, for some moms, the act of breastfeeding can sometimes be difficult or awkward, which can lead to discomfort and frustration when nursing.
Some new moms have problems finding the right feeding position, whereas others experience difficulty with getting their infants to latch on properly. In some cases, breastfeeding can be painful and induce flu-like symptoms, which usually means the mother has a plugged duct or infection in the breast.
Regardless of the types of issues and problems you may experience while breastfeeding, it’s important to seek the necessary help and support so you can get back to focusing on providing your newborn with the love and nourishment she needs during feedings.
Here are some helpful tips on breastfeeding for new moms that may provide you with some relief during feeding time.
Take breastfeeding classes before giving birth
Breastfeeding classes provide moms with basic tips about breastfeeding and information about what to expect when you first start nursing. Breastfeeding classes will cover topics such as breastfeeding positions, common breastfeeding problems, how to use breast pumps, and more. Taking breastfeeding classes can help you feel less confused and more in control of breastfeeding after your baby is born.
Seek breastfeeding advice from birthing staff
As soon as your baby is born, nurses, pediatricians, and other neonatal staff will be available around the clock to help you get established as a new mother. During your hospital stay and in the hours after you give birth, you’ll have plenty of access to experts who are usually more than happy to provide you with breastfeeding advice. Some hospitals will also have lactation specialists on-hand to guide and help you through your first breastfeeding session with your newborn. Take advantage of your hospital stay by seeking breastfeeding advice from as many staff members as possible, and adapt the solutions and tips that work best for you and your baby.
Seek support from lactation specialists
Lactation specialists, otherwise known as breastfeeding experts, can provide you with training, support, tips, guidance, and insight into how to make breastfeeding more comfortable and successful for both mom and baby. If you are experiencing difficulty with a particular facet of breastfeeding, lactation specialists can offer the expertise needed to help you overcome any obstacles and get both mom and baby back to healthy and comfortable nursing.
To guide you through your first breastfeeding experiences as a new mom, Shawnee Mission Medical Center has lactation consultants on staff who can work with you and make sure you have all the support you need to nourish your newborn baby. We also offer breastfeeding support groups, which are open to all new moms regardless of where your baby was delivered.
Our Breastfeeding Support Group is held every Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Life Dynamics Building, 9120 W. 75th Street, Shawnee Mission, KS.