How to Breastfeed: Universal Recommendations

Discover simple tips on how to breastfeed a newborn. Find out natural ways to help ensure breastfeeding success.

“Women are, quite simply, amazing. We can make a baby, have a baby and feed a baby…all without even getting out of bed.” -Smartass Mommies

Breastfeeding is the normal and natural way to nourish an infant. I have no doubt about it. On the other hand, with my own experience and my observations with families that I support, breastfeeding can be challenging. Difficult. Overwhelming. Although it is a natural thing to do, it is also a learned behavior.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a large number of studies have shown that mothers and other caregivers of children should receive active support to establish and maintain a suitable practice of breast feeding.

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Maybe in our industrialized societies, valuable knowledge has been lost in recent generations…
I am always moved when I see a mother who had no difficulty with early breastfeeding. Lucky woman…even if luck has nothing to do with it! A bit of instinct, a bit of learning and a lot of confidence!

How To Breastfeed? Empowerment!

In general, when starting breastfeeding, baby is not latching perfectly from the start. This causes very often cracking and sore nipples. I suggest you apply Lansinoh HPA cream with lanolin. This small miracle cream is recommended by lactation consultants and is safe for mother and baby. You can click on the link below to get a glimpse of this great product.

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Here are simple and natural things a new mother can do right after delivery to help ensure bonding and breastfeeding success:

Have confidence in your ability to breastfeed. I can never say it enough. The human being has ensured its survival over millions of years through breastfeeding. The modern society has become industrialized, but our body is capable of feeding a child. It’s the nature of human beings. It’s one of our superpower!
Surround yourself with supportive people. Speak with a breastfeeding support mother or an experienced woman who had a positive breastfeeding experience. The effect of surrounding yourself with people who believe in breastfeeding is very important…and it’s free! If you are not sure how to contact a breastfeeding support mother, talk to your obstetrician or your midwife.
Breastfeed as soon as within the first hour after birth.Your baby can be very responsive mainly if he/she has been put naked on your naked belly. His/her instinct to suckle will be strengthened. You can even try breast crawl as you can see on this video. Since it’s a reflex, your baby can crawl up to your breast and begin to suck by itself,guided by the smell of your nipple. An amazing experience!
Breastfeed on demand. Because every baby is unique, it is the same for his/her needs. Avoid timing the feedings and watch your little love rather than looking at the clock! Ibelieve that early and frequent stimulation of breasts can ultimately lead to an increased supply of milk and less difficulty.
Sucking-sucking-swallowing-breathing! Make sure your baby has a good latch and swallows milk. Your baby will do 2-3 rhythmic sucking movements followed by a pause during which he/she swallowed the milk. A good latch will avoid mastitis, sore and cracked nipples.

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  • Skin-to-skin contact. It is an important step to promotebondingand breastfeeding. Please, visit my page concerning bonding and attachment parenting for more tips on how to breastfeed your infant.
  • Stay in bed!Cohabit in close contact with your baby from the first moments after birth is a must. Create a calm environment where you will fell comfortable. Say no to visitors if it’s a stressor and protect your intimacy. I like to say to young families that I support as a doula that the first month with an infant is a Babymoon.

To enable mothers to establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for six months, WHO and UNICEF recommend:

  • Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding. The infant only receives breastmilk without any additional food or drink, not even water.
  • Breastfeeding on demand. As often as the child wants, day and night.
  • No use of bottles, teats or pacifiers.

Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Breastfeeding can be a real challenge and it can be hard.The early weeks for new mothers can be overwhelming and yet, rewarding. If you can make it through the first six weeks or so, you are well on your way to an easier way of living. You will be proud to have developed this simple and natural way to feed your child. Finally ready and full of confidence to introduce your child to the whole world!

Find out more on our step by step guide called Pregnancy Yoga Resource. Click here to download it in PDF format.